Thursday, October 9, 2008

Checking sugar isn't always sweet

Usually when I'm asked to review something, I have to think about it first. But when Noelyci Ingmann of the Ingmann Design Group asked me if I'd review the following item, I immediately said yes.

Notice any new accessory on me?

IDG - Insulin Pump

That's right, I've got an insulin pump on. Noelyci wrote a notecard to accompany the pump, and he explains it a bit better than I could.

The idea behind this Insulin Pump is to educate you and those around you to a small portion of what it means to be diabetic. The pump is a visible symbol of being diabetic and may prompt questions. This is a teaching opportunity. On top of this the pump will remind you every 90 minutes to test your blood sugars. If you want to reset the timer and do it earlier then the alarm you can by touching it, thereby resetting the timer to another 90 minutes. Many diabetics pick times that are advantageous so that they don't have to do it with friends, but you will have to remember to do this or the avatars around you will see you testing.

I hope this gives you a taste of what it means to be a Type 1 Diabetic. To learn more, or to support the search for a cure please visit:

Sure enough, as I was wandering around wearing the pump, I was prompted to check my blood sugars. I was alone when it happened, but it kind of startled me. I mean, what if I'd been with friends? If I were diabetic, I'd have to stop what I was doing to check, right?

IDG - Insulin Pump

The Insulin Pump is a dollarbie at the IDG store, and I think it's kind of a good reminder to those of us who are fortunately healthy to be thankful that we don't have to go through this on a daily basis.

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Emerald Wynn said...

Noel is hot.

And I see you are a donkey.

**glomps Ali anyway**

Noelyci said...

Thanks Alicia, I greatly appreciate you helping me get the word out, and it looks better on you then it does on me.

Casandra Shilova said...

I've heard of them, but have never seen one and didn't realize they had to check that often. I know a diabetic who checks once or twice a day and that's hard enough on her poor skin.

Thank you

Noelyci said...

Cassandra, most doctors say you should check between every 2-4 hours. I had to try and strike a balance between 'realism' and education. I chose 90 minutes because it's what I want to do for myself, even though I often don't. So yeah, it's a bit of a conceit to the virtual world to make it 90 minutes. Most diabetics I know test before meals and no other set time. I myself try for bare minimum 4 hours, whether I eat or not, but I'm not always good at that either.