That’s right. No more data. This is as insidious as Abbott's smart strips that won’t work one hour after their expiration date. If I were designing this system I either give a pending sensor replacement alarm in advance, or allow a six hour extension of operation after an alarm.
Can you imagine if your pump shut down after its “time for a new site” alarm?
Speaking of which, I have a window in my Cozmo that lets me look and see when the next site change is. Hmmmmm....Is that going to be tomorrow, or am I confused again? Well, let me see...oh yes next site change is ___________ (fill in the blank).
Why am I grousing about this? Well, I was out to lunch, in the intellectual sense of the word, on a recent sensor change. I forgot all about it until I was shut out. Unfortunately, It was right after a big, badly bolused meal. You can’t just plug back in. It takes two plus hours to spool up. That put my first cal stick on a steep slope above 300. Not the best footing to start out a new sensor. The unilateral shut down didn’t let me plan the best time for insertion of a new sensor.
Speaking of carbs and insulin, I forgot to tell you folks that a while back I adopted a new short cut. The Guardian has a way to enter both a carb value and an insulin bolus amount. However, it is almost a complete waste of time. Note that I said "almost," not "total" waste of time. The reason? The data isn't incorporated in any useful way by the software.
If you log in a meal, it will show up on the daily graph in "UnSolutions" (as I like to call it); but only as a graphic element. That's nice 'cause it says "at this point you put something into your mouth and took some insluin." Or, at this point you took a correction bolus. But....and there is always a "but" with UnSolutions...it is an act of Congress to find out how much insulin or how many carbs are involved. And we all know how slow Congress is, right?
Is there anything I like about UnSolutions? Hmmmm....Well, yes, as a matter of fact. The desk top icon. It looks like a miniature Guardian monitor. Very cute graphic. But that's about where my affection for the software ends....still better than nothing, and I do use it nearly every day. I spend a lot of time looking at the "traces" of the BG over a 24 hour period after I down load them. I just wish I had more flexibility in what I did with that data and how it is displayed.
But back to carbs and insulin, the data is there lurking under the surface of the software, but hidden and not readily available. First you have to close the graph; and second you have to open the log book, which takes foreeeeever to spool up. Then of course, you'd have to close the log book to re-open the graph. As there is no way to read the data while looking at the graph, I find it easier to just look in my food diary or pump log instead. That being the case, why am I wasting my time entering all this info in yet another place?!
Now, I do like having the little logo on the graph so I can quickly see when meals and insulin doses happened. My Solution? I just always enter the same insulin and carbs. That forces the software to leave me a logo, but takes me almost no time to do. The Guardian remembers the last entry so for a meal I just go to events press the ACT button five times and I'm good to go (once to confirm, once for insulin, once for insulin amount, once for carbs, and the last time for carb amount). If it's a correction bolus, same drill but three clicks instead. Maybe a few more buttons and a few less stacked menus would be a good addition to the next generation monitor.
By the way, as I predicted it would happen almost three months ago, the monitor's AAA batteries finally ran down. Readers who've been with me for a while will recall that one of my early bitches about the system was the lack of a battery strength indicator (which almost every other battery powered device on the planet both cheap and expensive have). Instead the Guardian gives you an alarm six hours before the batteries kick the bucket. I predicted this would happen in the middle of the night.
1:47 am last night... err... this morning. Yep. Damn, it's a burden always being right. ;-)
By the way, once that alarm goes of the back light no longer works, so if it is in the middle of the night you can't see what all the commotion is about.
Any way, quick process to change the two AAA batteries. I use the "Bunny Batteries." Energizer. I have no complaints. That was my original set. I got damn near three months out of them. And I use the monitor a lot, and most of the time with the back light too.
Oh well, replacing batteries by moon light four times per year won’t hurt me any....