LifeAfterDx--Diabetes Uncensored

A internet journal from one of the first T1 Diabetics to use continuous glucose monitoring. Copyright 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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Location: New Mexico, United States

Hi! I’m William “Lee” Dubois (called either Wil or Lee, depending what part of the internet you’re on). I’m a diabetes columnist and the author of four books about diabetes that have collectively won 16 national and international book awards. (Hey, if you can’t brag about yourself on your own blog, where can you??) I have the great good fortune to pen the edgy Dear Abby-style advice column every Saturday at Diabetes Mine; write the Diabetes Simplified column for dLife; and am one of the ShareCare diabetes experts. My work also appears in Diabetic Living and Diabetes Self-Management magazines. In addition to writing, I’ve spent the last half-dozen years running the diabetes education program for a rural non-profit clinic in the mountains of New Mexico. Don’t worry, I’ll get some rest after the cure. LifeAfterDx is my personal home base, where I get to say what and how I feel about diabetes and… you know… life, free from the red pens of editors (all of whom I adore, of course!).

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hidden t:Slim treasure

OMG! That icon is a button!

Today my finger brushed the blue insulin “volume” icon at the top right of my pump’s home screen and it opened a new menu called “current status.” Basically, it’s an executive summary of the settings the pump is using in the moment.

It tells me what profile is being used, the right-this-second basal drip, the last bolus, the current carb ratio, the current correction factor, my BG target, and more.

That’s cool.

Oh, and speaking of the screen, I can’t recall if I told you or not, but the pump’s screen is pretty amazing. It features bold, bright colors on a black background. It looks cool, but I suspect that function might have dictated form in this case

The use of color over black makes the pump easy to read in almost every level of light. It’s not auto-adjusting like my iPod Touch, which senses the surrounding light and makes itself brighter or dimmer as the occasion requires, but the t:slim is a triumph of balanced engineering. In pitch-dark it’s easy on the eyes. In normal room light it’s as bright and clear as a high-end plasma TV. In bright outdoor light it’s not great, but you can still read it. Only in the direct blazing sun are you totally screwed. (Wil’s workaround: cup the pump in your hands to create shade, and hold it close to your face. People will think you are trying to light a cigarette in the wind, but fuck ’em, you need insulin more than you need a good reputation.)

Still, I find the screen pretty amazing. And yes, it’s just bright enough to function well as a navigational nightlight when you have to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Life support system. Cool-looking consumer electronic device. Nightlight.

What more could you want?


Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

It's like a neat little easter egg they hid for users just like you!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Bernard said...

Cool Wil, thanks for pointing this out. Agree with you completely re bright sunshine.

8:03 PM  

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