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  • #9802

    Annette A
    Participant

    I got my pump yesterday – Accu-Chek Combo. Am working on sorting out the pump bit before I even look at the meter (the BG meter acts as remote control for the pump as well, and gives ‘advice’ on what levels to input etc). Anyone else use this one? The meter programming bit looks way complicated…

  • #10206

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @annette – sounds very cool. So is the meter not attached to the pump – does it use Bluetooth or something equally wireless?

  • #10207

    Annette A
    Participant

    Yes, it’s Bluetooth. And once they’ve worked out how to talk to each other, my gadgets are going to take over the world.
    [Just when I think I’ve got the hang of this forum/blog thing, someone (@tim) changes something :-)]

  • #10208

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Aaargh! Scary – it’s like a diabetic version of The Terminator!

  • #10209

    Annette A
    Participant

    Now there’s a thought. I’m envisioning a robotic type humanoid, covered with phones and meters and pumps and cannulas and tubes and insulin pens and unidentified electronic things that go ‘beep’ and flash blue and red LEDs at irregular intervals…

  • #10210

    Annette A
    Participant

    Just thought – my phone can talk to the car as well (at least, to its satnav thing). What if the meter starts muscling in on the act…”You may not start this car until you have done a blood test. Your blood test is too low to allow you to drive. Please eat something.”
    I’m thinking KnightRider with attitude?

  • #10211

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Pfft! The tragic thing is that I’m such a complete geek that I would think that the more bleeping lights, etc., the better!

    Suck geekiness can be demonstrated by the fact that we have a database at home that auto-generates our weekly shopping list for us. Said database runs from a home server I installed under the stairs. Geek!

  • #10214

    Annette A
    Participant

    Okay, I’m confused. (a) A man doing a shopping list? Huh? and (b) I never have the same things on my shopping list from week to week/month to month/ever! Does this database read your mind or your fridge contents? (And how does it know what you’re cooking, or is that a fixed thing in your house?)

  • #10217

    Tim
    Keymaster

    a) that’s just out dated sexism, sister. ;-)

    b) the database has a list of our favourite 50 or so recipes (new ones added from time to time) with a list of their ingredients. We then pick what we want for that week and it generates a menu to put on the fridge door and a shopping list. I then print out the list, score off the things we have in stock and then bung the resulting list into Sainsbury’s online grocery ordering thing and, lo!, a man delivers it a day or so later.

    Ideally, I’d install bar-code readers on all the cupboards, bin and so on to keep a constant tab of what’s in stock. I would also like to tie it in with TESCO’s new API (see: http://techfortesco.blogspot.com) so that we could completely automate grocery shopping. But that’s perhaps a step too far!

  • #10218

    Annette A
    Participant

    Lord, that’s organised.

    Nice to know that there are men out there who are actually interested in what gets cooked for them/what they cook for themselves. My husband eats what’s put in front of him, and if he has to cook it himself, he does oven chips. With fishfingers if I’ve bought them. In a sandwich. In fact, everything goes in a sandwich. (Even pasties/sausage rolls etc.)

  • #10228

    Alison
    Keymaster

    @tim I’m slightly unnerved by the fact that you have a receipe database.

    @annette My favourite wireless trick with my CGMS is to walk between our wireless router and the husband when he’s using the laptop. It cuts the signal off and kicks him offline which is apparently really irritating!

  • #10229

    Annette A
    Participant

    Ooh. Our whole house is wireless networked (My husband is almost [but not quite] as geeky as Tim would appear). When I finally pluck up the courage to turn on the bluetooth for the meter (I’m not quite ready for that yet – still learning how to do it all manually first!) it could get interesting…

  • #10252

    Annette A
    Participant

    Last night I discovered that my new bG meter has an attitude. On my result coming up slightly hypo, it demanded I ate some fast acting carbohydrate immediately and retested my blood later.
    Obviously, when my gadgets take over the world, the meter will be the supreme dictator…
    (I’ve named it Mandy. My pump is Billy. This will only make sense if you like surreal American children’s cartoons.)

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