Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Apping and Vloging

Yes, I realize that "apping" is not a word.  But I was really struggling with a title for this post, so I made it up.  Get over it.

Sorry, I haven't had my coffee yet.  The grumps should go away shortly...

Anyways, about that "apping."  So last month, Medtronic released an iPhone/iPad app, which I have lately been playing with on my iPod.  No iPhone for me, we have Android phones.  Which is the major issue I have with the app: I WANT IT FOR ANDROID!!!!  Please? :)

I love the app!  Sara wrote a great review here.  But I thought I'd throw in my two cents after using it for a while.

First of all, I love the reminder alarms!  Especially the infusion set reminder and sensor reminder.  Cause this girl has a hard time remembering when I put and infusion set and sensor in.  More specifically, sometimes I can't remember how many times I've restarted a sensor.  I mean, what, no, I never wear a sensor longer than three days...

I also love that the app allows you to save ALL your pump settings.  Basal, bolus, sensor, and stuff in utilities.  Now if my pump dies, I won't have to rely on my endo's office to tell me what my basals were.

Oh come on, like you have all your basals memorized?

Another helpful feature is the "Troubleshooting Alarms and Alerts."  It covers both pump alarms and sensor alarms.  It lists alarms I've never even seen, which is a good thing I guess.  The app won't take the place of the 24-hour helpline, but helps you know when it's a try-it-again-and-see-how-it-goes alarm or a call-the-helpline-right-away alarm.  And if an alarm I was unfamiliar with ever popped up, the app would be the first thing I reach for.  Right before I call customer support, that is...

(Shout-out to Medtronic customer support!  I love you guys!)

Anywho, there's more to the app then that, but those are the things I am most excited about and have been using.

One more feature of the app is that it links you to Medtronic's blog, The Loop.  And speaking of The Loop, I was super-excited to see this post from them yesterday!

That's right, Medtronic Diabetes has made a You Can Do This Project video!  Woohoo!  And I had the opportunity to meet Naomi at Friends For Life, and she is just as enthusiastic and passionate as she seems in the video.

So thanks to everyone at Medtronic for the video.  Go check it out!

*Disclaimer: I received an email from Medtronic when the app was released, but I was not asked to blog about either the app or the You Can Do This video, nor was I compensated in any way.  As always, all thoughts are my own.*


  1. WOW!!! This app is so cool!! I just downloaded it. Thank you so much for letting me know!! I love that I can write my basals down too, there is no way I could memorize that LOL

  2. Yay for Medtronic's You Can Do This video! And yay for the app! I'm with you though, will have to check it out on the iPod since I also have an Android.

  3. Thanks so much for mentioning YCDT in your post today, Jess! :) (Sidenote: doesn't Naomi have, like, the best hair ever?)