Letters from diabetics

Letters from diabetics

Larry H. recently wrote me:

“I have received my Pendiq Digital Insulin Pen but have not used it yet, as I have to get my doctor to prescribe the Humalog cartridges for me.  I have been using the Humalog KwikPen, so I did not have any cartridges on-hand.  I see my doctor day after tomorrow.
I will tell you, though, that after reading the manual included with my Pendiq Pen, I agree with you that the Pendiq is not intuitive at all.  It requires several steps just to set it up and load a cartridge before it can be used.  The sequence of button pushing is cumbersome.  It should have a much simpler setup procedure.  I have watched your videos on installing the cartridges and setting up the pen, and I will refer to your videos when I setup my pen.  Your instructions make it much more understandable.
I’ll report more once I start actually using the Pendiq.
Have you heard of the Echo Technologies Symphony CGM system?  Supposedly, it is now available in Europe, although I don’t know in which countries.  The Symphony is a totally non-invasive continuous glucose monitoring system that provides readings every minute or so.  It measures glucose transdermally, rather than from beneath the skin, as most CGM systems measure.  I am anxious to hear how it is doing in Europe.  I have to take glucose readings about ten times a day, so I am looking forward to a non-invasive system being available here in the USA.  I am a runner, and it is extremely difficult to try to stop running and take a blood sample and reading half way through an eight mile run, to make sure I am not going hypo.  The Symphony would be very convenient for me.
Anyway, I’ll get back to you when I start using my Pendiq.
I have also looked into the Dexcom 4, but I think I would prefer a system that doesn’t place any device under the skin.  Since I am physically active, the thought of a wire sticking into me doesn’t seem appealing.  Probably just in my head, since the wire is so small that I most likely wouldn’t even be aware of it.
That is the main reason that I am interested in something like the Echo Therapeutics Symphony system.  You are right about the cost of these systems.  I can’t find a price anywhere on the web, but I suspect the cost for this system is probably $2500 – $3500 USD.  New technology usually is expensive until it has been on the market for awhile.  I know my insurance would not cover it.  It’s a mute point anyway, since the Symphony is not available in the USA yet.  I don’t know if it is even available in Germany as of yet.
It doesn’t appear that the Symphony will sync with a smartphone.  From Echo’s website, it appears that the sensor only syncs with a proprietary monitor, which wouldn’t do us any good while we were on a run.  Hopefully, the system will sync with a smartphone so we can obtain readings while away from the house.
Please let me know if you are able to talk to them and if you find out any more info about the Symphony.”
I totally agree with Larry about the downsides of invasive GCM.  Although the people who I have talked to who use the Dexcom have been very positive. If only it was cheaper..
And yes diabetics want standards for device compatibility, Please manufactures work this out!
If anyone out there has info on the Symphony CGM system please let me know.
dmitri katz
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