Among other New Years resolutions, this year I promised to start taking better care of myself. As a Type 1 diabetic, it’s fairly easy to live in a state of withdrawal, or in some instances severe depression, regarding the state of your health.
Which is why, late last year, I started making a real push to check my blood glucose levels more frequently. For those who don’t know, active monitoring of blood glucose levels is one of the best tools a diabetic has at their disposal for helping to gauge the status of their health on a daily basis.
“In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.” – Cicero
But I found that as I became more informed, I began to want more context. What had I eaten to make my sugars spike so high, or fall so low? Had any recent physical activity had any effect? What dosage of my medication had I taken that day as opposed to this one?
In essence, I found myself looking for a diabetic journal. Something that could show me detailed entries on a daily basis, but also pull back to show my progress over time. I wanted something that I could keep in my pocket, something that could give me an at-a-glance indication of my health, or allow me to dig down deeper for specifics. And because I couldn’t find anything that fit my needs on the App Store, I decided to build one myself.
While I’ve worked with a number of insanely talented graphic designers in the past, I decided that this was a project I wanted to keep close to home. Because the very act of designing the application has forced me to open my eyes to areas of diabetic medicine and lifestyle that I had never even so much as considered.
I’ve read documents on the scientific process of generating blood glucose readings, the differences in international units and measurement, the myriad ways doctors have developed for the delivery of insulin and other drugs, and the (frankly) nebulous world of controlled diets and calorie counting.
It’s my hope that within the next week or so I’ll be able to send out a limited beta to friends and fellow diabetics for their consideration. If others find as much value in it as I have, you may well see it on the App Store soon.