I have finally received my Dario and it is by far my favourite new toy!
For us diabetics, anything that makes managing diabetes easier is obviously going to be awesome but add the novelty of being able to connect to my phone and it makes it an even bigger bonus!
If you’re anything like me, you will have your phone connected to you 99% of the time and have an app for absolutely everything! I am constantly scrolling down newsfeeds, recording data and storing photos and information - so why wouldn't I be using an app for something I need to constantly monitor, record and assess?!
It was just over a year ago that I decided to search for an app that did that because let’s face it, I was hopeless at recording my results in the paper booklet given to me by my doctor and more than often, lost it! Plus I am always on my phone, so it kind of made a lot of sense.After reviewing quite a few different apps, Dario definitely seemed like the way to go as at the time, it seemed like the only app that combined recording test results, insulin dosage, carb counting, calories burnt and has a section for tags/notes. The results are shown in three different formats; logbook, timeline & chart, which not only help record results but make it a lot easier to monitor patterns in sugar levels and help rectify them.
The app also has set alerts every few hours that remind me to test my sugar levels, helping me to keep on track. It suggests recommended insulin dosages, plus, it has a localised food menu that has prerecorded nutrition information (carbs, fat & sugars etc) - this is also great for traveling in different countries!Needless to say this app is incredible!
It is effective, helps me monitor myself much more efficiently and has definitely helped me get back on track and keep focused on being controlled, organised and healthy. So, when I received an email late last year saying that the Dario device would be approved and available in Australia, early 2015 and as a previous Dario user I had early access to purchasing the product, I was all over that!So excited!!
To describe it simply, the Dario device is about a 10cm thin stick that acts as the monitor, finger pricker & holds the test strips.The monitor attaches to the earphone hole of your phone and automatically connects to the Dario app, turning your phone into a glucose metre - how perfect is that!I no longer have to carry multiple (chunky) devices, as the Dario device is literally all-in-one and tiny, which means I can carry it in my pocket or can use small clutches now when I go out because everything will fit (yay!).
Dario was officially available in Australia from the 1st of March 2015 and testing strips are available from pharmacies and online through the NDSS. As this device is still somewhat new, I still monitored my sugar levels on my previous glucose metre, the Freestyle Optium Neo for the first 2 weeks because I honestly thought this device was too good to be true but the results have matched up so far and I could not be happier!
I was 19 and went to meet my boyfriends (now husband and daddy to our lil girl) family. I ended up with a severe throat infection and took some antibiotics. They relieved the infection and we finished our holiday and went home.
I didn't notice an increase in fluid consumption nor urination but I was not healing from minor scratches and kept getting infections.I went to my gp and she did a blood test and a few days later I was walking through the shops when she called and told me over the phone (terrible way to do things) that I had type 1 and needed to go to the diabetes office to be given information about diabetes. She'd made a time at 5pm that day. I hung up and called my mum who asked me if I could meet her at her place. I said no as I needed to return to work. When I explained to my boss why I was late from my lunch break, he said he was sending me home as he didn't believe I understood the gravity of the situation. I met mum for a cuppa and she suggested we go together to the diabetes appt.
Off we went and met my first DE. She was nice and to the point and I understood everything fairly quickly. She then said due to safety reasons I need to see you inject here in front of me so I know you can do it. I refused and told her my mother used to be a nurse and she could supervise me as I wasn't interested in being analyzed by her.She discharged me to do my first injection with mum.We headed home and checked my bsl for the first time. 27.5 mmol..... As I lived alone at the time, I was told that I needed to text message my mum every morning, and if no reply was received, mum and the ambulance would be on the way. We later came to an agreement with my work colleagues that if I wasn't at work by 8, they'd call my mum.
So we started the journey of my type 1...
We (my partner and I) now can say we've been through highs and lows (literally haha), got married, had an overseas honeymoon, had a healthy baby (despite a traumatic labour and birth - she was fine and her bsls stabilized), current hba1c of 6.9 and moved to a new town.It always will be something I wish I didn't have but at the same time it's framed the person I've become so I can't say it hasn't helped me in life.
PARIS - Blog
I know what it's like to have a bad day.I know what it's like to burn out.I know what it's like to think you're invincible and believe nothing bad will happen to you.I know what it's like to hide away and ignore or even pretend that there is nothing wrong and act like I don't even have diabetes.
I also know what it's like to be scared.I have had Type 1 Diabetes for nearly 22 years and I can honestly say I have been on a roller-coaster ride, experiencing the physical and emotional highs and lows.
I was diagnosed at the age of 2 and so having Diabetes is really all I have ever known.I should be able to run a Diabetes101 course, right? Wrong. For years I completely neglected my health, I didn't look after my diabetes at all!I have always considered myself so incredibly lucky that I was diagnosed at such a young age, as I never went through a major life transition because as a 2 year old you really don't have to make any extreme lifestyle changes, but this didn't make things any less of a challenge. Little things that shouldn't have been that difficult became frustrating - finger pricks, needles, time, routines, doctors appointments, the way others treated me & the stigma.
By the time I got to high-school, you could say I "burnt out", I gave up, I stopped looking after myself. I don't really know if it was just laziness or I truly thought I was invincible - I didn't believe anything bad would happen to me? I felt fine? I looked fine? Was Diabetes even affecting me at all?
For years I didn't test myself, I would skip insulin injections and doctors appointments became a very rare thing.
By the time I started university I lacked so much motivation.I was constantly exhausted and my concentration was terrible (due to my sugar levels constantly being high). I was always sick and my eye sight started declining.
Fortunately, after a very terrifying experience in a remote area of a foreign country, I found myself back on the right track. It definitely took a long time to get back there and turn everything around and it didn't happen over night.In-fact, I was very lucky that my health wasn't a lot worse! I had to re-educate myself about Type 1 Diabetes, force myself to get back into the habit of constant blood tests and taking my insulin at the proper time and start eating healthy and really focus on getting back into a proper routine.
The most important lesson that I have learnt in the last 22 years of having Type 1 Diabetes, is that I do have a chronic disease I may possibly live with for the rest of my life, and to minimise the risk of complications, I really do need to make good lifestyle choices.
I am a happy and healthy 23 year old, who is able to live my life to the fullest and experience all that life has to offer and although I do have a chronic disease, as long as I manage my diabetes I will be able to live a long, amazing life, full of awesome experiences just like anyone else.
So, why wouldn't I make sure I am the healthiest I can be?
I also find having an awesome support network of friends, family and colleagues who understand diabetes, really helps!
For a long time I hid away and didn't tell anyone I was a diabetic, as I found the stigma and other people’s responses really embarrassing. I have come to learn that most people don’t really understand Diabetes, or the differences between the types of Diabetes and their comments are not meant to be hurtful, but more so to understand what it is about!
Plus at the end of the day, it is kind of cool to have so much knowledge and be so educated about a particular subject and teach people all you know.