Thursday, 31 May 2018

No more scanning your Libre, with the BluCon NightRider

Sadly the first BluCon NightRider device I ordered way back in January 2018 got "lost" at customs. The good news is that more expensive and reliable (DHL) options are now available and I received my goods with a new order within a week. The NightRider comes in a small blue box, with a one pager instruction manual and a pin that can be used to reset it.
How does it work? The BluCon device fits on top of a Libre sensor. It uses one CR2032 battery. A waterproof version is also now available. Every 5 minutes the BluCon device scans the Libre sensor and sends the data to your phone via bluetooth. There is an official phone application (LinkBluCon) from Ambrosia, but I prefer to use xDrip+ instead. With xDrip+ and with the official application, remote monitoring of the user is possible. You can scan the sensor with the standard Libre Reader without any interference from the BluCon device. In the photo you can see the Libre reader on the right and my phone running xDrip+ on the left.
Physically the BluCon is a bit bulky, and you need to find a way to keep it stuck to the sensor, otherwise it will fall off. I'm using the waterproof version, so I simply put a tegaderm plaster over it and it has been working like that for the whole 14 days of the sensor without any problems.

In the photo below you can see the Dexcom G5 transmitter (top left), G4 transmitter (top right), BluCon (bottom left) and Libre Sensor (bottom right).

Pro's of the BluCon:
  • It turns your Libre system into a real CGM system.
  • You can use it with xDrip+ which means remote monitoring, alerts, speech, etc.
  • Calibrating your Libre sensor is now possible. This is a great advantage over just scanning with the standard reader.
  • Backfilling data is great. If you are away from your phone and come back much later, data get's back filled and you don't loose any of your data.
  • Once off payment. Much cheaper than buying a Dexcom transmitter every few months.
  • Use it when you want to. You can remove it at anytime and continue using it at any time. Your Libre sensor will keep on working. No worries about expensive irremovable batteries.
Cons:
  • A bit bulky. It is bigger that the other known transmitters.
  • Battery not rechargeable and it seems you need to replaced it every time you replace your sensor.
  • It took a while to get the bluetooth to connect, I had to reset the BluCon several times. Once it worked, it worked well.
Update on my leg: I can walk with two legs, but every step hurts. It takes time for the body to get used to the steel and screws. Eagerly waiting for my 6 month x-ray next month, hoping that the bone grew back as it should. NB: Try to never break your femur, never ever ever.