Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Alternative ways of scanning your sensor

It's been a while since my last post. A few interesting methods to scan your sensor came to my attention quite a while back, so here it goes.

The official FreeStyle LibreLink mobile app is finally available in SA. You can scan the Libre Sensor with a phone using this app and the app can then share the values with other phones remotely. You don't need to use only your reader to scan anymore, this app will do it. If you want to use both the reader and your phone, make sure to start the sensor with the reader and not with the phone. The app does have all the feature that you have on the reader, plus a few extra, definitely worth installing it. When you are using the app, you are also helping Abbott collect useful data for research purposes. Abbott already drawn some interesting conclusions by analyzing the massive amounts of data that they are collecting. It seems that people who scan more often, have a much lower HbA1c than those that don't scan often. This does make sense, if you care more about your numbers (scan more often), you tend to try and keep them more in range. The data now just proof this theory to be true on paper.

Install this app on the phone that will be used to scan the sensor: FreeStyle LibreLink (Android)
and this on the followers (parent) phone: LibreLinkUp (Android)
It is also available for iOS, FreeStyle LibreLink (iOS) and LibreLinkUp (iOS)

Way back in 2018 (sjo, time flies, it feels like Yesterday) I broke my femur. Since then I wanted to find another "sport" that wasn't so hard on my bones. Running was/is fun, but the repetitive pounding on the ground isn't always so good for the bones. I was considering kayaking, but finding the time to drive to a dam didn't seem easy. I ended up starting to swim instead. I've never swam properly in my whole life, so putting my face down and blowing bubbles was quite challenging at first. Another challenge was, how do you scan your sensor while swimming? You could use a waterproof bag, or stop after a few laps to do a quick scan and hope the reader doesn't get any water in, etc. But what if you end-up somewhere in the middle of the ocean or dam ? Luckily there is another solution. The Sony SW3 is waterproof. Glimp can be installed on it. NFC can be enabled by installing custom firmware. I followed the instruction from here, and it works perfectly on our 14 day sensors. Just hold the watch on top of the sensor for a second and you have the graph on the screen of the watch, even in the middle of the ocean.