I’ve mentioned it before – I like to have logs to look at, to know how I am doing. I’ve always struggled to find a way that I enjoy logging however. I’ve tried doing it by hand – but then I don’t get nifty graphs and pie charts (and I LOVE graphs and pie charts; I’m a bit of a nerd). Anyway, I’m tired of logging by hand. From the age of 6, up until I moved away to college I or my dad wrote down EVERY BG check, EVERY insulin injection. I had dozens of logbooks from the Children’s Hospital of WI, and I was so happy to give them up when I moved out. (Shh, don’t tell my dad I stopped logging by hand when I moved out!)
I’ve tried Excel spreadsheets, but I was never able to get exactly what I wanted out of it, and I’m no Excel expert anyway. I’ve also tried a variety of Android and iPhone based apps. While I have liked many of them, there are others I don’t like so much. Incidentally, the one I loved (Log for Life) went under and no longer exists. (A few months back they sent everyone an email saying the site/app were going down and if you wanted your data you better back it up in the next 30 days or so.)
So I have been on the lookout for something new to try. Lately I’ve been trying out three different apps on my iPad Mini and I think my fave is Diabetes Pal by Telcare. I don’t use the Telcare BGM, so I have to manually log everything…..which I like.
Many people HATE manual logging – they’d rather plug something in and sync their readings and be done. But I find that by logging I am keeping myself accountable. And without doing it manually it means little to me. I feel much more responsible for my own management of D when I have to enter in my BG, what I ate, or what I bolused.
That may be why I never was a fan of Carelink, Diasend, etc. I am excited for the release of t:connect – but will I make it my primary way of keeping a D log? Probably not. Because plugging in and syncing isn’t for me.
At the same time I’m excited to try the OneTouch VerioSync. Just to say I tried it.
I’m strange about logging and D-tech and the mixture of the two sometimes.
What is your preference, if you log – an app, a spreadsheet, by hand? Or do you like to just sync your data and be done with it?