When I went into the doctor's to see my endocrinologist on Friday, I was shocked to find that my A1c had climbed from its usual 6.9-7.1 range to 7.7. It hasn't been that high since I was diagnosed! I knew I hadn't been very good about monitoring my blood sugars lately, but I didn't think it had been that high.
Luckily my doctor is pretty understanding. He says most diabetics go through periods where they need to take a "vacation" from keeping tabs on their diabetes as closely. That's what the quarterly doctor's visits are for, really -- to keep you in check and reset your habits when needed.
So I came home very energized and ready to take better care of myself. I have an app on my iPhone for tracking blood sugar, insulin doses, carb intake, and exercise -- I haven't used it in ages, but I decided to start using it again. Unfortunately, although there are some things I like about the app, there are other areas where I feel it is lacking. It's been a long time since I downloaded the app, though, so I figured there must be more options out there now -- and sure enough, there are, so I downloaded a couple to try in comparison.
Unfortunately, the app has a serious weakness, in that there is no way to view this information comprehensively. I really wanted an app that would show me a line graph of my blood sugar throughout the day, preferrably with a mark to show where I ate, took insulin, or exercised. Glucose Buddy only shows a graph of average, high, and low blood sugars from day to day, with a bar to indicate carb intake.
The app is supposed to allow you to set your target blood sugar range, so that you can see how many of your values fall into that range, but it won't work for me -- every time I tap the "More" tab to set it up, the app crashes. That, to me, is the most significant flaw. It's also worth noting that the app doesn't offer the one-day graph of actual blood sugars, the sort of graph that I most want, and also that it doesn't track anything other than blood sugar.
Unfortunately, it's not a perfect app. My biggest complaint is the system for adding a log -- unlike Blood Sugar Tracker, once the app opens you have to tap the "add log" button (a plus sign), but more importantly, you have to use a scroll wheel to select your blood sugar, rather than typing it in. The wheel is always set at your last blood sugar, so if you were crashing last time you checked and now you are over 300 (or vice versa), it can take a lot of swiping to get to the right value. Also, I do wish I could enter in other things, such as carb intake and exercise.
I'll probably end up using the Blood Pal app, and supplement with the Glucose Buddy when I find I need to track the additional stuff -- unless I can find one single app that does the job of both! Have you found any smartphone apps that help you to manage your diabetes better?