Suppose you were out and your blood sugar got low? Perhaps so low that you lost consciousness and medical personnel wanted to contact someone on your behalf.
Who would they contact? And how would they figure it out?
Maybe you have an emergency bracelet or necklace that contains some details. That's definitely a great idea.
These days, you probably have a mobile phone. And that's where ICE comes in. ICE is an acronym for In Case of Emergency. And you can use it to store the phone number of someone to be contacted if an emergency occurs.
a report presented at a recent gathering of the American Conference of Emergency Physicians said doctors should encourage their patients to start using it. ... Traditionally, hospital workers have searched for a wallet and then tried to find relatives through the identification inside — a slow and not always successful method.
But with cellphones so common, Dr. McKenna [Albany Medical Center] said, hospitals now often search through cellphone address books for clues about whom to contact. While efforts to teach people to add an emergency contact listing have begun, doctors can do more to popularize the idea, he said.
Have you a mobile phone? If you were unconscious would someone looking at the phone know who to call?
Please take out your phone now and add an ICE contact.
Anyway, the IE Blog announced today that IE7 is now available for download.
If you don't choose to install it now, don't be surprised to see an update notification offering to install it for you. If you really don't want it, then you should install the IE7 blocker toolkit from Microsoft.
As Firefox is my default browser, I'll install IE7 at some stage soon. I've been using it at work and it feels very different to IE6 and Firefox. I've not yet used it enough to understand how to use it best, but it's got some nice features in there: Quick tabs; way better print support; and others.
You can expect that it won't work properly with all web sites, but they'll catch up. So live dangerously for a while on the bleeding edge of Microsoft Browser technology.
Yesterday the IE team announced on their blog that IE7 will be arriving via automatic update later this month.
If your work involves a browser this will almost certainly affect you. The blog posting provides pointers to a lot of useful resources to prepare for this change.
If you're in IT and you don't want to deal with this right now (it's a very different UI), then read the earlier Microsoft announcement that includes information on how to block delivery of the update.
Siwgrstorm's post about frozen shoulder reminded me what one of my physical therapists said.
She told me that this is a condition that housewives normally notice in the spring time, because they're doing things like trying to dust the tops of curtain fittings! How many of us usually put our hands above our heads?
All of the therapists I saw during treatment agreed that this is a condition that is associated with diabetes. Was I the only diabetic that didn't know that before I got one?
Maybe you have the start of a frozen shoulder. Have you tried raising your hands recently?
In what I think is a clever move to increase market share LifeScan has announced that it will offer a free meter to users of the BD meter. In my experience the OneTouch meters are much more accurate and reliable than the BD meters, so this would seem to be an easy way to get off the BD meters.
According this release:
Customers who would like to change to a OneTouch® Brand Blood Glucose Monitor can do so by calling LifeScan's toll-free Customer Service Line at 1 888 430-7226.
For those of you who are planning to stick with the BD meters, I'd suggest stocking up on the test strips now!
The Diabetes Technology Blog is focused on using technology to live life to the full with diabetes. I review new diabetes technology including: blood glucose monitors; continuous glucose monitors; blood sugar meters; diabetes software and living with diabetes.
Name: Bernard Farrell
Location: Massachusetts, United States
I was born in Ireland and now live in the US.
I have had Type 1 diabetes for over 36 years. I struggle with my blood sugar, the same as most people with diabetes.
I wear a Cozmo 1800 insulin pump and a Dexcom SEVEN Plus CGM to track my blood glucose levels.
I'm blessed by God, and every day brings the possibility of a cure.