keeping info on you

October 9, 2008

In Praise of the Diabetes Contact List :: Diabetes Self-Management

keep a list of any possible information I might need—and keep it in an easily accessible place. (I also try to remind myself that the person I’m speaking to on the phone or that the representative I’m e-mailing really has no control over company policy. Therefore, if something seems asinine, it’s not that person’s fault. Being as pleasant as possible, as friendly as possible, gets you a lot farther a lot faster.)

As for what you might want to keep on your list, may I suggest, in no particular order:

* For emergency purposes, obviously you want names and phone numbers (in addition to 911) of who you or those close to you can contact in case something happens. This should of course be in plain sight and easy to find in moments where “calm and collected” do not describe the mood.
* For nonemergency purposes, I keep the names, phone numbers, physical addresses, and (if possible) e-mail addresses of any of the health-care people I work with or related people such as my dietitian. In my e-mail program, I have a “Diabetes” folder with separate subfolders for all of my e-mail correspondence regarding diabetes-related things (and a few other folders, as well). I keep this correspondence as a record of what’s been happening. The folders: (1) certified diabetes educator; (2) endocrinologist; (3) primary care physician; (4) therapist; (5) durable medical equipment supplier; (6) insurance; (7) dentist; (8) ophthalmologist; (9) blog; (10) Family Centered Experience.
* For those of you using an insulin pump, I recommend keeping a sheet, or your most recent invoice, that has the names of every item you need for your pump and, if at all possible, the reference numbers for each item.
* The names of all drugs you’re on and their reference numbers, and who to call to get refills.
* Your health-care card number; your insurance card numbers, group number, and so on…

In short, all of those things that seem easy enough to leave scattered about in various places, but which, with a little forethought, can help prevent serious frustration later on. I’m amazed at how much of a diabetes-related paper trail I’ve amassed in only 10 months.

And know this: How you keep your list doesn’t matter. Do it in whatever way suits you best. Store it on your computer or your PDA. Maybe you use an iPhone or a Blackberry. Or keep a list in your purse or backpack or wallet, or even a manila file folder.

I don’t keep one long list; instead I have a few different files scattered here and there, as well as some sheets with pertinent telephone information tacked up in my office at work. These are where I know I can get to them. I also have a remote file server that I can access from work, home, or wherever, and my wife has a backup of all important numbers on her iPhone.


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Homecare Nurse Toolkit

Homecare Nurse Toolkit

September 15, 2008

Hang On For Dear Life » Yanko Design

Hang On For Dear Life

Desk space is a premium so designers try to cater that by creating objects with smaller footprints. Take for example this Hanging Printer. The bulk of its components are actually underneath the desk. The paper feed and print head are the only parts sitting on the desk. The casing has an embedded LCD to indicate status. It makes for a simple clean modern aesthetic that’s actually quite a solve for today’s cluttered desktops.

Designer: Jin Hee Kim, Hyung Il Kim & Woo Seok Park

portable printer

September 15, 2008

Trak Mobile Inkjet Printer Concept Snaps Onto Laptop Lids – Gizmodo Australia

Designer Hung Chih Wang thinks the inkjet printer market has room for an ultra-mobile concept: his “Trak” design is a mini printer that snaps onto the lid of your laptop. Handy for hardcopies on-the-go, it’s small enough to be USB powered and even has a detachable print head for easy travel storage. There’s no mention of how you keep the ink from spilling in your bag, but that should please those dollar-craving ink manufacturers, eh? [Yanko design]

Google chrome comic presentation

September 10, 2008

Google on Google Chrome – comic book – Page 38

Google on Google Chrome – comic book

Fridge Magnet computer

September 9, 2008

Microsoft Windows Vista Slideshow Wi-Fi Fridge Magnet » TFTS – Technology, Gadgets & Curiosities

Microsoft Windows Vista Slideshow Fridge Magnet Concept

We’ve seen a few gadgets featuring Windows Vista Slideshow functionality, namely the ASUS W5Fe Notebook Series and the Vista Slideshow Media Center Remote, but this Vista Slideshow enabled fridge magnet concept from Ricavision is one of the nicest implementations of Vista’s Slideshow technology that we’ve come across to date.

Featuring a 3.5” QVGA LCD screen, the MK140 FM Fridge Magnet (to give the device its correct name) functions as a Wi-Fi enabled electronic note pad (used via a stylus) with all the standard capabilities of Microsoft’s Slideshow technology built in and is powered by a battery which offers an endurance of at least 16 hours during normal usage and can be recharged via the units very own docking station.

Fridge magnets will never be the same again.

public attention not a problem for some diabetics

September 8, 2008

CozMore or Omni Pod? – Tu Diabetes – A Community for People Touched by Diabetes

thank you :] i think im going to go with the Cozmo. i feel that the omni pod is all about hiding your pump and being discrete about it. thats not me. I’ve been diabetic for 20yrs. my pump is my life. I’m so proud of being on an insulin pump, i couldn’t imagine walking around without the world to see. I like it when strangers ask me what it is. I love telling people about diabetes and education people that have never even heard of it. I dunno, i want the Cozmo. lol

Android file transfer capibities

September 8, 2008

Android Developer Challenge Gallery – Android

Teradesk is a virtual file storage and remote file access tool. User files are stored and controlled by the Teradesk Server and transferred in encrypted form to and from the cellphone. Teradesk allows transfers of any size with pause control, resume and full recovery of broken transfers. Whether your battery life ended or your Internet connection crashed there will be no data loss. Smart features permit total control over user disk space and content including hierarchical and relational navigation, file sharing, file versioning, comments on files and folders, GoogleDocs integration and remote access to other devices and computers running Teradesk.

life360 Android Application

September 8, 2008

Android Developer Challenge Gallery – Android

Chris Hulls, Dilpreet Singh, Luis Carvalho, Phuong Nguyen, Steve Potell

From major natural disasters to little things like your child wandering away at the mall, there is a lot you might worry about. Life360 can help.

Phone Charging Standard To Use Micro USB

September 8, 2008

CrunchGear » Archive » New Phone Charging Standard To Use Micro USB

This time next year, a lot of consumers will have less of a headache when they get a new cellphone. The Open Mobile Terminal Platform group has set a new standard for charging mobile phones and most of the big names are on board. Sony-Ericsson, Nokia, LG, Samsung and Motorola (no Kyocera or RIM?) will all be implementing Micro USB charging into future phones. BoingBoing has details on the standard:

owever, [telecom analyst Dean Bubley] also suggested that having a standard connector might be in manufacturers’ best interests due to environmental reasons. The EU’s WEEE directive makes manufacturers responsible for some of the costs associated with recycling their equipment, and a broadly applied standard could remove the need for a new charger to be distributed with every phone or accessory.
“This is cheaper to the manufacturer, and also results in a smaller, less heavy box, which reduces on shipping costs, storage costs, warehouse costs and so on,” Bubley said. “It has got to have beneficial effects for everyone.”

I’m sure everyone is breathing a sigh of relief, knowing they can travel and will most likely have access to a phone charger no matter the location. Plus, if you’re on a plane or somewhere without access to power, you can charge via the USB ports on your laptop. It’s a shame this took years to settle, as it could have saved everyone a lot of hassle by now.