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GlucoWatch Chat

On September 24, 2002, Dr. Richard Eastman, Medical Director of Cygnus, joined us for a special chat about the GlucoWatch, which was recently approved by the FDA for use in kids ages seven and up.

Chat Room Administrator Tue Sep 24 2002 20:15:00 Eastern US
The 'GlucoWatch' chat room is now open.


Tue Sep 24 2002 20:21:42 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
HELLO

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:24:10 Eastern US
Kerri from 63.224.60.198
hi :)

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:24:36 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
oh good someone else

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:25:01 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
i guess we're the only two here right now - early birds!

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:25:42 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
well last time i wanted to come to one of these i was a whole day late

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:26:35 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
don't feel bad, i've done that before :)

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:28:06 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
all of this is still really new to us my daughter wants this watch she knows that she will still have to do both but the technology intregues her

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:29:30 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
hello

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:30:36 Eastern US
nas99 from 162.84.217.49
who has one of the pitiful devices

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:30:39 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
Hi Gary seen any good fabric lately....LOL

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:31:37 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
now don't start picking on me Manette!! LOL

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:32:40 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
no no just poking some fun at you

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:33:08 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
hi gary

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:33:21 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
it's ok.....I'm just kidding!! :-)

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:33:37 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
Hello Elizabeth

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:34:39 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
Anyone here tried the glucowatch?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:34:54 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
no

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:35:54 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
not here
is there a way to get a copy of the chat without staying. I am still at work and am real tired and would like to go home but wont get there in time to get to the chat. can anyone help me

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:36:30 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
Manette we plan to use the watch to check for trends and patterns, something i'm having trouble doing lately :) (sorry it took so long, had to go get dinner in the oven)

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:36:32 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
I'm waiting for the closed loop pumps, then maybe I'll get one

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:36:57 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
elizabeth we are waiting to get one...put the info through insurance and now just waiting to see if they approve it, etc

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:37:00 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
yes Manette, they make transcritps available

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:37:04 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
The close loop pump would be great

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:37:32 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
I meant closed

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:37:51 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
what is a closed loop pump???????
Karie no problem dinner is an important thing to attend to

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:37:55 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
yes Elizabeth, it would be

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:38:02 Eastern US
nas99 from 162.84.217.49
i tryed the Glucowatch it told me i was 50 when i was 400

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:38:12 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
closed loops are a ways off yet though, unfortunately, last i heard ~5yrs, i want improved control now...closed loop will be icing on the cake

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:38:28 Eastern US
nas99 from 162.84.217.49
the system works horribly any movement in the arm stops it do not buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:38:29 Eastern US
nas99 from 162.84.217.49
the system works horribly any movement in the arm stops it do not buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:38:30 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
oes continuous blood glucose testing also

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:38:40 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
nas99, we just did the cgms and it did the same thing, they figure the bgs the same way, take them over time and average them so it won't be an exact match

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:39:02 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
That is not good! They say when you are sweaty it doesn't read properly. My child gets very sweaty when he is low

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:39:10 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
Kerri, I've waited this long, 5 more years is a walk in the park

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:39:15 Eastern US
nas99 from 162.84.217.49
it is more like a random number generator

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:39:16 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
plus we didn't even get 18hrs out of the cgms, and what we got was broken up, all because the signal wasn't consistent

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:39:32 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
nas99, where did you try the glucowatch?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:39:58 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
have you tried the GW on the other side of the arm, or the leg? I hear you can wear it there too

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:39:59 Eastern US
nas99 from 162.84.217.49
it also only followed that number we put in it the first time

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:40:03 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
ok i am feeling ignored can anyone tell me how to get a copy of this chat without staying

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:40:33 Eastern US
nas99 from 162.84.217.49
in america it was available last may i got it and returned it in 7 days

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:40:41 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
i don't know how, manette, sorry

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:40:49 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
My daughter wore the watch on both of her arms and her leg. The reason you have to program the first bg reading is to calibrate it.

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:40:54 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
Manette, it will be mae availabe after the chat is over

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:40:57 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
sorry i missed gary answer

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:41:03 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
Sorry, Manette. I don't know. I am a new chatter

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:41:13 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Manette, a transcript of the chat will probably be available at this website tomorrow.

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:41:18 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
mae = made

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:41:21 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
see i cant even keep here imaging when this really gets going

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:41:30 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
your endo can get a free GW to try and if you like it you can buy it then

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:41:33 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
nas99, how old are you?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:41:44 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
Kelly, what did you think of the glucowatch?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:41:59 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
it's ok Manette, you can ignore me.....my feelings aren't hurt too bad!! LOL

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:42:01 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
i think the free one would be the first generation biographer, not the G2

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:42:09 Eastern US
Judy from NY (Elissa..college senior..diabetes X 20 yrs..would like to try the watch) from 24.194.99.225
what is the problem, Manette?? Too many people?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:42:36 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
i did not mean to the screen rolled and i missed your reply :-)))

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:42:39 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
I thought it was terrific actually. It was amazing to me that you could push a button and get an update reading. There is a 10 minute lag in the bg reading because it gives a reading update every 10 minutes, but it was within points

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:42:45 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
I tried to get one to trial and my endo told me to call Cygnus. I am not getting anywhere

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:43:01 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Hi Judy :-)

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:43:12 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Elizabeth, where do you live?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:43:34 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
this room is diffrent from others i have been to

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:43:37 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
I live in St. Louis

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:43:38 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
have your endo do it

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:44:23 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
i can only see two entrys on me screen so i miss things

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:44:27 Eastern US
Judy from NY (Elissa..college senior..diabetes X 20 yrs..would like to try the watch) from 24.194.99.225
Hi Kelly :-)

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:44:33 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
My daughter participated in a trial study done at Yale, funded by the NIH, for the effectiveness of the watch in children.

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:44:40 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
nas99, maybe you just got a bad one, maybe a replacement would've worked better

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:44:57 Eastern US
Judy from NY (Elissa..college senior..diabetes X 20 yrs..would like to try the watch) from 24.194.99.225
Manette - how many messages do you have it set for?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:45:20 Eastern US
Heidyn (type 1) from 164.106.22.68
Hello

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:45:48 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
i am work and i cant even get to that part of the screen the settings are all messed up. at home i can do better

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:45:56 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
Hello Heidyn

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:46:15 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Manette, if you can't get back here for the chat, a transcript will be available for you

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:47:20 Eastern US
Heidyn (type 1) from 164.106.22.68
Hi Gary-how are you this evening?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:47:21 Eastern US
Manette (Mom to Lindsey , 11 dx 7-22-02) from 65.197.243.62
Thanks kelly this had been a long day now i just want to go home. Night to everyone

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:47:43 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
Manette, the transcripts are ONLY $10, send the check to me and I'll see you get one!! LOL

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:47:46 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
I wish Children's hospital would participate in a trial for the glucowatch

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:48:03 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
sweet dreams Manette!! :-)

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:48:03 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
lol gary!

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:48:15 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
night manette!

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:48:18 Eastern US
jv (mom of m, 9, dx'd at 8) from 216.37.59.154
hi, does the watch hurt? Is is something practical or helpful to wear all day or all night. Can it be used in place of 4 times/day finger pricks?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:48:32 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
I'm hungry Heidyn......how are you?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:48:45 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Actually Ellen, there are other hospitals participating in this study, I just don't know which ones, big help I am!

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:49:05 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
jv, the watch does not replace testing

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:49:37 Eastern US
Elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
I called Cygnus and they told be about the Barbara Davis center but I have not had a returned call yet.

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:49:44 Eastern US
Heidyn (type 1) from 164.106.22.68
its nearly 9 am over here Gary,so hungry is something I'm not,guess I'm ok

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:49:49 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
jv, it is meant to be used with your meter, not in place of, it is for trending

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:49:59 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
When Marley wore it, it was compared to finger sticks, an IV blood draw and the CGMS. It did not hurt her. When it was first put on, she felt a tingling sentation, which was the watch calibrating. That went away after an hour or so.

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:50:00 Eastern US
Heidyn (type 1) from 164.106.22.68
I mean 9 PM

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:50:11 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
gary i've got burgers going, they'll be done in a few minutes ;)

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:50:47 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
i bet it feels sort of like a tens unit

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:50:54 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
I would trust the watch for a normal reading, but would not correct a high or low based on the watch alone. But I only had one night with the watch, I could probably learn to trust it.

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:51:05 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
when you put the tens electrodes on it feels funny like that

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:51:08 Eastern US
jv (mom of m, 9, dx'd at 8) from 216.37.59.154
Is that because it isn't accurate enough to calculate insulin dosages by?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:51:18 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
Kerri, let me guess, they are $10????? LOL

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:52:04 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
it was very accurate when Marley wore it

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:52:19 Eastern US
Ellen from 152.163.189.201
Ellen (152.163.189.201) Tue Sep 24 2002 20:51:27 Eastern US
If you're able to keep two windows open, there's also a chat on young kids on the pump at http://www.diabetesstation.org/chat going on now too. I plan to check out both.

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:52:28 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
lol, no (i wish)...tens is a neuromuscular stimulator

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:53:05 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
jv - no that's just thew ay they are made currently, they take bgs over time and average tehm out, useful for trends, not useful for spot treating

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:53:06 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
ELLEN, I can't follow ONE conversation, much less TWO!! LOL

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:53:09 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
it has an alarm that

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:53:35 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
can be programmed to go off if your bg falls below the level it's programmed for.

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:54:17 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
and if you get the alarm you need to check bg with fingerstick to see if it is actually low o

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:54:32 Eastern US
elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
Kelly, how often do you test your daughter's blood sugars?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:55:28 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
I test her every time she eats, average 6 to 8 x a day, more if necessary

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:55:50 Eastern US
Sally (mom of Alex age 11) from 64.5.161.4
hello

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:56:07 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
hello Sally

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:56:48 Eastern US
elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
I test both children about 10 times a day. Is she on the pump? My son is 5 and daughter is 9

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:57:20 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Yes, Marley is on the pump

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:57:31 Eastern US
Sally (mom of Alex age 11) from 64.5.161.4
Gary! How are you-how is everyone?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:57:52 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
my fingers are sweating, all this talk about testing!! LOL

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:58:05 Eastern US
elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
Both my children have the Paradigm. We love them.

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:58:15 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
TERRIFIC here as always Sally, yourself?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:58:27 Eastern US
Ellen from 152.163.189.201
Wow Elizabeth, that's a lot of strips.

Kelly, any calibration problems during the trial period?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:58:27 Eastern US
KIM (son 14 dx,d at 7) from 66.168.171.242
hey room

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:58:33 Eastern US
elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
Gary what does lol mean?

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:59:00 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
Hello Kim

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:59:14 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
LOL (Laughing Out Loud)

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:59:26 Eastern US
Sally (mom of Alex age 11) from 64.5.161.4
Glad to hear it-wer'e doing great. Just came from a class about the gluco Watch-must be the night for it!

Tue Sep 24 2002 20:59:37 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
no problems with the calibration. Also, no burn marks either. The watch doesn't actually cause the burns, it's the adhesive that is used to stick the watch to the skin. We used an adhesive remover and the redness went away in a few hours.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:00:25 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
any opinions Sally?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:00:41 Eastern US
Ellen from 152.163.189.201
A nurse in my endo's office told me of one experience she had where the watch alarmed all night and she said she couldn't take it off because the patch would tear off her skin...I asked her why she didn't use Remove or some other similar product.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:01:07 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7) from 66.168.171.242
my son is brittle , checks about 15 times a day

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:01:10 Eastern US
Jeff Hitchcock from 216.68.227.14
Good evening ... just waiting for Dr. Eastman.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:01:46 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Ellen, what was her reasoning?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:01:47 Eastern US
Ellen from 152.163.189.201
Kim is he on the pump?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:01:57 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi everyone! I am Richard Eastman, the Medical Director at Cygnus, Inc., responsible for our clinical trials and activities related to use of the biographer in diabetes management. These are my areas of expertise and the kinds of questions I would like to hear and address in this chat room. I have over 30 years of clinical experience in diabetes. I am not involved with the business aspects of the company, or sales and marketing, and cannot address questions related to these areas.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:02:09 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
Hello Jeff, the MASTER of this web site!! :-)

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:02:33 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
hi jeff!

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:02:50 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Do you have any questions?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:03:23 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7 pumping) from 66.168.171.242
yes, for about 5 years, but hes very active in sports

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:03:26 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
hi Dr. Eastman! I have a question (from our endo): What does the company see as the most useful aspect of their product?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:03:49 Eastern US
elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
How do you get signed up for clinical trials for the Glucowatch

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:04:15 Eastern US
Jeff Hitchcock from 216.68.227.14
Dr. Eastman, I have a question. At the recent AADE conference, Dr. Peter Chase reported on a study run at the Barbara Davis Center on kids who used the GlucoWatch. The results were very good. Are there any other studies of the GlucoWatch in kids underway?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:05:11 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
My daughter participated in a study at Yale for the Glucowatch. She had great results from the watch.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:05:15 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
We believe that the most useful aspect of the biographer is that it provides frequent and automatic readings after only a 2 hour warm up period and calibration with a finger stick blood glucose sample. This should help patients avoid hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia by detecting trends and patterns in glucose levels, particularly at times when people are not able to monitor very often, like at night.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:06:18 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Jeff,

The NIH is conducting a multicenter study at several sites. Kelly's daughter appears to have participated at one site. There are other studies going on as well.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:06:33 Eastern US
Sally (mom of Alex age 11) from 64.5.161.4
sorry Gary-distracted by family!
My question is-how quickly do we think technology will make this glucowatch obsolete-are improvements quickly coming or would this be a good time to obtain a glucowatch?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:07:09 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Elizabeth,
The best way is to check with your doctor to see if he has been contacted about clinical trials. We at Cygnus aren't involved in recruitment for these trials.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:07:24 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7 pumping) from 66.168.171.242
how will being involved in sports (and sweating) effect the watch?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:07:33 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
I loved the feature of the alarm on the watch. She did go low and night and it woke me right up.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:07:34 Eastern US
elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
I spoke with my docotr and she told me to contact Cygnus

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:08:26 Eastern US
Ellen from 152.163.189.201
Two questions:

1. Are you working on miniaturization?

2. How soon do you anticipate that the glucowatch will be accurate/reliable enough for making dose decisions based on the results.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:08:34 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
I have a question. I don't have any signs of low blood glucose levels, when or it they do appear it's way to late to do anything, can the watch alarm if set for a specific number so I can catch a low before it's too late?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:08:50 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Sally,
The G2 biographer is our most advanced product. We are not planning release of any new product in the near future, and are not aware of any new technology that is going to make the biographer outdated.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:09:53 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Dr. Eastman, I was told that only reason the watch was the size it is was because of the battery...if a watch battery were used, wouldn't it be more practical?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:10:00 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Kim,
The biographer detects sweating and doesn't report the values if you are sweating too much. It is still working and will almost always start reading when the sweating goes down.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:10:43 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
We are working on making the biographer smaller.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:11:41 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Using the biographer for dosing is not approved by the FDA and we don't know when or if it may be approved for dosing. More will need to be done.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:11:56 Eastern US
Judy from NY (Elissa..college senior..diabetes X 20 yrs..pump) from 24.194.99.225
when do you anticipate insurance companies may start to cover this?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:11:59 Eastern US
elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
Do you think the Glucowatch will be approved for children under 7?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:12:13 Eastern US
Jeff Hitchcock from 216.68.227.14
Dr. Eastman, will there ever be a remote alarm capability, so that if the GlucoWatch senses a low, the alarm could go off in my room instead of just on the watch on my daughter, sort of like a baby monitor?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:12:14 Eastern US
Jeff Hitchcock from 216.68.227.14
Dr. Eastman, will there ever be a remote alarm capability, so that if the GlucoWatch senses a low, the alarm could go off in my room instead of just on the watch on my daughter, sort of like a baby monitor?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:12:29 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
A watch battery doesn't have enough power, but some smaller newer batteries do, so it should be possible to make it smaller in the future.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:13:39 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
If you don't sense low glucose levels, the biographer low alert can be set by you or your parents, and the DOWN alert will sound if the biographer senses that you will become hypoglycemic.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:13:46 Eastern US
Ellen from 152.163.189.201
But many sweat when their blood sugar level drops rapidly - does the watch alarm when it detects sweat?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:14:24 Eastern US
Michelle(RI) (Adam 8) from 68.9.4.48
is there anyway to get insurance to cover it?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:14:31 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Insurance companies are already beginning to cover the biographer on a case by case basis. We are working hard on getting coverage.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:14:31 Eastern US
Sally (mom of Alex age 11) from 64.5.161.4
from what I heard at our class tonight it seems the glucowatch would be very very helpful for hypoglycemic unawareness Gary. Is that correct?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:15:10 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Yes, the biographer alarms if it detects sweat if there has been a low or down alert recently.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:15:46 Eastern US
Michelle(RI) (Adam 8) from 68.9.4.48
do the endos need to say that the child needs it to survive to get insurance to cover it

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:16:02 Eastern US
gary (...visit the 'Diabetes Poetry Room' at geocities.com/gmhco) from 67.25.82.126
Sally, that's what I'm looking for

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:16:07 Eastern US
Sally (mom of Alex age 11) from 64.5.161.4
My aunt has the same problem-does not realize she is low until she is 20!

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:16:14 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Jeff,
We are working on a product with the capability of remote transmission.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:17:00 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
The remote transmission feature would be a great idea! The alarm did not wake my daughter up, but it woke me up. Of course, I was right next to her at the hospital, at home it would be different.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:17:02 Eastern US
Michelle(RI) (Adam 8) from 68.9.4.48
Adam went to the school nurse the other day 36. He didn't feel low until he saw his numbers

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:17:16 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Michelle,
There is a form termed a letter of medical necessity that must be completed. You doctor can get copies through the Sankyo sales representative.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:17:37 Eastern US
Laura B (Sam's mom (12, dx'd 8/98)) from 68.43.234.122
Good evening, everyone. I'm curious about the "Persp" readings (for perspiration). Sam tried the GlucoWatch over a year ago and was unsuccessful in even getting it to calibrate because we were in a warm climate and he was a "sweaty kid" much of the time. I understand that there have been improvements, though... can you explain?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:18:00 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
How do you challenge the insurance companies that a meter isn't good enough?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:18:42 Eastern US
Michelle(RI) (Adam 8) from 68.9.4.48
thank you this is on my list for Oct. 17

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:19:06 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Laura,
We have greatly improved the ability and ease to calibrate and recalibrate the G2 biographer. We are continuing to work on making it easier to use.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:19:25 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
kelly, i wrote a letter to our medical director addressing this..email me and i'll share it

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:20:06 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Kelly,
We have to teach the companies about the value of frequent and automatic readings, particularly at times when you can't prick you finger. We are working very hard at this.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:20:12 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Kerri, my email address is kelly02000@aol.com...I would love to see your letter, thanks for sharing.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:21:22 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
I would love to have Marley have the watch at school. The pads alone are $3.00/12 hours.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:21:35 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Thanks Kelly.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:21:48 Eastern US
Jeff Hitchcock from 216.68.227.14
Dr. Eastman, how many centers are running studies as part of the NIH trials?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:22:59 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
I believe there are 5 clinical centers. We are not directly involved.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:23:33 Eastern US
Laura B (Sam's mom (12, dx'd 8/98)) from 68.43.234.122
Does it still not work well, though, in humid environments... or has that been addressed. I am a parent who would happily pay out of pocket for the GlucoWatch and forego something else in the family... if I knew that we weren't going to have those same problems. The difficulty with calibration, though, really concerned me. Is there a way to "trial" one, to see if it works with a child like Sam? I would hate to spend the money and then not be able to use it. Or is there some sort of money back guarantee for kids who simply can't wear it because of whatever side effect (skin irritation, or sweatiness, or whatever).

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:24:25 Eastern US
Michelle(RI) (Adam 8) from 68.9.4.48
is Yale oone of the centers? It might be worth switching back there just for the studies

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:24:47 Eastern US
Laura B (Sam's mom (12, dx'd 8/98)) from 68.43.234.122
Another question... can it be worn on the ankle?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:25:05 Eastern US
Ellen (FL) (Zach 14, dx 2/89) from 152.163.189.201
I'm in south Florida with the same concerns Laura.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:25:11 Eastern US
kt (mom of rye dx'd at 13mo,now 2 1/2) from 207.251.195.204
Good evening. I missed the answer to the question- When will the watch be approved for under ??

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:25:12 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Michelle, Yale is one of the centers doing the trial.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:26:00 Eastern US
Michelle(RI) (Adam 8) from 68.9.4.48
thanks Kelly is having 2 endos allowed LOL

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:26:07 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7 pumping) from 66.168.171.242
what about it being hit or bumped into something,will that affect the readings

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:26:23 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
Kelly, the email is on its way! :)

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:26:42 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Thanks Kerri!

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:27:02 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Laura,
You raise a good point about the issue of humid environements. Because of the sweat detection feature, it may skip a lot or not calibrate if it is warm and humid. Please check with customer service at 1-866-459-2824 distributor for questions about return policies.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:27:41 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
The biographer is approved for wearing on the forearm only.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:28:16 Eastern US
elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
When will the Glucowatch be approved for under 7?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:28:21 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
The biographer is approved for 7 and older, and is being studied in younger children by NIH and other investigators.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:28:59 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
The biographer may skip readings if it is bumped, but will almost always keep reading after.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:29:24 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Marley wore the watch on her leg as well. It worked fine there too.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:29:53 Eastern US
Ellen (FL) (Zach 14, dx 2/89) from 152.163.189.201
I'm still confused that if it's accurate, why is it not accurate enough to change doses based on the readings?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:30:23 Eastern US
roberto (camila 8 years) from 200.171.57.29
Do you have any information about, when the GW will be available out of USA (form Brazil)

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:30:27 Eastern US
Laura B (Sam's mom (12, dx'd 8/98)) from 68.43.234.122
I saw kids in the trials with GW on arms and legs... that's why I asked. I thought that sweatiness might be less on legs than on arms. :-)

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:31:07 Eastern US
Derrick (20 m) from 64.12.96.107
hi

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:31:13 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
The readings are different than blood readings, and the FDA has not approved the biographer for making immediate therapy decisions based solely on biographer readings. However, the trends and patterns over several readings can be used to modify treatment.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:32:09 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
The biographer is currently available in the UK. Discussions are ongoing regarding distribution in other areas.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:32:23 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Kerri, did the watch get approved with your insurance company? Great letter!

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:32:26 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Derrick

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:32:32 Eastern US
Sally (mom of Alex age 11) from 64.5.161.4
Could you define the "lag time" As I understood it the reading you see on the watch is actually what was read 15 minutes prior?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:32:55 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
still waiting to find out Kelly, I'll let you know :)

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:34:00 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
Ellen, the patient info sheet at the Cygnus website will help you understand how it works

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:34:09 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months) from 65.171.1.54
Hello..
Any plans to make the watch look less "dorky"? Would be a hard sell to get most teens to wear it in public, I think.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:34:30 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
thanks Kelly (didn't mean to be rude) :)

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:34:40 Eastern US
Laura B (Sam's mom (12, dx'd 8/98)) from 68.43.234.122
When we attended the Diabetes UK conference last March, we talked with quite a few people who were currently using the GW in England. They were quite happy with it. The feedback was very positive (and I was asking purely from a parent's perspective because I was curious).

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:34:50 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Lag time. The biographer extracts glucose for 3 minutes, measures it for 7, repeats the cycle, and then gives you a reading as often as every 10 minutes (G2 biographer). This is the main reason there is a lag between the blood glucose and the biographer reading. There is a small effect about 3 minutes that it takes for the blood glucose to get into the interstitial fluid around the cells, but this is a relatively small factor.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:35:13 Eastern US
Steve (MA) (Allie - 16 - dx 6/97 pump 12/99) from 66.189.30.31
Hi all

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:35:15 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Definitely working on reducing the dorkiness!

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:35:40 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months) from 65.171.1.54
How many daily blood sugar tests - via finger stick or alternate site (and is that recommended?) are needed to calibrate the watch?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:36:12 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Thanks for the feedback Laura. They are doing a big study in the UK using the biographer.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:37:39 Eastern US
Laura B (Sam's mom (12, dx'd 8/98)) from 68.43.234.122
I would love for Sam to wear one just at night. So we could all sleep with some sense of security that the GW would alarm if Sam needed attention. With these teen years approaching, I feel like I need to test him every hour all night long. BG's are just so unpredictable in kids this age. I don't think he'd wear it during the day, though - I agree with you, Judith. Too bulky. But great for nighttime.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:37:47 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Usually only one test is needed to calibrate the G2. Less than one in ten times a second may be needed. You can enter a blood value about every 10 minutes after the warm up period.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:38:45 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Agree that nighttime wear is a great place to start because it is the hardest time to get blood sticks and hypoglycemia is hard to detect when people are sleeping.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:38:46 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months) from 65.171.1.54
One test every 12 hrs?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:38:51 Eastern US
Laura B (Sam's mom (12, dx'd 8/98)) from 68.43.234.122
Finger stick for calibration, or is alternate site testing ok?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:39:25 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months) from 65.171.1.54
But my teen tends to cover himself up even on hot nights. If sweat is a problem with the watch, it won't work for him. :-(

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:39:56 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7 pumping) from 66.168.171.242
what about bathing?If you take it off do you have to re-calabrate again?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:39:58 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
People may have to adjust their sleeping habits if they sweat a lot under the covers.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:40:40 Eastern US
Michelle(RI) (Adam 8) from 68.9.4.48
Adam sweats all the time even when it snows

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:40:51 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Bathing. If you take are going to bathe, water could get in the biographer and damage it. We are working on a shower cuff like people use with casts.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:41:40 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
All sweating doesn't interefere with the biographer. We are continually investigating ways to reduce sweat skips.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:42:25 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Kim,
If you take the biographer off you have to start over with a new autosensor and warmup and calibration.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:43:26 Eastern US
Steve (MA) (Allie - 16 - dx 6/97 pump 12/99) from 66.189.30.31
Hi Dr. Eastman - I have been 'lurking' for a bit - and while I can see the promise in the GW - it appears to me that there are so many issues you guys acknowledge that it may not be ready for prime time yet - not really practical for a lot of folks for a lot of reasons.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:43:36 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7 pumping) from 66.168.171.242
would that be the same if your got caught in a rain storm?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:43:39 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
One mother told his her son wore the biographer skiing, and didn't get readings when going downhill, but did on the chair lift going up, probably due to the sweat effect of exercise.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:44:15 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Yes, rain could also damage the biographer. Hot tubs also.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:45:11 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months) from 65.171.1.54
Can alternate sites be used for calibration?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:45:46 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
Judith, when Marley wore the watch, we used her arm for calibration

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:46:16 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Steve,
Thanks for your comments. The biographer is the only device available for patients that gives frequent and automatic readings and has alarms for hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. It is a hugh advance for patients over current technologies, despite its shortcommings. As with all new technology, it can be expected to improve with time. Think about computers, cell phones, calculators etc.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:47:00 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7 pumping) from 66.168.171.242
my son gets adrenaline rushes in sports , this would help him to know if it was his sugar going up or just excitement

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:47:24 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months) from 65.171.1.54
But was it accurate/advisable? Sounds like Cygnus did not recommend wearing the watch on the leg.....

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:47:47 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Judith,

All our studies were done with blood drawn from the finger. Alternative sites should be ok unless blood sugar is changing rapidely, when alternative site tests can differ from finger blood.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:47:55 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
It was accurate on both her arm and her leg.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:48:09 Eastern US
elizabeth from 24.217.33.148
Does sweating just cause skipped readings or does it trigger a recalibration, how long does recalibration take?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:48:14 Eastern US
Steve (MA) (Allie - 16 - dx 6/97 pump 12/99) from 66.189.30.31
Absolutely - in fact I am old enough to remember my dad not buying a color TV until they 'perfected' it. Quite frankly, I am feeling the same way about your product - not sure I want to buy it until it's got more of the bugs out

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:48:43 Eastern US
Judy from NY (Elissa..college senior..diabetes X 20 yrs..pump) from 24.194.99.225
Dr. Eastman, if you plan improvement, will there be some sort of upgrade program available to reduce the cost to the consumer?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:49:03 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
I have seen tracking patters with rapid increases in glucose at times of adrenalin rushes due to stress. I think the biographer will be helpful in showing people the effects of stress and emotions on their blood glucose readings.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:50:18 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
steve, without enough consumers to use and test it, the product will never improve, just a thought

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:50:33 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Elizabeth,
Sweating causes skips, and may cause the need for recalibration in the case of very long periods of constant sweating greater than 2 hours.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:51:05 Eastern US
steveR (Father of Tamsyn, 6, dx'd @ 1) from 24.150.242.179
I live in Canada. I know you don't have approval to sell it here yet, but... Could I use a prescription from a Canadian doctor and use a mail-drop address across the border?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:52:37 Eastern US
Jeff Hitchcock from 216.68.227.14
Dr. Eastman, I often receive e-mail messages from people outside the US interested in getting a GlucoWatch. Where else is it available?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:52:38 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Judy,

We upgraded people to G2 with no product cost to the patient. They got 2 for the price of 1! We have a rebate program in effect until the end of the year for new G2 users.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:52:49 Eastern US
Steve (MA) (Allie - 16 - dx 6/97 pump 12/99) from 66.189.30.31
Kerri - sorry to disagree - but if it weren't the only game in town - the kinds of problems Cygnus admits would doom the product

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:53:35 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
The biographer is currently in the UK, and discussions are ongoing about partners in other areas.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:54:58 Eastern US
Laura B (Sam's mom (12, dx'd 8/98)) from 68.43.234.122
I don't agree with you, Steve. Even with the problems the GW is having, I would buy one if it meant that we could have some sleep in our house. I don't plan for Sam to take it out into rainstorms, or skiing, or in hot tubs. He will wear it in bed in the room next to mine, and I will sleep more soundly knowing there is an alarm on it.
btw, we had a big old boxy black and white tv that got all of 4 channels. It was great. :-)

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:55:51 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Despite the issues with the biographer, an independent clinical trial did show benefit to patients with lower HbA1c values and much more hypoglycemia detection. There are definite positives to using the biographer.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:56:15 Eastern US
Steve (MA) (Allie - 16 - dx 6/97 pump 12/99) from 66.189.30.31
LOL - I hear you laura - and the basic message of diabetes is that what works for one doesn't always work for another. I am very happy it works for you - all I am saying is that I am not sure it would work for my family

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:56:32 Eastern US
Jeff Hitchcock from 216.68.227.14
Steve ... Dr. Peter Chase's study showed reduced A1cs and significantly increased identification of hypoglycemia in the kids they studied. The results were very good. I believe there were 40 kids in the trial.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:57:52 Eastern US
wendy ny (jessica 7) from 64.12.96.107
is the gluco watch good for kids/

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:57:54 Eastern US
Sally (mom of Alex age 11) from 64.5.161.4
I'm sure it will continue to improve-and I bet rapidly. I'm just thankful we are on the edge of something great!

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:58:00 Eastern US
goyank1956 from 152.163.189.201
how much is the glucose watch, and does insurance companies pay for it and the sensors.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:58:26 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7 pumping) from 66.168.171.242
I plan on my son to use it while running track and wrestling and the lows that come at night ,if it catches half of the lows I'll be happy . Night time is for sleeping.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:58:38 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Hi Wendy,
The biographer is approved for children age 7 and older, and is being studied in younger kids right now.

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:58:54 Eastern US
Ellen (FL) (Zach 14, dx 2/89) from 152.163.189.201
Kim, doesn't your son sweat while running track and wrestling?

Tue Sep 24 2002 21:59:54 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7 pumping) from 66.168.171.242
yes hes a sprinter so the races are very short

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:00:30 Eastern US
Jeff Hitchcock from 216.68.227.14
Dr. Eastman, thank you for taking the time to chat with us tonight about the GlucoWatch Biographer. We appreciate it.

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:00:33 Eastern US
Kelly (Marley, 4 1/2, dx'd 11m) from 205.188.208.41
thi

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:00:34 Eastern US
Kim (son 14 dx,d at 7 pumping) from 66.168.171.242
im not sure about wrestling but he has alot of lows after practices

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:00:37 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Call customer service at 1-866-459-2824 if you have questions about cost, insurance etc. They will guide you to the right place.

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:01:00 Eastern US
Kerri (maverickmom) (mom of Shannon,12,dx@6,pumping@9) from 63.224.60.198
thank you Dr. Eastman, and Jeff!

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:01:04 Eastern US
wendy ny (jessica 7) from 64.12.96.107
how do do inssurance co pay for them?

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:01:26 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Detection of lows after exercise is a good use of the biographer. This is a time when hypoglycemia risk is higher, because the body is more sensitve to insulin for about 24 hours after a bout of heavy exercise.

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:01:59 Eastern US
Ellen (FL) (Zach 14, dx 2/89) from 152.163.189.201
Does it alarm for highs after eating late night pizza?

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:02:00 Eastern US
Sally (mom of Alex age 11) from 64.5.161.4
thanks Dr. Eastman
and thanks to you Jeff

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:02:22 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Wendy,

Please call 1-866-459-2824 for customer service on insurance questions.

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:02:22 Eastern US
Laura B (Sam's mom (12, dx'd 8/98)) from 68.43.234.122
Thanks, Dr. Eastman. G'night everyone!

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:03:05 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Pizza causes delayed hyperglycemia because of the fat and protein slowing digestion. Great use of the biographer to see this effect and learn how to avoid and treat it.

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:03:14 Eastern US
Judith (David, 16, dx'd at age 2 months) from 65.171.1.54
Anything that can reliably catch night time lows is a welcome product!

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:03:29 Eastern US
Dr. Richard Eastman (Medical Director of Cygnus, Inc.) from 65.206.192.130
Good bye everyone! Thanks

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:03:43 Eastern US
Jeff Hitchcock from 216.68.227.14
I'm turning in too. I'll have a transcript posted early tomorrow morning.

Thanks again Dr. Eastman. We all appreciate your efforts to make it easier for us to care for our kids.

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:03:46 Eastern US
wendy ny (jessica 7) from 64.12.96.107
thank you

Tue Sep 24 2002 22:07:00 Eastern US
Ellen (FL) (Zach 14, dx 2/89) from 152.163.189.201
I look forward to the improvements. I'd like the glucowatch to be accurate enough to base dose decisions , and to be able to function well in hot/humid climates (including under the covers while sleeping and sweating).



                 
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