I know it's rare for me to talk about my diabetes on this blog, but this time around I thought it was necessary. For background on what spurred this, see Kerri Sparling and Scott Strumello's blogposts.
I have Type 1, insulin-dependent Diabetes, and rely heavily on my test machine to be 100% accurate 100% of the time. I give myself insulin, eat a snack, exercise, drive my car, and live my daily life based on those results. My husband and I have been married for almost 3 years and we're talking about starting a family within the next few years, but I rely on my test machine to tell me what my blood sugar is doing so I can tweak my insulin pump and alter how much insulin I'm giving myself in order to get my A1C results down to the holy grail of diabetics -- 6.5% -- so I can get the "ok" from my doctor to get pregnant. I'm having an incredibly hard time believing that it's "ok" for my test machine to be +/- 20% on a regular basis, not to mention that on several occasions it's been off more than 20%, which leads me to believe that companies aren't following the policies laid down in the first place. How can I be expected to live my life as a functioning Type 1 Diabetic and be a reliable worker, driver, citizen, and, hopefully one day, a reliable mom, when the machines I rely on to be 100% accurate, aren't even close? Please, consider ALL diabetics in your decision to change the accuracy of these machines -- not just those who have Type 2 Diabetes and can rely on a range on numbers instead of an exact figure. Make the decision to raise the accuracy of our test machines, thereby allowing us to raise the quality of our lives.
p.s. Want to make a difference? Visit www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. FDA-2009-N-0604 to leave your comments. Tell the FDA that 20% isn't good enough, and we deserve every chance to take the best care of ourselves.