AADE Goodies - The Info Version
The AADE conference was pretty damn interesting, if I do say so myself. (And I believe I just did.) Between having my picture taken with a pancreas, meeting some of the most influential members of the diabetes community (i.e. Kelly Close, Jeff Hitchcock, James Hirsch, and others), and drinks at a jazz bar in St. Louis, my camera is now crammed with photos.
There was plenty to see in terms of diabetes developments. Today's post is the "Info Version" of the trip. (Tomorrow will be the "Chaos Theory.")
The conference itself was like a petri dish of the newest treatment and technology for diabetics and those who are caring for diabetics. I saw every company from Dexcom and Agamatrix to Groovy Patches and Murray's. It was almost overwhelming to see how many products there are for diabetics.
The team over at Agamatrix continues to impress with their Wavesense-powered Keynote meter. (Read my review here.) I had a chance to speak with some of the team about their next generation meter, the Jazz. The Jazz is smaller, sleeker, and looks less like it was ripped from the guts of my old TRS-80 computer. The accuracy of the Agamatrix meters is solid and the software is among the best I've seen. And they were giving away iPod shuffles to the educators. Accurate meters and tunes? Good deal, that.
I also spent some time talking with Scott Dunton, world class surfer guy and a friend of Medtronic Minimed. We hung out and I caught a glimpse of the soon-to-be released Medtronic "Seal." It's a waterproof case for Minimed pumps, perfect for surfing or white-water rafting. More details coming soon on this, but here's what the proto-type looks like:
Over at the dLife booth, we were talking about our MyDiabetesEducator sites and signing up the educators with their personal websites. We also had a one-armed bandit machine and were giving away prizes all conference long - we handed out a spa vacation on Friday!
I also had the honor and pleasure of meeting Cathy Feste, author of "Tips & Tales from 50 Years with Diabetes," and my new personal hero. She has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 50 years and when I told her that I had been diabetic for almost 21 years, she grabbed my hands and said, "You're going to be just fine, my friend." Her smile is vibrant and inspiring. I'll admit it - I teared up when she hugged me.
Over at Patton Medical, I saw the i-Port injection port. After chatting with Rick Wittenbraker, COO of Patton Medical, I took at look at the device itself. It is essentially a pump infusion site that you inject a syringe into instead of hooking up a pump. This product seems to be a good gateway to pumping, letting a diabetic get used to a "port" on their body without the added hardware. I haven't had a chance to try one yet, but I'm interested in hearing other people's experiences.
Oh yeah, and then there were the incredible vocal stylings of jazz singer Kim Massie. And the adventure at White Castle. And my photo shoot with a pancreas and a few bugs. More tomorrow for the Chaos Theory Edition!