Tag: daily living
(almost called this post – We don’t need no stinkin’ badges)
I hope I’m not the only person who remembers the Sprite commercial from the early 90s about motivation.
Along with my diaversary, I just passed my one year anniversary of moving across the country. When I left Florida I weighed about 25 pounds more than when I had arrived there 7 years before. Over that amount of time it doesn’t seem like a lot of weight, but I got to a place where I was just not comfortable (or happy).
Slowly but surely I am making my way back to a place where I feel healthier and better. Changing my diet has helped a lot. Changing my environment has helped more.
And with that, there are a variety of ways I have been monitoring my path back to health (Kim wrote an excellent post recently about self-tracking and there was an excellent video chat about self-tracking with the MedicineX crew that took place recently as well.).
Designers suggest there are multiple reasons why people wear self-tracking devices. There are multiple reasons why *I* have tried self-tracking devices. I’ve tried, and I’ve tried, and I’ve tried. But I can’t find the motivation to keep using most of them. I just don’t get the point.
The information I get back from them is just not enough to inspire me to keep using them. I can’t integrate them easily (or mostly, at all) with the information I get from my pump and CGM and it’s all I can manage to get a doctor to look at the reports just from those.
And maybe I get my fill of self-tracking and feedback I get from my Dexcom. Maybe it is more than enough to have access to self-tracking information every 5 minutes from a device that is inserted under my skin for weeks at a time and from poking my finger to make it bleed and sticking it on a meter several times a day. Maybe it is asking too much of myself to track anything else.
I care very little about your gadget unless my doctor cares about your gadget and it has interoperability with all my OTHER gadgets #MedX
— Sara (@saraknic) January 29, 2014
There is a significant difference when you CHOOSE to self-track and your gadgets don’t work together and when you HAVE TO self track #medX
— Sara (@saraknic) January 29, 2014
On that note, as much as I try to avoid the feeling associated with my CGM results, there are days that staying within the lines makes me feel happy and successful and seeing too much yellow and red (outside my range) makes me feel upset and frustrated with myself.
The colors on my Dexcom are like little badges that motivate me. As I found out at the MedicineX conference last year, badges are designed by those who create self-tracking devices precisely to motivate the user.
I set a goal, I reach that goal, and I get a reward – even if that reward is just an extra icon on an arbitrary graph.
In the end, is there really any difference between icons on a graph, a tick mark on a scale, an old pair of pants fitting again, or an A1c result at the endocrinologist’s office?
Today’s Diabetes Blog Week topic was inspired by the diabetes365 project. Well, I am actually attempting that project this year, so today seems like a perfect place to share my progress.
I have completed 138 days, which means there are only 227 days to go.
If you want to see the details of any of the pictures, you can find them all on this page.
It’s Diabetes Blog Week – a great awareness event created and organized by Karen who writes the Bitter-Sweet Diabetes Blog. She has put together an amazing list of participants so this week you have an opportunity to get over 90 perspectiveson a single topic every day this week! Unbelievable!