Just got a new Fitbit Flex. So far, I’ve only used it for two days, although two days was enough to have me feeling a bit like Wonder Woman with her indestructible wrist cuffs.
With logging diabetes data on my OmniPod, CGM, and BG tracking app, why on earth would I want yet another data entry device to worry about?! Turns out one of the most attractive things about the Fitbit is that it isn’t subject to any of the proprietary B.S. that all my other devices fall victim to when it comes time to actually view the data. It’s so simple to use that I can see my data with no more hassle than looking at a mobile app or website, it syncs automatically via WiFi, and works across all operating systems and platforms! It’s open API and integrates with lots of mobile apps, giving it even more functionality. Bonus: I don’t have to pierce my body to get it on, deal with calibrations, site changes, alarms, or discomfort. I just wear it like a bracelet and essentially forget about it. It’s providing me with a sense of freedom in patient generated data (PGD) that I’ve longed for with my diabetes devices. Because it’s so much easier than what I’m used to, I’m actually motivated to set activity goals and complete them. What a treat!
I know a lot of Fitbit users like to keep in touch via social media and share their data, but something else I really love about the Fitbit is that I don’t have to share. This is my data and mine alone! I’m not required to whip it out and share it with physicians at every turn in the road. I don’t have to scramble to have all my data-entry ducks in a row, only to have my Endo pour over it (in 5 minutes flat!) offering the inevitable praise here and reprimand there. It’s my Fitbit…my secret…my precious…
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