More LifeAfterDx–CGM Chronicles Apr 18, 2012, 12:58 pm
Boxes. Triangles. Circles. Xs. Stars. Crosses. Psychedelic colors. It doesn’t look biological. It doesn’t look medical. It looks archeological. Or forensic. A map of the scattered pieces of a downed airliner.
We all know CGM should more properly be called PCGM—for Pseudo Continuous Glucose Monitoring. There’s nothing continuous about it at all. It checks every five minutes. I guess someone at Dex decided it would be more honest to make graphs that plot only bona fide readings. But the result is a statistically proper scatter plot that’s fucking impossible to read.
Med-T software engineers went the fill-in-the gap route—connecting the dots to create smooth trace lines (albeit often with insanely steep slopes and valleys). To me, at least, these are much easier to read.
You “read” it more like a radiologist “reads” an X-Ray. It’s visual, yes, but in many ways more visceral than cognitive. More interpretive tha … Read the Rest