While I am still seeing performance issues with the sensors (regularly reading 25% or more out), I’m still battling on with this thing as it is still cheaper than the alternatives, and affordable healthcare is what we want, right?
The whole system, in spite of the consistently poor performance of the sensors that I continue to see between 7-10 days in, is an incredibly useful tool for observing trends. Especially with the recent move to a pump. I don’t care what the reader says as a spot. I can use blood for that, but what blood can’t tell me is that overnight I saw an increase in levels from 2.30am-5am, and therefore I need to adjust my basal rate. Well, it can if I get up 3 times in the night, which I’d rather not do. I don’t get enough sleep as it is!
The Libre records all the data in the scanner for download onto the software or Diasend at your convenience, however, do you always want to carry multiple devices with you? Sometimes, it would be nice to just have your phone. And that’s where Liapp and Glimp come in. But only if you have an Android phone as Apple don’t make their NFC implementation available as part of the SDK.
So what of these two apps? Let’s take a look…
In its own words, Glimp describes itself as:
“App for managing diabetes, compatible with Abbott Freestyle Libre
So what’s special about Glimp? Well it keeps a record of all the data it stores and you can therefore access it, download it and use it in a spreadsheet. You can use it from first insertion to beyond the fourteen day limit (although the sensors only last fifteen days) and it has some yet to be fully completed functions relating to storage of data around doses, food, exercise and some other factors. All in all it’s not at all a bad app.
What I’d like to see is, within the Glimp software, a Calibration tool. I have found on each of the last six sensors that I used, that after 7-10 days, they read low. If I could calibrate the results in the software on the phone, then it would be brilliant!
I’d also like to be able to use the graph in landscape mode on the phone. It’s easier to see the last eight hours over a wider screen. This is all feedback that the I’m sure the developer has already had, and as
I’ve mentioned it in a previous post on this topic.
It does have one major downside though. If you don’t close it down, for some reason it drains the battery. My Xperia M4 Aqua will last for days on standby normally. With Glimp left running in the background, a little over a day is a stretch. Hopefully the reason for this is being addressed.
I’d give it 7.5 out of 10 – it still has room for improvement, especially with all the features potentially on display.
Use at your own risk!
Footnote – added 03/01/2017
As most who use the Libre will be aware by now, there is also the Abbott LibreLink app, which is provided by Abbott for using the Libre Sensors. It can be used as a standalone or in tandem with the Reader. There is also a companion app, LibreLinkUp, which allows someone to receive the data that another person has scanned using LibreLink, so it could be useful for parents that have children in school using Libre.
In addition, there is a version of Glimp that can be used to start a Libre sensor. This is known as Glimp S, and it may be possible to start with Glimp S and get more than 14 days out of a sensor, although this needs to be confirmed. If Glimp S is used to start a sensor, it will not work with the official Libre app or reader.
This footnote is added purely as a reference, as I no longer use the Libre system and have not tried these apps.