Help a newbie diabetic export glucose monitor data to a Mac. Triple bonus points for iPad.
I'm a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic. I just started insulin yesterday, and right now the main goal is to get my blood sugar down. (I am hugely lucky to have been diagnosed before going into DKA: my A1c is 11.5, got ketones in my pee, whole nine yards.). But obviously I am trying to plan for a lifetime of maintenance, and I need to figure out how best to keep track of my glucose numbers, what I eat, how much insulin.
I want to do this on a computer. Ideally I would be able to download data from my glucose monitor to an IPad app. Slightly less ideally, to a Mac. Least ideally, to a PC.
So, question 1: software recommendations? Needed feature: it has to be able to track insulin, not just glucose and carbs.
I've seen this question
, but it's out of date. Though maybe the original author can help?
Question 2: what cable does one use??? My glucose monitor is a Freestyle Freedom Lite, made by Abbott. The user's manual and website claim it has a data port and can be used with software. The one iPad app (really iPhone, but it'll do) i've found (SI diary) claims to be compatible with it. But the "data port" looks to me like a headphone jack, and my local Best Buy staffer looked utterly puzzled and said they didn't sell anything that would connect that to USB. So how do you even get the data onto a laptop? Getting it onto an iPad obviously harder -- I figure I need that mythical connector, PLUS a USB-USB ("female" on both ends), plus the dock to USB cord that came with my iPad.
Tl;dr. Help! I don't know how to hook the monitor up to ANY computer, let alone my iPad.