Trial Testing the New Gvoke Emergency Glucose HypoPen
A few months ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and since then it’s been one challenge after another when it comes to managing my health. A few weeks ago, I was introduced to the latest Gvoke HypoPen by my doctor and he was kind enough to let me use his pen in case of emergency or need. Here are some details about how the pen works and why I think it could help anyone living with diabetes.
The Story Behind Gvoke
Greg and Valerie Diehl have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for nearly three decades. In that time, they’ve tried just about every product on the market – but never quite found their ideal solution. They used a variety of self-monitoring devices, including blood glucose meters, insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors (CGM). And every device had issues: meters were finicky, pumps were invasive and CGMs didn’t work well enough. But all of them had one thing in common: they were bad at predicting hypoglycemia events. When a hypoglycemic event happens -- blood sugar drops too low -- it's always a surprise; there's no warning other than your own brain telling you that something is wrong.
My Thoughts Before Receiving the Kit
I was so excited to receive a package containing a new emergency glucose hypo pen. I have never used one before and wasn’t sure what to expect. I also was not aware there were different types of emergency kits available. This is why I am grateful for Trial Test products because they allow me to try out products that I might not be able to otherwise afford on my own, but still want experience with in some way. Before receiving The Kit, I did a bit of research online about similar products on Amazon and found them for sale for over $100! Again, here is where my gratitude grew for Trial Test products- being able to try out new items at such an affordable price is fantastic!
I was very impressed with how they came in a box and had its own carrying case. This is something I have never seen or experienced with any of my products, so it was definitely a nice surprise when I opened up my package. The packaging was neat and simple, which helps to get across their brand well without any distractions. The packaging definitely made me think of emergency kits/medical supplies because it has an elegant yet minimalistic design to it. It was easy to open up as well and took less than 10 seconds for me to get into!
The Kit Arrives
The Gvoke Emergency Glucose HypoPen arrived in a sleek black box. As soon as I opened it, I could see how compact and easy to use it would be. The hypo pen has a very solid build quality and doesn’t feel flimsy like some of those cheap pens you can find online. It felt good in my hand, which is important when you’re about to jab yourself with a needle. All of its components come separately packaged, making it very simple to assemble once out of its original box. The syringe itself is a bit small for me but will probably be fine for most people who have experience injecting themselves with needles.
How To Use The Kit?
Having been a long time Type 1 Diabetic, I’ve found myself in some hairy situations when it comes to low blood sugar. My experiences have taken me from embarrassing moments like falling down to hospital visits and ER trips. With my new trial kit, I won’t have to worry about these issues any longer. The Emergency Glucose HypoPen is designed for those who need quick access and can be used almost anywhere with little notice required. It comes equipped with a design that makes it easily accessible, visible and has no small parts that are prone to misplacement or being lost.
What I Used The Kit For?
I used it as a BETA Tester of sorts to find any hidden issues and see if I could come up with an improvement to any existing ideas. I have been on over 7 different medications for my Diabetes Type 1 so finding something that is more convenient for me was a huge win for me. The original kit came in 3 parts: Epinephrine Auto Injector, Nylon Carrying Case, Wallet ID Card Holder. Each of these items were sturdy and simple with an instruction manual and quick reference guide printed on each.
In a world of new medical devices, I found using a device that can treat both your Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes at all times made me feel confident in my ability to take care of myself on the go. Additionally, what was incredibly refreshing was to be treated with nothing but respect by such a widely known company as MomSense. The gentleman that approached me had absolutely no agenda other than learning from another end user perspective if our product would work for its intended purpose. This is why I love my job in every sense of it. With innovation, there will always be trials and tribulations; however with research, trials and keeping an open mind you can make anything possible!