Hello everyone! Now that I’ve gotten the MiaoMiao and Spike up and running I thought I’d let you all know my thoughts so far, to be updated as things change.
For anyone not familiar with the MiaoMiao, it is a third-party transmitter which can send blood glucose values from the Freestyle Libre sensor to a smartphone. The MiaoMiao allows the Libre to function as a full CGM with alarms. It can send the glucose values to either Spike (for iOS) or xDrip (for Android). It currently retails for about $200 USD with $15 shipping, and it is rechargeable and waterproof (as waterproof as the Libre sensor is). More info can be found at https://miaomiao.cool/ though I assure you I’m not trying to sell these things.
I wish I had known how horrendous the shipping situation would be prior to ordering my MiaoMiao. I definitely would have ordered it sooner had I known. I placed my order on 8/16, I was notified that it had shipped on 8/19, and I received it yesterday (9/11). The device ships from China, so I guess one can’t really expect the fastest shipping in the world, but I would have hoped that the tracking number would at least work. They emailed me a tracking number when the device shipped but it was never updated, from the time it was shipped until now (after it has already been delivered) the tracking site just says “For some countries, only until the package has arrived in the destination country, then you can see the tracking info.”
The MiaoMiao itself is fairly small and quite thin, although I personally think it’s a tad bit unsightly. That’s never really been the deciding factor on diabetes tech for me before but I wish I could think of a good way to pretty it up. I felt the need to tape over mine with opsite flexifix, as the stickers that came with it just didn’t seem to be secure enough.
Spike is a little interesting to use because you can’t just download it from the app store. You have to go to https://spike-app.com/ and request an invitation to the app, which can currently be downloaded through a platform called “App Center” intended for developing new applications. After downloading the app it gives you a little walkthrough tutorial on setting it up with your thresholds and whichever type of transmitter you are using. I did initially have difficulty getting the MiaoMiao to connect to my phone, but after looking on the Spike Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/spikeapp) for this issue I turned my phone off and back on again and it connected right away. Spike did fill in data from the past 8 hours prior to me hooking the Libre sensor up to the MiaoMiao, which was nice. I can also still scan the sensor with the Libre reader, which I continue to do because I’m a bit unsure about whether I should tell my endo about the MiaoMiao.
Something noteworthy is that you do need to remember set up any alarms you might want - the app prompts you to set up thresholds but it does not automatically create alarms based on these thresholds. You can set different types of alarms for different times of day (I have all of my alarms on vibrate from 7am to midnight and various types of blaring alarm sounds from midnight to 7am).
Spike is now being distributed by the Nightscout Foundation, and the relationship between the app and Nightscout is pretty apparent as the two have a lot of similar features. One of my favorites of these is the fact that you can set four different blood glucose thresholds (low, urgent low, high and urgent high) which allows me to make my target range smaller while still being notified again if I’m legitimately getting quite high. Another favorite Spike feature is the fact that you can calibrate the app (something I was dearly missing in the Freestyle Libre), and you can also have the app notify you when ideal calibration conditions have been met. I also love that the app shows time in range, estimated A1c, and average glucose, stuff I had previously been using Sugar Mate to generate for me because I end up wanting to check those stats constantly.
Okay, now I’ve probably rambled on long enough for someone who has been using this system for less than a day I’m really happy with it so far though. If anyone else has experience with this please feel free to share!