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Longish post -- this is about a water logged piece of precious electronics, and restoring it to working order.

Today I want to talk about a crazy mishap I had with a Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose monitor.  Its a piece of electronics manufactured by our friends at Dexcom, a San Diego based company that has totally changed how I manage my diabetes.  (in a good way)  I pretty much live by the device, which is why, when I couldn't find it one day, I become concerned.  Eventually I found it -- at the bottom of the laundry machine in mid-cycle.

Yes, thats right, it found its way into the laundry having been in the pocket of my pants.  It had been in there about 20 minutes and it was SOAKED.  There was a tiny bubble in the display to indicate "I could squeeze another ml of water in here if I could get this bubble out" -- but otherwise... it was entirely water logged.

Not good.  

Anyone who has attempted getting one of these knows there tends to be a bunch of paperwork and headache associated with it -- as insurance companies don't love these devices as  much as patients do.  So I was gearing up for a huge hassle and a bunch of silly paperwork.

The device is not water proof by any means, and so I assumed it was game over.  But as a test -- I tried doing what I always do with wet electronics.  Do nothing and dry it really really well.

I did not attempt to turn it on.  Thats probably important.

I first extracted the main water from the device by using a paper towel to wick the water out of the device.  until the I couldn't get any more out of it.  The main intrusion point is the usb port on the bottom.  There is no other way to disassemble the device -- so I did not try to open it up like you might a cell phone.

I then turned on my oven to its lowest setting (150 F in my case) and placed it inside.  I just left it there.  For about 18-20 hours.  While that was happening, I read some stories of people having good luck using rice to absorb water out of electronics -- so at about hour 8, I added a handful of rice to the oven (uncooked) and let it bake at 150 overnight and into the next day.  I oriented the device such that the main opening (usb port) was as high as possible to allow any hot air to rise out of it -- hopefully carrying moisture with it.  But covered the entire thing in rice on all sides and let it bake.

I pulled it out, let it cool.

I turned it on -- and holy crap -- it works?!?!?

I was impressed.  Took about 20 hours to resurrect, but it worked.

I am making this post publicly in the hopes that if you have a similar event in your life, you might be able to save your device too.  My cgm is back in action and doing just fine.
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It probably wasn't even a ml - it was just a small visible bubble to tell me... all the rest is water...  its sort of amazing that its working again.  But man was I sad when I fished it out the the laundry.
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-news-bc-cholesterol13-20131113,0,630060.story

So this is circulating today.  Now they basically are saying that "if you're at all at risk for heart disease" -- which is basically everyone...eventually.  You get statin treatment.  So I fully expect my doctor will now be recommending I start these as daily pills...  I sort of hate the idea of adding more pills to my routine "just cause".

Maybe thats a dumb response, but I feel like the approach is both good and bad.  Good in the sense that over treating to achieve a target was clearly bad practice, and this removes much of that.  But forcing patients onto medications when they are doing ok without them seems like a big handout to the pharmaceutical industry.  I suppose the problem boils down to how to effectively determine "doing fine".  Previously the ldl targets were the indicator.  Now they are stepping back from quantified rules, and instead moving in the direction of "spray-n-pray"... neither seems right.  I can't tell which I hate more from a theoretical perspective.  But from a personal one, I do hate the notion that working my ldl down to help stay off medication is now... moot.

Someone pass the bacon.

Even though statins are basically all generic (cheap) now, and several still-in-patent (expensive) medications are effectively being ruled out as they don't show improvement to heart outcomes, the very notion that you should get used to taking daily pills if you're a healthy person makes you more likely to accept that (possibly unneeded) treatment option in the future.

They say in the same breath "heart health should start at home with a healthy diet and exercise plan" -- and then "but regardless of how healthy you are, you should take our magic pills"... it feels wrong.

That said, treating to an arbitrary number without regard for heart outcomes (ldl > 100 == bad) wasn't resulting in good practices either.  (witness drugs that are designed to lower cholesterol, but which showed no improvement in heart health)

It seems to me whats missing is a more effective marker/signal of heart health trajectory.  If I accept that cholesterol numbers are a poor signal.  And that there is therefore a distinct lack of available good signal.  The practice you're left with is effectively whats being recommended.  Act like a life-insurance company: pool risk profiles, and handle them all the same.

Pass me the pills.
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    Senior Software Engineer, 2012 - present
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    Senior Software Engineer, 2010 - 2011
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We went there for a friend birthday party. Felt like a success. Everyone ate well, meats were good. I was impressed at the variety of meats and almost everything was served very juicy. (The wine steak was over done). The place is extremely child friendly. We took our two month daughter there with us. They helped us stow the stroller and had a nice stable cradle to lay the car seat in next to the table. The women's restroom has a changing table, and even a marked diaper disposal. I look forward to going back.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
The woman that runs the place has been doing so for a very long time. She is exceptionally caring to the animals and generally a pleasure to work with. My family has been a long time (30 years) customer of theirs. They sometimes get full, so make a reservation! But they were also there to help in several emergencies over the years. If you have a dog and need to leave town for vacation or emergency -- this is a great place to leave your pal.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
My friends and I make an anual trip to this place every year. The rules are it has to follow an "epic" day of skiing. Relevant only because we only ever go when we are *starving*. But, this place never fails to deliver. They have a decent wine selection, and the portions are generally huge. The staff always takes good care of us. The only real downside are some of the cutbacks forced on them by the economy -- their menu lacks many of the side dishes it use to contain, and the downsized their porterhouse a few years back because people couldn't believe a single steak could cost that much. (but it was so amazingly large -- and delicious --... it really did) Regardless, the bottom line is, this place is a fun place to unwind after a solid day on the slopes. You won't leave hungry!
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
This place is great. No seating available really, just a counter to pickup your pizza. It really feels like a hole in the wall, but when you walk in and see the crowd waiting for pizza, you know you're in the right place. If you order anything with toppings, you'll know why -- they heap them on there in huge quantity, which can feel very satisfying, and their crust is strong enough to take it well. I like their cheese pizza quite a bit though too, and often I prefer it so I don't soak the crust in too much topping generated grease. So far, as NY style pies go in the south bay -- this is my favorite. If you've read any of my other reviews, you'll know I grew up in NJ and lived in IL for a while and consider myself a bit of a snob on both NY style and Chicago style pizzas. I've been disappointed by pizza places here in CA again and again. But this place is now my default if I want pizza. Its just good. Its still not quite "exactly ny style" but its close enough to satisfy me without triggering my "you call this pizza?!?" reflex action. I've gone back at least 4 times since I first tried it, I can't say that of other places I've tried. Usually I'm done after 1 time. Grab a pie to go, you won't be disappointed.
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Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago
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My parents have taken their cars to Mike at T and T repairs for over 30 years. He is direct, honest, and trustworthy. He has kept our family cars running great for ever. He won't upsell you on service you don't need, and he will tell you when things need attention. He stands behind his work, and will help you out in a pinch (provided you aren't *always* in a pinch). I no longer live in the area, but if I did, Mike would be my mechanic.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
If you like Chinese food, this place isn't for you. If you like the "idea" of chinese food but you actually want something american. Go here. The food doesn't resemble dishes in an actual chinese place even remotely. The cuising is bland, and many dishes taste the same when they shouldn't. People love it, but I don't get why. Its expensive too. Why pay $15 an entree when cupertino is down the road, awesome, and half the price.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
I had high hopes for nazario's. In particular because its right down the road from where I live making it super convenient. But the crust was too bread like. The toppings were ok, but the crust was too thick for NY style (I may go back and try their "thin crust" or their "thick crust" pizzas... my comments apply to "original") and they didn't have much sauce, in my opinion, they had barely any sauce at all. Its possible with some instruction on more sauce and thinner crust the result may turn out better, but I haven't the time to go back multiple times yet. I felt like it wasn't much better than Round Table -- which I really don't like at all. I am picky about my pizza and i'm the first to admit that. I grew up in NJ and have lived in IL, and both areas take pizza rather seriously (in different ways). So my opinions are colored by that experience. But on the whole -- below average is the best I can give it. I would give it 2.5 if I could, but I can't see fit to score this place a full 3 -- so 2 will have to do.
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Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago