I can’t believe today is the last day of Diabetes Blog Week! It has been a great week, and I have enjoyed participating! Reading others’ blog posts and receiving comments on my posts through the week has helped me feel supported and that others share similar experiences. Thank you Karen for your hard work in organizing this week to bring the diabetes online community together and raise awareness!
Here is today’s prompt: “Let’s round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From how you organize supplies to how you manage gear on the go/vacation (beach, or skiing, or whatever). From how you keep track of prescription numbers to how you remember to get your orders refilled. How about any “unconventional” diabetes practices, or ways to make diabetes work for YOU (not necessarily how the doctors say to do it!). There’s always something we can learn from each other. (Remember though, please no medical advice or dangerous suggestions.)”
The first tip I have is in regards to low blood sugar events at night. If my blood sugar is low at night, I don’t like to be alone. I want my mom to be aware of it, plus being an amputee, it is difficult to get to the kitchen and get juice while low. So we use a doorbell. We have the receiver plugged in her room, and the button sits on my bedside table. When my blood sugar is low, I just press the button and the doorbell rings. I think of it as being like a call light in a hospital/nursing home.
Another tip about low blood sugar events is I use a measuring glass to measure my orange juice and drink out of. It is so convenient because the ounces are labelled on the side, and I don’t have to either estimate the amount of juice poured into a regular glass or measure the juice in a typical measuring cup and then pour it into a glass.
As for how I manage my supplies on the go, I used to use bags designed specifically for diabetic supplies. I now use this bag by Hipzbag for my meter. When I go to work or nursing school clinical, I wear it around my waist so that I always have my meter and glucose tablets on me. It is also big enough to fit my phone and keys. For my insulin supplies and glucagon, I use a make-up bag. When I’m not going to work or clinical, I just throw these bags into a purse. With doing it this way, I don’t have to worry about forgetting anything when I switch purses. Another trick I have for not forgetting things is that when I come home, I take my meter and insulin pen out of my bags and leave my bags open on top of my purse. This reminds me to grab my meter and insulin before I leave the house.
My final tips and tricks are about my continuous glucose monitor (Dexcom). When I first started using my Dexcom, I used Assured Sports Tape. It stuck very well, and the strips were the perfect size to cut into fourths. The price is great too, as a pack of 6 strips is $1 at the dollar store. However, I have sensitive skin, and the adhesive was a little too good, as I would be left with redness and very sore skin after peeling it off. Also, I only found the tape in red and black, and I didn’t like having these obvious colors show through light-colored shirts.
The tape I use now is Nexcare absolute waterproof tape that comes in a roll and is tan-colored. It is very flexible but doesn’t stick as well, which for my sensitive skin is a positive. After a few days of working and showering, the tape starts to peel off but I easily take it off and replace it without disturbing my Dexcom sensor.
When I replace my sensor, I always have sticky residue left on my skin. Even after scrubbing and picking at it, it wouldn’t go away. Baby oil takes the sticky residue away in seconds! I can’t take credit for this amazing trick–I learned this from a diabetes group on Facebook.
*Note: I am not paid to promote/endorse any products that I discuss. I just share what I have found works best for me!