#DBlogWeek – Life Hacks

Honestly, I got nothing here.

Today’s post suggestion was: Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes.  Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)

My advice my life hacks are nothing great. I mean everything I do, anything I can suggest is all common sense related. It makes my life easier, but it is nothing big.

I mean putting my Dexcom in a glass to amplify the noise if I am low or high seems like a great idea. I know I should do it. However, I sleep with my Dexcom. Let me rephrase that. I sleep on my Dexcom. I lose it in my bed. Are we seeing a theme here? Do I hear it. Sometimes, should I be trying something better than sleeping in the same bed as it. Probably. I mean, we aren’t even married….

My common sense things. Non-medical related of course. I have bottles of glucose tabs all over the place in my room. I have two bottles on my nightstand at all times. I make sure before putting said bottles there, the plastic is off, the cotton removed, etc. I am ready if something happens. If I have had a meal that I know periodically f’s my sugars up at night. Or I know it was a weird day and I am not sure how X, Y, or Z is gonna play with me at night. I take said bottle of glucose tabs and sleep with them too. The worst thing in the world is having a night time low, you know the one I am talking about, when you wake from a cold sweat and your muscle coordination is not all that great?!? Yeah that one, sometimes even rolling over and getting my hand around the bottle can be a bit of an effort. So I have been known to sleep with my tabs, just in case (never needed them) I have an easier time getting my hands on that bottle. It’s stupid, but it’s the best I got.

When it comes to diabetes, you know your shit better than me. You know your own quirks and stuff. You have your routines.

I mean for me, when I need to change my pump I have a simple process:

  1. The night before I go into my perfectly organized closet and grab one of my pump supply bags. Closet
  2. I open the plastic around the infusion set.
  3. I open and prep the tubing for the morning, removing the little white tape.
  4. I take the insulin cartridge and fill it up the night before. Trying my hardest to remove bubbles. (If there is a bubble issue it usually sorts itself out by morning.)
  5. In the morning, I use the insulin I have left to bolus for breakfast.
  6. Than I remove the pump and rewind as if I am about to change everything.
  7. I take my shower.
  8. Than I do the rest of the site change.

This way with everything prepped the night before I don’t have to be all that awake to do things, plus I am not waiting for what seems like forever for my pump to rewind. You know all 45 seconds.

That’s all I got. It makes my life easier and makes a morning set change about 3 minutes.





#DBlogWeek: Poetry Tuesday

Seriously Karen? What vindictive pills did you take when you were coming up with this list??

Today’s Insanity: This year, Diabetes Blog Week and TuDiabetes are teaming up to bring out the poet in you! Write a poem, rhyme, ballad, haiku, or any other form of poetry about diabetes. After you’ve posted it on your blog, share it on the No Sugar Added® Poetry page on TuDiabetes, and read what others have shared there as well!

So we want a diabetes Poem, right?

I would rather just take flight.

Don’t get me wrong, I can do this.

However, I just think my rhymes will miss.

However, since Karen is making us.

I will just try not to cuss.

Talking diabetes, I can do.

I mean after 17 years, it is nothing new.

Handling the frustrations I face day by day,

sometimes I want to make someone pay.

Getting a no-hitter?

That’s gone the way of the shitter! having me daily on Twitter.

The thing is, when I face the problems that crop up.

I know I am not a newborn pup.

I have the ability to figure this stuff out,

even when I would rather rant, rave, and pout.

The thing is, in this world when one faces diabetes,

we need to be ready, maybe eat our Wheaties.

This condition is controllable,

even if we are sometimes fallible.

What truly matters for all involved,

is we try to have the problems faced solved.

Instead of saying “woe is me”!

We say, “I am not gonna flee”.

We make diabetes ours.

Hey, it ain’t SARS!

We face the hurdles day by day.

Knowing we can make it in our own way.

If you a still reading this tripe,

please don’t gripe.

At the end of the day,

we blame Karen, what can I say?

Mystic5(Yeah, that’s her in the middle!)