Todays topic is:
Click for the Diabetes Life Hacks – Friday 5/16 Link List. 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.)
At first, I couldn’t think of any non-medical tips. Then I was sitting at my desk and realized that I do have a couple. Just had to open my eyes and look!
I have seen a bunch of people on MDI say that they can’t figure stuff out because they don’t have a pump. You don’t need a pump to figure things out – all you need is a little calculator. I have a couple of these little pocket calculators. They are cheap – last time I got one, it was $4. I put it next to a ruler so you can see it is only 4 inches long and thin. Easily fits in a purse. It makes it easy to figure out carbs and insulin when you are out and about. No need to be a math genius when you have a calculator on you!
Another thing I make use of is sticky notes. I am a creature of habit and when I get up in the morning, I take my usual dose of insulin without thinking about it. When I need to change my Levemir dose, I put a sticky on to remind me to take something different.
Something everyone should have in their fridge is a thermometer. About two months ago, my refrigerator died. My cat figured it out before I did. As soon as she sees me starting to stir in the morning, she goes and sits at her dish. She normally loves her canned food but all of a sudden, was turning her nose up at it. I ended having to toss some insulin. If I had a thermometer when it died, I would have been able to save my insulin. Lesson learned!
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