Diabetes Life Hacks

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!

 Pocket Calculator

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Mantras and More

Today’s topic is:

Click for the Mantras and More – Thursday 5/15 Link List. Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day. Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day. Is there something positive you tell yourself? Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through? Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost? Maybe we’ve done that and we can help others do it too? (Thanks to Meri of Our Diabetic Life for suggesting this topic.)

What gets me thru a hard diabetes day?

Glucose tablets and Apidra

Yeah, I know that wasn’t really the intent of this post, but I had to! 

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What Brings Me Down: Doctors

2014 Diabetes Blog Week

Today’s topic for Diabetes Blog Week is What Brings Me Down:

Click for the What Brings Me Down – Wednesday 5/14 Link List. May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? (Thanks go out to Scott of Strangely Diabetic for coordinating this topic.)

I had to really stop and think about this one because for me, it is not truly diabetes that brings me down.  It isn’t even the complications from it that bring me down.  And yes, I have had some days that I cried because of both of them but those are few and far in between. 

For me, the most frustrating thing is having to deal with doctors.  These past two years, I have been dealing with a foot wound that got infected and the infection set into my bone.  Everyone says we need to be informed patients but doctors hate it when we are and certainly don’t like it when you have an opinion about things you do or don’t want to do.  The times I have spent in tears this last year weren’t because of my wound but because of frustrations with doctors. 

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Tell Me a Story: Jason


2014 Diabetes Blog Week

Today’s topic is to write a poem and I am horrible at writing poetry. I picked one of the wildcard topics instead:

Click for the Tell Me a Story Wildcard Link List. Write a short story personifying a diabetes tool you use on a daily basis. A meter, syringe, pump, pill, etc. Give it a personality and a name and let it speak through you. What would it be happy about, upset about, mad about? (Thank you Heather of Unexpected Blues for this topic.)

You want a story? Let me tell you about Jason. You know Jason, from Friday the 13th? WRONG. Jason is really my meter. Jason is bad, bad, bad!

Jason with Meter

Sometimes, Jason lies or acts like the Diabetes Police. He likes to say, “you really should NOT have eaten that.” Or he tells you that you are high just because you touched something sweet.


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