Saturday, 17 May 2014

Diabetes Hacks - DBlog Week Day 5

Our Friday #DBlogWeek topic is one I find really fun - Diabetes Life Hacks.  Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes, 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. Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)  

I don't think I have a lot of Diabetes Hacks.. in the grand scheme of things I'm still very much a newbie learning Hacks from the DOC so here's a combo of mine and others I've learnt. Bet you can guess which are mine! :)

  • Carbs & Cals - Both the book and the app are a godsend
  • Flavoured glucotabs (for me personally its the Raspberry ones) are nicer than plain
  • Always keep a snack on you (or two if your other half is always peckish like mine!)
  • Don't be afraid of injecting in public, people really don't notice! I've injected in the middle of London and no-one's batted an eyelid..
  • If anyone does say anything rude about you injecting, tell them to shove their ignorant opinion up their jacksy as far as it will go :)
  • Mysugr -  app is also a godsend, records your BG's and any notes relating to your results. Provides analysis and reports too, plus you get to name your own Diabetes Monster! (Mine is Jabba..)
  • If you get a result that you don't quite trust, wash your hands and try again. I've had some cases where I've not done this and ended up hypo :(
  • Tweet chats - these go on all over the world, they put you in touch with some awesome peeps!


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