Today’s Topic: 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.)
I don’t have too many “pin-worthy” hacks to survive as a T1; particularly ones that are deemed medically sound. (Such as refilling my pump cartridges before the 3-day mark, rage-bolusing, how to use the same lancet for over a year…)
But I have plenty of mom with diabetes suggestions that will keep both me and Bean happy while out and about. (There are also five of them – so, Friday Five!)
- Currently pregnant? Here is a link to a sample of a birth plan I wrote for a medicated birth with possible c-section option. Use the template to build your own.
- If you are breastfeeding a new baby, keep all of your “one-handed snacks,” juice boxes, and water in a “station” where you prefer to breastfeed at home. I have a few more tips here.
- Your strip container, glucose tablet roll, and/or your Dexcom receiver make awesome distractions/toys in a pinch.
- Most likely, you will pack two of the same snack while out on the road. This will save a lot of time during a meltdown or hypoglycemic event.
- I wear a lot more dresses now. I love my Girly Go Garter (reviewed here) to wear my pump and keep my Dexcom receiver near by while wearing dresses. This also hides my pump wire much better. (Less pulling, getting tangled in toddler feet, etc.)