Diabetes Blog Week: Tips and Tricks

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 am not the most organized person, to put it gently. But now we have too much diabetes paraphernalia and it has to be organized somehow. Below are some of my favorite things that help me keep diabetes stuff more organized  less disorganized.

This Lazy Susan office supply organizer is great for keeping lots of diabetes things in one place. It holds our wipes, lancets, strips, tape and more. It can hold infusion sets but it’s a tight fit for pods a tad too small for Dexcom sensors. I can jam a few in but it’s not really worth it, so we keep those separately. Someone on my local T1D Facebook page recommended this organizer and it’s worked great for us. Here is it on Amazon for $22, not too bad.

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It took some trial and error to figure out how to carry our back-up supplies. We are often on the go and there have been many times we had to change a pod unexpectedly, or check for ketones, or fix/attach/detach/mcgyver something, so we need to carry lots of crap with us. We tried different baggies and cases but nothing really worked. Then one day I saw one of my fellow D-Mom friends (or, as Katy brilliantly recommends, a D-Unit) with this little medical case. I ran, not walked – RAN – to Target to buy it. Best $5 purchase ever. It changed my life.

On the outside, it’s a perfect size, unassuming, yet its purpose is clear, it zips closed so that nothing falls out, it has a handy handle and even a touch of pizzazz.

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On the inside, it is roomy and functional, has different compartments (BTW I think I have a borderline unhealthy love for compartments and zipped pockets), and fits all our necessary backup stuff: insulin, syringes, pods, wipes, ketone meter, glucagon, extra strips, scissors, batteries, and more. Everything has its place and stays put. Loooooove.

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Last but not least, this beauty, along with the PDM, Dexcom receiver, and a couple of gluten-free snacks, goes inside a small backpack, which we refer to as Diabetes Kit. It’s usually V’s responsibility to pack it and wear it. We don’t leave home without it. At least in theory. We may have accidentally left it behind once or twice or thirty million times.

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By the way, the front pocket is where we keep fast acting sugars, for quick and easy access.

And that’s a wrap! Or a zip-up 🙂

I had a blast writing these Diabetes Blog Week posts. Don’t forget to check other people’s posts here. 

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9 responses to “Diabetes Blog Week: Tips and Tricks

  1. I love learning about hacks! That lazy susan organizer is particularly intriguing and that organizer on the go is awesome. I am somewhat challenged in this area — particularly with tracking our inventory of supplies in the first years after diagnosis. We bought so many $50 bottles of strips late on Sunday nights (never to be reimbursed by insurance) and left insulin at home for weekends away that the pharmacy relayed the message from the insurance company: this is your last emergency refill… for your lifetime. No worries about that, our insurance has since changed, my organizational skills have improved — and a D family moved in right behind us. Borrowing a container of strips is much more handy than a cup of sugar. Anyway, thanks for the ideas! 🙂

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  2. I also love compartments, cubbies, and zippered pouches. I am fanatical when I hike of putting supplies, snacks, etc. in the same location every hike so I know that my money is in this pocket, the glucagon is in the upper compartment of my pack, etc.

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    • Yes! As organizationally-challenged as I can be, I love bags that have a number of sections/pockets so that everything can have it’s own place. And pants without pockets should not exist, period.

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