Okay, I’m linking up for diabetes blog week. What a fun way to connect and share posts about diabetes. Today the topic is “diabetes life hacks,” which are basically supposed to be non-medical tips & tricks for handling a life with diabetes.
My immediate thought is that I have no life hacks, but that must not be true. Things that are natural to me I wouldn’t even think of as hacks. Anyway, in no particular order:
Professionalism/clothing: Sometimes it can be hard to be diabetic and professional at the same time. How to wear a suit? What do I do when I’m in court and my bloodsugar starts dropping? How to handle the business lunch or interview where I can feel my bloodsugar skyrocketing but I’m not sure how to get away? I don’t have answers to all of this, but here are a few times where I won rather than lost:
1. My top clothing victory was probably my wedding dress. As you can see, I had the lovely woman doing my alterations sew a pocket into the side of the dress for my insulin pump, which made everything accessible throughout the wedding, which was key.
2. I try to wear pants suits to business lunches and meetings rather than my typical dress suits. I know that you can buy devices that allow you to wirelessly program your pump through your clothes, but I just want things to be simple and easy in business situations, so I opt for the pants suit and throw the pump into my pocket.
3. When I’m wearing a dress or dress suit, I press the pump up flush against my boob and leave it in my bra. I always make sure to turn the end where it connects to the tube closer up to my neck so that it won’t look like a nipple if the pump somehow moves around. Yikes.
4. When I’m running, I like to keep my insulin pump in a SPI belt. This keeps it from bouncing around and the CGM works easily through the belt and there’s plenty of space for glucose tabs as well.
Inserting the pump/CGM:
1. For awhile I was tensing up while inserting and having difficulties as a result of it. When my husband first suggested that I let him insert my pump and CGM I flatly refused. But, after an episode of him chasing me around the bathroom, I finally relented and let him try it once. Okay, so much easier/less painful.
1. Marry a great guy.