I feel like the beginning of Diabetes Blog Week had so many prompts that really tapped the emotionally-saturated side of my diabetes management that I’m spent. But I didn’t want to phone it in today for the last weekday post, so I’m pulling myself up by the bloggy bootstraps and putting my hacker hat on. (Damn, Gina – that sounds like a complicated metaphorical outfit.)
For today’s blog post, centered on diabetes life-hacks, here’s a compilation of “sum” (OH HA?) diabetes hacks from the past:
- “My presentation was anchored in the ‘Living Well With Diabetes’ track, and I homed in on the tips, tricks, and hacks that people with diabetes are using to streamline a cumbersome disease.” This one is about the diabetes hacks presentation I gave at the IDF held in Melbourne last winter.
- Can’t hear your Dexcom alarms? Stick the receiver in a glass!
- In a glaaaaaass!!
- Or you could make use of some really cool earthquake apps designed to alert people to earthquakes … so why not also alert them to lows?
- Looking to keep your pump in a unique spot? How about your sock?
- Here’s a great tape to help keep your Dexcom sensor, or other medical devices, stuck.
- Dealing with an adhesive rash? A Toughpad might help. Or an inhaler.
- Looking to keep your diabetes supply stash lean, but still useful, while running? Use your shoes.
- It’s okay to wear your pump in your bra.
- Or to build a pocket for your insulin pump into your wedding dress.
- You can even hack your insulin pump to upload 80’s songs as your alarms.
- There are makeshift ways to protect your insulin vials, too. (I’ve bought a few of these from Amazon.)
- Dress up your glucose meter case by departing from meter cases entirely.
I like “diabetes life hacks” because they make it easier, and more streamlined, to actually live with diabetes without succumbing to all the rules. I don’t want to work my life around my diabetes; I’d much rather work diabetes around my life.
But the ultimate diabetes hack, IMO? Is from Dana and Scott, who are creating their own do-it-yourself-pancreas system. Necessity is the mother of invention, for real when it comes to life with diabetes.