Tips and Tricks

Today’s the 5th and final day of Diabetes Blog Week, some may continue posting over the weekend for the wildcard topics, but I think I’ll wrap it up today. To be honest, with how infrequently I’ve been blogging lately, I’m surprised I’ve made it this whole week. Kudos to Karen for selecting topics that I could write about! Today’s topic is 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 love it when people share really helpful, actionable tips for dealing with diabetes in real life. Two years ago, we “hacked” diabetes and I shared a list of things that I do to make living with diabetes easier.

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Creating a Better Healthcare Experience

Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt is all about the healthcare experience. Here it is:

Most people who live with a chronic illness end up with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with healthcare. How would you improve or change your healthcare experience? What would you like to see happening during medical visits with your healthcare team? How about when dealing with your health insurance companies? What’s your Healthcare Wish List or Biggest Frustration? Today is the day to share it all!

I have to acknowledge that I’m in an excellent place when it comes to healthcare. I truly have access to world class medical care living in Cleveland. Overall I have a good team and I can’t relate to all of the horror stories that I hear from others, but my care is not perfect.

There are always areas to improve. In U.S. healthcare, the first area to improve is insurance. Somehow in our twisted system, the insurance companies started determining care, not doctors. Pharmacies will literally fill prescriptions differently than written if the insurance company pushes back. Even doctors will bow to the demands of insurance. Continue reading

The language of diabetes

Today’s Diabetes Blog Week Prompt is all about language and diabetes. Here’s the prompt:

There is an old saying that states “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. I’m willing to bet we’ve all disagreed with this at some point, and especially when it comes to diabetes. Many advocate for the importance of using non-stigmatizing, inclusive and non-judgmental language when speaking about or to people with diabetes. For some, they don’t care, others care passionately. Where do you stand when it comes to “person with diabetes” versus “diabetic”, or “checking” blood sugar versus “testing”, or any of the tons of other examples? Let’s explore the power of words, but please remember to keep things respectful.

I love that it’s a prompt about words that needs to ask people to be respectful. Words get folks all riled up sometimes. I work in PR/marketing communications, let me tell you, we have debates about single commas in come of the things that we develop, so of course word choice is important. I’m one of the folks that the above prompt refers to when saying, “May advocate  for the importance of using non-stigmatizing, inclusive and non-judgmental language when speaking about or to people with diabetes.”

I wrote a post about it for Diabetes Mine today, so please head on over there and read it when you’re done here… Continue reading

Wildcard: Crazy Stories {#DBlogWeek}

I’ve decided not to clean anything out, closet or otherwise, today. So I’m going with the wildcard prompt on crazy stories (in part due to laziness). Here’s the prompt:

Diabetes can sure bring some crazy moments. So tell us your Top 3 craziest D related stories! If you can’t think of three, don’t worry. We’re just as happy with one or two . . . Credit to Maria M of My Life: A Long Trip with T1D for this topic.

I’ve had more than three crazy moments living with diabetes over the past 4ish years. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. 10 things my diabetes devices have been confused with. I started keeping a list, the craziest thing my OmniPod has been confused with was a tracking device, as asked by a TSA agent in the Atlanta airport. The most awkward was when a kid asked if my OmniPod was to keep me from having babies. The other 8 are reasonably funny too.
  2. The insurance woman who thought I had a daughter, because apparently grown ups can’t have type 1 diabetes. This misconception is part of why I’m so vocal about my adult diagnosis story.
  3. A woman found my OmniPod and helped me find walnuts. This is by far my favorite grocery store encounter! I was thrilled to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right D-device stuck to my arm to help a fellow person with type 1 feel more confident with their insulin pump choices.
  4. My World Diabetes Day airport encounter. I meet people in airports and on planes. It’s great, I just never thought a TSA agent would want to be volunteered to pat me down. That D-mom and I both left the security check point feeling less alone.

Check out the Diabetes Blog Week page to read posts about cleaning things out (metaphorically or literally) and to see some other crazy stories.


I’m open about diabetes…until I’m not (Dblog Week)

#DBlogWeek Post Number 2… can do pretty much anything even though I have diabetes and most of the time I talk about it. But there are somethings that I don’t share. Which brings me to today’s Diabetes Blog Week Topic, proposed by Scott, on the topics and aspects of diabetes that we keep to ourselves.

I’m so open about living with type 1 diabetes that I had to stop and really think about the things that I keep to myself.

There are a few things, but I think the more interesting conversation today is less of what I keep to myself and more why I keep it to myself. Continue reading