Four Tips that can make your life as a type 1 easier

By type1skillset Latest Reply 2013-02-26 21:42:53 -0600
Started 2013-01-19 08:50:34 -0600

As a type 1 living with diabetes for 37 years, I have seen my fair share of the disease. The advantage for you, is that I have learnt some tricks that can make living with it easier. Here are my 3, would love others to share theirs.

1. Place a back up pen in a thermos, in your car and if you get caught in a bind, you will have rapid acting insulin that is less likely to be compromised (provided you change it out every 30 days). Bonus: You'll also have a place to store coffee if you get desperate.

2. Use baby oil to get infusion sets off. This is a cheap way to reduce the adhesive on the back and also not bad for the skin. Another tip is don't take them off after a shower as the heat makes the adhesive more sticky.

3. Fill reservoirs with pre filled pens. The left over is an easy way to have a back up pen and makes filling the reservoir easier.

4. Make it a habit to ask to see everything that is new to market from your entire health care team (don't rely on them to just tell you). This includes other devices and offerings from "brands" you might not have been using.

Hope this helps

13 replies

Felix D
Felix D 2013-02-23 21:08:07 -0600 Report

I was guilty for many years of diet soda.
After 13 yrs I finally gave up ASPARTAME. A sugar sweetener that can harm more then help!
I feel better too. Side effects such as depression are related as well. Glucose is lower too. Hope my change will help anyone! GET INFORMED AND NO GMO"S

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-01-21 14:01:06 -0600 Report

one tip that I live by is knowing that sugar free doesn't mean carb free, and that health foods are generally more carb packed that most foods. You have to learn to speak a different language with diabetes

type1skillset 2013-01-21 19:43:48 -0600 Report

Great tip. On top of that, they never taste that great either so you get the double whammy, increased sugars without the taste.. booooo

jayabee52 2013-01-19 23:55:51 -0600 Report

Just one note to point #1 I hope when you need to stash your coffee, that you'll take the pen out beforehand! LoL!

manapua72 2013-01-19 17:30:45 -0600 Report

Nope not from New Zealand but I was raised in a different part of Polynesia , wonderful HAWAII !!!!!!!!!!! Though I now reside in Washington state … As I'm new to pump , it seems that I show no resistance to insulin from it , I'm doing amazingly well according to the doc , pump trainer , and if I do say so myself … #'s r the proof … Really happy with the pump for the first time in over 10 years of knowing that I've had diabetes do I feel like I have some control over this affliction … I hope over time my body doesn't become resistant but I guess time will tell … Who knows maybe someday there will be a cure ??? One can hope …

KBLegg 2013-01-25 19:30:34 -0600 Report

What brand of pump do you use? I've been on Omnipod, but off of it for a little over a year. Going to see my diabetes physician next week, with a goal of getting back on a pump. Thanks

manapua72 2013-01-19 09:06:54 -0600 Report

I'm a type 2 , though I'm insulin dependent … Did a C- peptide test , doc was sad to tell me I'd be on insulin the test of my life … Anyways I guess I'm fortunate that I never have a problem taking my infusion sets off , yes I'm on an insulin pump … I guess I should have back up pens around I only have them in refrigerator @ home … Never had a problem with pump yet …I get insulin vials now no more pens … My back up pens were samples doctor had in office …, thanks for sharing your tips ..,,,

type1skillset 2013-01-19 13:45:56 -0600 Report

Hi Manapua, great info. I guess where I find back up pens useful is when high sugars occur. I don't know if some people find this, but I become extremely resistant to the insulin from the pump and often find correcting with a pen faster. Using a pen to fill the reservoir can also be much easier as you push the the insulin in via the pen, instead of using the reservoir attachment to "pull" Thanks for taking the time to comment on my post and glad to hear your positive attitude towards insulin and diabetes. You wouldn't by chance be from NZ would you (based on user name) :)

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