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Do You Have Anything to Donate?

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Photo courtesy of Posterize

 

Over at Act1diabetes.org, they collect non prescription diabetes supplies to donate to those who are in desperate need of them.  I myself, am one of those who doesn’t get enough strips and has to figure out how to make due, whether by buying them at full cost at the pharmacy or by testing less.  The least I can do is send the extra meter I have and spread word about this in the case any of you have extra supplies.

Test strips are crucial to diabetes management and this organization is unable to meet the flood of requests for them.  I can’t imagine going without strips or a meter.  If you have any extra supplies you could donate,  Here is more info.

If you don’t have extra supplies, Act1diabetes also welcomes help with building up the funds needed to help more people. 

Thanks for reading :)

Sticky Fingers = False Highs

 

I know this may seem obvious to many of you.  When you’ve handled something sweet, you wash your hands or wipe your finger before testing right? 

I thought I’d make a short post about this because I didn’t think of this before recently when my husband made me aware of it. 

Ever since, I’ve sometimes seen a 180 or a 200-something on the meter that didn’t make sense because I felt fine.  So I washed my hands and “oh ok, there we go, 120, that sounds better”. 

So maybe I’m not the only one who could go so many years without this info (which yes, is common sense but may still escape us)

Thinking back, I’m sure some of the crazy lows I had in the past could be due to this.  I’d test, see a high number, give insulin, and 15 minutes later be really low and have to treat, and treat again, until finally stabilizing.  I’d think, “wow, that insulin worked fast”.  Pshh.  If only I had known before.

So if you don’t always ensure your fingers are clean, beware of false high readings.  Once you correct with insulin, they turn into scary low blood sugar readings, quite quickly.  If you’ve handled food, try to wash your hands or wipe your finger to be pricked with an alcohol swab. 

And if you see something over 250 and it just doesn’t seem right, test again.  Don’t be afraid of using another test strip.  I once saw a 380, tested again after washing my hands, and found I was 155.  Can you imagine the low I would have had?

What a type 1 diabetic’s handbag should always contain

 

     A woman’s handbag is precious to her. Inside she may have headache relief medicine, a cell phone, tampons, make-up, a mirror, her money and checkbook, and possibly a note pad and paper. A diabetic woman’s bag should contain a few additional items:

1. If you don’t wear some sort of diabetic alert bracelet or necklace, you should have a medic alert card or some kind of ID in your purse containing information about your diabetes including the fact you are insulin-dependent.

2. A tube of glucose gel. This can be purchased at your local pharmacy. I get one called “Insta-Glucose”  Someone uses this in the case you go unconscious from low blood sugar because it slides down the throat.

3. A Glucagon injection kit. This is also used in the case you are unconscious from low glucose but, it is an injection. Loved ones with whom you spend a lot of time should review the instructions of how to use this. Make sure yours has not expired. This is only provided by prescription from a doctor.

4. Plenty of glucose tablets. I recommend these over juice or candy because it is easy to drink too much juice or eat too much unmeasured sugar in candy. Either way you choose to do it, keep enough sugar for back up. This is to avoid the case where you use one sugar stash in an emergency and are then left with none. What if your sugar drops again? I always keep a back up sugar supply just in case. Occasionally, my blood sugar drops so low I need double the amount of sugar, as well.

5. Glucose meter with enough strips in case you were to get stranded somewhere. Don’t leave the house with less than 10 strips!

6. Insulin and more than one syringe if you do injections.

7. If on a long trip or far from home, make sure you have a lot of extra supplies handy. You never know what could happen. The hassle today could save you from a big one tomorrow!