#DBlog Week 2014 – Diabetes Life Hacks!

” Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes.  Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.) ”

This one is going to be short and to the point; just the way good life hacks should be!

I have found two things that have helped diabetes fit into my life in recent times.


I needed to get my pump replaced due to a series of alarming alarms.  There was a huge difference between the outer casings on my new pump and my old pump and I realised that I needed to protect it more.  I wear my pump in my bra most of the time and it gets subjected to sweat, perfume, moisturiser and the occasional handful of sand care of the little people in my life.  I prefer not to commercialise my diabetes too much, so I usually try to find an everyday item to fill the criteria.  Baby mittens nail it for me; they fit snuggly over my pump, are available in most supermarkets in a variety of colours and go through the washing machine really well!

Baby mittens make great pump covers



After dragging diabetes along with me for over 27 years, I am becoming more aware of the visible impact it is having on my body.  I pride myself on well-manicured nails and soft hands, even though I’ve been known to move half a cubic meter of river stones around our garden on any given weekend.  Finger pricks are starting to callous my finger tips so I decided to start changing my lancet.  (I know, I know, shock, horror, blah, blah, blah!)  The problem was keeping track of when I needed to do it.  So every time I finish a bottle of blood test strips, I change my lancet.  There has been positive reinforcement for my efforts; my finger tips are softening up again… who would have thought that would happen.  Enter rock and roll band, Blunt Lancet stage left… No wait… They don’t play hear anymore 😉




8 thoughts on “#DBlog Week 2014 – Diabetes Life Hacks!

  1. Karen says:

    Oooohh, baby mittens – I never heard of that one before. I’m going to buy some though. But I have to one-up you on the lancet change thing – I change mine every day before I take my fasting blood sugar. Crazy, huh?? 🙂

  2. t1dme says:

    I like that you decided to tackle your lancet changing habit. Changing habits is, to varying extents, difficult for us all. Deciding to alter a habit – no matter how “innocuous” – deserves some respect IMO.

  3. Kelley says:

    What a great idea with the baby mittens! Smart idea about changing your lancet every time you change the test strip bottle. Karen-you are too good! I need to be better (although I did change my lancet at the beginning of DBlogWeek 🙂 Maybe I should go change it now 😛

  4. type1dmom says:

    Love the idea about changing the lancet when you switch strip bottles. Seems so simple, especially for me because the box of lancets is kept next to the extra bottles of strips.. I’m in there with the meter case open already, might as well change the lancet!

    • 1type1 says:

      IKR?! Not sure why I’ve never thought to do it, nor read about it anyone else doing it too… In my case I know complacency crept in 😬

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