For some reason I thought I'd written a post about this before, but apparently not!
By nature, I can be a bit disorganised, lazy and forgetful. so most of my tips revolve around helping me be organised without really having to think about it and making life a bit easier! In no particular order they are:
- I love these little bags of jelly beans for on-the-go hypo treatments. They're 10g carb each, they don't take up much space and they're individually packed so you can shove them in a bag/pocket whatever and they stay non-sticky and non-squished!
- I also love tiny boxes such as these really useful boxes for robust, sturdy hypo storage.
- I'm also a fan of having hypo stashes all over the house - next to my bed, in the kitchen, next to the couch - with a variety of treatments (little cans of coke, glucotabs, jelly beans or babies) so that I don't have to go far and have a variety options depending on the hypo.
- I also carry syringes with me rather than pens in case of pump issues - they take up considerably less space, I don't have to worry about insulin in the pen cartridge going off and it's more convenient.
- I also have a diabetes emergency stash at work, with everything I might need/break/run out of - I have spare sets, cartridges, hypo treatment, batteries, meter, strips, plasters and opsite - since it's the place I spend most time apart from home. I'm working on having a similar thing in the car.
- I like to have little "on-the-go" bags in my diabetes drawers (where all my stuff is kept) that I can just pick up and stick in whatever bag I'm using. They're just little food storage bags that have a couple of spare sets, some hypo treatments and a syringe. I also have larger ones that have a bit more that I can put in my bag for weekends away so I don't have to think too much about it.
- For help with carb counting we have some of these blackboard stickers on our fridge. One has a small table on it permanently with columns for "food," "weight" and "carbs" and then space at the bottom for total and per portion. This means I can just weigh things and stick the info up and then work out the carb while things are cooking. I also keep a calculator next to the scales, and a list of commonly made meals with carb counts.
- And finally, I have today randomly found out the Bayer contour test trip holders fit 5 fruit pastilles and fit easily into my pocket!
(Also, I swear, I'm not working for Amazon!)