Pen-tastic

Today’s Dblog Week topic is about tips and tricks.  There are many nuances to my diabetes management.  This injections trick is probably my favorite:

1. Download the mySugr app.

2. Log blood sugars, insulin injections, carbs, and more in mySugr.

3. If your insulin pen does not have one of those fancy calculators indicating when you last took insulin, create your own system to minimize the risk of double-dosing, or forgetting to dose.

4. For example, in the photo shown below, mySugr would have indicated that I already took 3 boluses of fast-acting Humalog today.  For my fourth shot of Humalog, I move the green hair tie up to the #4 drawn in marker on the insulin pen.  Later, when I take my fifth injection, I will move the band up to #5 on the pen.  And so on.

*If I exceed 8 boluses in one day, I simply move the hair tie back down to #1 (which becomes #9 in this case, and according to my logbook information in mySugr.)

**Handwriting was never my strong point.  Sorry, Catholic grammar school nuns!

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5.  Injections are a blur when your body has endured a lifetime of pokes and prods.  This system helps me to keep track of which injection I am on for this particular day.  My hope is that sharing this trick helps someone else.  Get creative with those hair ties!  🙂

 

Disclaimer: This is my own experience; consult with a medical professional before making changes to your diabetes management.

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10 thoughts on “Pen-tastic

  1. OH!!! marking the pen is BRILLIANT. it’s something that’s so easy to forget b/c it’s such a habitual thing that barely needs to be thought about. sometimes i can’t remember if i actually took it, or if i decided i need this many, or that many units of insulin. i’m gonna try your tip- thanks! 🙂

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  2. See, I knew it was not wrong to get creative with my hair ties,,,, wait, diabetes ? Ok, nevermind, sorry

    Still, I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of May 16, 2016.

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