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!
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.
10 thoughts on “Pen-tastic”
Um, this is an incredible idea. Wish I thought of this when I was on MDIs!
Thanks, Molly! It took me a lot of frustration and a lot of shots before the Eureaka! moment came about. 🙂
Brilliant, Ally! And thanks so much for giving mySugr some love, too. You’re awesome!
Thanks for reading, Scott! I’d be lost without mySugr! Many thanks to everyone onboard there!
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You are so smart.
This appeals to me much more than a pump.
We can have a hair tie party for our next #doc-in-real-life meet up. 💁🏼
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! 🙂
Thanks for reading, Kerri. I hope the pen trick works for you! 🙂
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.
Hahaha Own it, Rick! 🙂