Tuesday, October 20, 2009

These are a few of my favourite D things

So far in this just-over-a-year-long journey, I have discovered there are a few things that I just cannot be without when it comes to Elise's diabetes. And because I am such a wily veteran, I thought it would be fun (for me) to share some of them with you. I am in no way be compensated by anybody for saying nice things about these products, but it would be nice if I were.

The Multiclix - granted, I haven't used any other kind, but I love it. I love that you can't see the lancet at anytime during the finger poke. I think it helps to make it less scary for the little ones. I've used it on myself, and it's pretty close to being painless.

Ketone Meter - Yes the strips are expensive, but right now they are so worth it. We asked our endo for the meter, so we didn't have to pay for that. Putting cotton balls in Elise's diaper is a pain, and a lot of times they would shift and not even be wet when we needed to check for ketones. When Elise can pee on a stick, we'll probably go back to using the ketostix. I also have to say that I like that the blood ketone meter shows you what's happening right now, as opposed to the almost two hour lag time with the urine test.

My scale - Since day one, I have weighed everything (well everything with carbs) that Elise eats. I'm pretty good at estimating, but I would rather know for sure. I have one that stays at home and one in Elise's diaper bag. I like a scale that can weigh in grams, has a tare function, and on the rare occasion I do weigh something in ounces, it gives me the weight in decimals points, not fractions (1.25 as opposed to 1 1/4).

My calculator and scratch pad - When I weigh Elise's food, I figure out the carbs by using carb factors (more on that later). I find that using my scratch pad to write out the carb amounts is better than trying to remember that she had 12g of milk, the sandwich was 8g, cantaloupe, 2g... you get the idea. I also use the pad when I'm cooking and I need to keep track of the carb amounts of the ingredients, so I can figure out the carb factor when I'm done.

Carb factors - Don't know what these are? You need to read this post. They changed my life and helped me keep my sanity, such that it is. I keep a list of them in this notebook, adding new ones all the time. Hopefully one day I'll find some spare hours to do up a spreadsheet and post in on my blog.

Labels - Why yes, I am a freak, and I freely admit it. Pretty much everything Elise eats is labled with what it is, when it was made, and the carb factor. That way it's easy for Fred to prepare a meal for her too. I love these sticky labels, and as you can see, I got them at a pretty good price. Yay Target!

Apple juice - I don't use juice often for lows, I prefer to use bananas, but the juice is handy when I'm out and about. I love these Gerber juice bottles. They're 14g of carbs each, compact, don't need to be refrigerated (unless opened), and don't get all squished like a juice box does. Perfect to stick in the diaper bag and forget about until you need it.

My earpiece flashlight - Elise is still in a crib, making middle-of-the-night BG checks a little difficult. I don't like to lower the railing since Elise is a light sleeper and I don't want to wake her. So I have to stand on my tip toes to reach her. If I'm holding the flashlight in my hand, I have to do a juggling act with the meter, lancet, cotton ball and light. Then one day my Mom sent me this invaluable, little tool in the mail, and it has made those night checks so much easier. It hooks around your ear (like a bluetooth, I suppose), and you can point the light in whichever direction you want. Genius!

So what are some of the tools of the trade you just can't live without when it comes to diabetes?


  1. this is an awesome post and I own everything you do except that awesome little light thingy . that is great and yeah to this post . thanks for sharing and posting this .

  2. Very cool post! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the light thing! We struggle with nighttime checks too because it is hard to hold our itty bitty flashlight and the lancet and the glucometer! Love this post! Thanks!!

  3. Man! I could have used that ear light when I had babies in cribs!!!

    I still have my scratch books from when J was diagnosed 11 years ago...I am so happy I don't know where they are. It's too emotional for me to look at them. For 2 years we wrote down everthing he ate, how much insulin we gave him and his blood sugar numbers. UGH!

  4. The light is sooo cool. I totally need one. Not sure for what, but I do.

  5. I love these!
    I just got the Multiclix and the Ketone Meter yesterday. So exciting.
    Weird what I get excited about these days! I love the flashlight!


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