Have you ever been traveling and forgot important diabetes medications or supplies? While traveling without insulin for his pump, Rhodes recently learned about telemedicine or telehealth options offered by many insurance companies. You may be able to speak live to a primary care doctor on your smart phone or computer through a low-cost app. Call your […]
As great as our pumps and meters are at helping us manage diabetes, Rhodes was recently reminded that this technology doesn’t always work perfectly. Now he is better prepared with a back up plan if his diabetes technology fails.
You should always travel with your glucometer, but when there is risk of low blood sugar, you don’t want to leave home without being prepared. Rhodes recommends always carrying glucose tablets for quick-acting carbs, and a snack to help keep your blood sugar at a safe level. He opts for a granola bar with 18 […]
Doctor’s appointments can be stressful or leave you frustrated and confused. We recommend writing down all your questions or concerns in advance, and telling the doctor that you have a list you would like to get through. We also recommend trying to take a family member or friend with you for a second set of […]
Rhodes thinks that recording your blood sugars, food intake, exercise, medication and a few other factors in a health journal is critical to good diabetes management. A health journal (also known as a log or tracking) will help keep you accountable, and will also help your doctors and health care team evaluate how to better […]
Glucose tablets are chalky, round servings of fast-acting glucose. Unlike sugar in foods, they do not have to be broken down by your body to be absorbed and to bring blood sugar up. Glucose tablets are now available in almost every grocery store and drug store. Convenient and quick, glucose tablets should be every diabetic’s […]
The lancet is the “pricker” used to draw blood for the glucose meter that tests blood sugar. They all essentially work the same, but most have a few key features. Rhodes talks about adjusting the depth of the lancet needle, and changing the lancet.
A glucagon can be lifesaving, if used correctly. But it can be challenging to assemble and deliver, particularly in a stressful situation. We recommend you train those around you, at home, work and school, using your expired glucagon to practice.