Tools

Tools

Technology Can Fail

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.

Posted by Alana
Tools

Being Prepared to Treat Low Blood Sugar

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 […]

Posted by Rhodes
Tools

Getting the Most From Your Doctors’ Appointments

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 […]

Posted by Alana
Tools

Keeping a Health Journal

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 […]

Posted by Rhodes
Tools

Using Glucose Tablets

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 […]

Posted by Alana
Tools

Lancing Devices

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.

Posted by Rhodes
Tools

How to Check Your Blood Sugar

Rhodes has been checking his blood sugar for over 32 years. If you need a primer on using a glucose meter, watch Rhodes demonstrate checking blood sugar on his device.

Posted by Rhodes
Tools

Using a Glucagon Emergency Kit

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.

Posted by Alana
Tools

What is a Continuous Glucose Monitor?

Rhodes uses a continuous glucose monitor (“CGM”) to monitor his blood sugar. Inserted in his abdomen, the CGM conveys a blood sugar reading every five minutes. The monitor alerts him to upward and downward trends in blood sugar, and helps to predict and prevent serious highs and lows.

Posted by Rhodes
Tools

Being a Prepared Support Team Member

A key to diabetes management is being prepared—for treating highs and lows, checking blood sugar, and taking medicines. But as a member of your diabetic’s support team, how can you be better prepared? Alana has a few ideas, like carrying glucose tablets with you at all times.

Posted by Alana