I Can’t Live Without It

If there’s one thing I’m positive of in this world it’s this: T1D comes with a lot of stuff! With glucose meters, insulin pumps, cgm’s, and all of the extra supplies that come with them – it helps to make things fun with supplies that look good. After all, I’m using these every day, multiple times a day! Here’s a peek into the supplies that make this bionic woman run!

Myabetic Meter Case

love Myabetic products. As someone with diabetes, there are some things that I just can’t leave the house without. And when you have to pull out your meter and check your blood sugar multiple times a day a cute meter case makes it much less of a hassle.

Myabetic was created by a fellow t1d who was sick of carrying around essential supplies in an ugly nylon case. I use the Banting Diabetes Wallet in charcoal gray, and it’s the perfect size to hold my meter, lancing device, test strips, an insulin pen (as backup in case of any pump issues), lancets and pen needles, extra batteries, and even some non-diabetes related things (cough cough mascara). But my favorite part of the case is the velcro-attached zip pocket where I toss all of my used test strips. Because let’s be honest, those little suckers end up everywhere!

13267325_1722612918010644_2110872836_n

I also used to use the Clark Diabetes Compact Double Zip in blue. I had this case for over a year but unfortunately lost it one late New Years night. Alas, it did me well for a long time! I prefer the leather of the Banting Wallet to the nylon of the Clark, but it is super durable and small enough to throw in any bag but spacious enough for all your needed supplies!

Genteel Lancing Device

17663587_1278955422201365_3387033307232337920_n

My fingertips have 14 years of poking on them, so when I tell you they’re calloused I mean they’re rougher than Chicago roads. I have been cranking my lancing devices up to the highest level for as long as I can remember. I love using the Genteel lancing device because I can poke my palms pain-free. The tip forms a vacuum seal and forms a perfect little droplet of blood – so no squeezing is necessary! I also love that they give you stickers with your device so you can sass it up a little bit. I use the Genteel in black – but there’s tons of other fun colors that you can get.

Dexcom G5

My Dexcom has saved my life on more occasions than I can count on my fingers and toes. I’ve worn other CGM’s in the past but nothing compares to the comfortability and accuracy of the Dexcom. I wear the G5, which transmits my real-time sugars directly to my phone via bluetooth. I also wear an Apple Watch (series 2) so I can easily flip my wrist and see my sugar levels at any given time.

The other CGM I wore in the past had a short lifespan – I’d rarely even get a week out of it and it was more of a hassle than it was worth. With my Dex I get 2-3 weeks out of each site and the accuracy only starts wavering during the last few days of wear.

But my by far favorite part of my Dex is the ability for other people to follow your sugar graph and get alerts. Both of my parents follow me and can see where my sugar is real time. I’ve had low blood sugars in the middle of the night that I haven’t woken up for right away, and because of Dexcom my parents were able to call me so I could wake up and get some juice into my system.

GrifGrips

14031733_564858070364894_1243644039_n

I give full credit to GrifGrips for the ability to keep my Dexcom on for over a week. They’re extra adhesive patches that you can put on your pump and CGM sites – I use them for my Dex sites. They come in tons of fun shapes and colors, the saturn grip shown here is my favorite. You order them to have the cutout for whatever device you’ll use it on! These are a must for anyone active (ahem, that sweat and your sites?) and I can’t suggest them enough for kids.

Thought Blossoms Medical ID Bracelet

12519113_1721945064692628_834535164_n

Thought Blossoms makes some of the most stylish medical IDs out there. I used to never wear a medical ID because I could never find one that I felt comfortable wearing all the time. Most look clunky to me and have a clear “medical ID” look to them. Thought Blossoms IDs are amazing and durable – and also cute! I’ve been wearing this Chunky Chain Medical Alert Bracelet for two years now.

When you’re wearing a piece of jewelry every single day it’s worth it to splurge a little bit. I cannot express enough how important it is to have some form of medical identification on you – whether it’s a piece of jewelry, a tattoo, or a medical ID card in your wallet. You never know what might happen and you don’t want to be left in a situation where a medic doesn’t realize you have T1D.

Medtronic Minimed Paradigm Revel 751

The one thing that I really can’t live without is my insulin. I’ve been pumping for 10 years now and have always used Medtronic pumps. My day-to-day life is never consistent, and my pump gives me the freedom to eat when I want and what I want (with caution, of course). The ability to set temporary basal rates for exercise, sickness, and drinking has been a life saver and doing an easy bolus by simply imputing my blood sugar and carbs I’m eating is a game changer when you’re used to MDIs.