Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I was cryin' when I met you, Now I'm tryin' to forget you


Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at.  Today let’s look at the flip-side.  We probably all have one thing we could try to do better.  Why not make today the day we start working on it.  No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

DAY 3:
I keep letting my insulin run out. I want to maximize my use of it-since it's one of the additions of monthly payments I've had to include. Well, that's all fine, but I need to make sure I have enough supplies with me to fill it! I work about thirty minutes from my house, and I nanny for two little girls. So you can imagine that's its extremely difficult to run home and get my supplies, should I run out. 

I need to figure out a way to remind myself when I'm running low. And then remind myself to remind myself. It's been such a  big adjustment just to remember my meter, my pump, my CGM, my everything. Then add making sure the insulin is in the pump and can get you through the day: Ugh, my memory hurts already. 

If you have any suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them. :) Although, I'll still probably figure out a way to forget. 


  1. Set an alarm on your phone, I'm sure the I-phone has an app for daily reminders ;)

  2. i don't know what type of pump you have but we have a minimed and use the mymedtronic app which has alarms. but setting a regular alarm on your phone could work just as well.

  3. I have a small box at work with a site change backup supplies. I also keep one bottle of insulin in a zip lock bag in the work fridge.

    I am not sure if this is an option for you.

  4. I only fill the cartridge with about... (a little over) what I'll need for three days.
    I keep the 3 day schedule on my email calendar for up to two months - so every 3 days in the morning, it pops up to say "new insulin."
    Would your endo give you a prescription for pens, for emergency use? Then you could keep a pen at the house (in the fridge), just in case.
    I'm sure you'll find a routine that will work for you!

    1. This is a great idea! Never thought to get a couple pens. I bet my endo would just give them to me...

  5. I am also a nanny and I keep a humalog pen with me. I haven't had to use it many times, but it has come in handy a few times!

  6. My suggestion: set your LOW RESERVOIR threshold really low, like half a day's worth. I used to set mine high (just over 1 day's worth) and found myself ignoring the alarms because I could always do it later. After awhile, I'd ignore the final alarm that really mattered, only to have to rush to fix the situation in a panic. When you set the alarm to an "I mean it, I'm not kidding" threshold, you'll find (I hope) that you take action when you need to.