Diabetes Blog Week = Hacks Galore!
Pumpless Tweaked Basal Hack
Pump broke. No one here remember how real people deal w. Lantus/continuous basal rate. Choice: high in the morning (bc normally way more basal in morning) or low remainder of day (bc opposite.) Bigfoot, Inc. choose high in morning. Think safer. (?)
Hack = many, many Humalog micro-shots in the morning. Parent wakes up 5AM, notices child high: shot. Prebolus breakfast: shot. Get to school high: shot. Etc.
DIFFICULTY: D (this can not really be the answer)
FUN: A+ (according to Bubs)
Glucagon Hack for People Who Have Been Accidentally Injected with One Ton Humalog
Click click click click click click (x24.) It insulin pen sound as 12u injected into bum of sleeping child.
SLEEPING BUBS: Dad? Did you just give me Humalog?*
Shit shit shit.
Hack (Bigfoot interpretation of endo instructions) = since difficult eat 200g CHO anytime & even more difficult asleep w. full tummy, glucagon kit. Mix as directed, use regular insulin syringe, not giant kit-provided one. One unit per year of age, set Dexcom to highest low alarm (100mg//dL), 11u more glucagon if dropping, could do 20u, very vague instructions, conservative yet wishy-washy, just watch BG on Dexcom and nudge w. glucagon as needed. (Caveat = if under 100 and arrow down, JUICE.) (Too obvious say out loud, sorry, but: not medical advice. Every endo/family does this different style and/or not at all.) (And doesn’t 1u glucagon per year of age seem bogus? Shouldn’t it at least be by weight or something?)
FUN: A+ (because new skill + frisson of Bionic Pancreas feeling)
*Yes! In his sleep he picked up on the audio clue of the wrong insulin being injected. Children are amazing.
Measuring Spoons Hack
Same house 8 years, loose measuring spoons accumulate. Hack is leave accumu-spoons in frequently used things.
Brainless Candy Memory Hack
2011: Bigfoot felt sure never, ever forget g CHO per Skittle, Starburst, SweeTarts, etc. But then forget. 2014 still near-zero recall. Each time forget, require find label, weigh out serving, count pieces, calculate g CHO per piece. Hack is: dedicated candy jar, label w. g CHO whatever candy currently decanting. Leave all labels in place because you know you will not remember and you know Starbursts will go out of fashion again one day but then will come back into fashion.
Many items (Skittles) this jar labeled over & over. Because not only not remember also not remember to read the jar.
Bermuda Shorts Aficionado Hack
So relieved report pump back in action. Tallygear new Dexcom armband/ankleband arrive. Bubs love. Wore Dexcom on ankle while wearing full-length pants. Next day, pulled above-knee bc Bermuda shorts. Hmmm. Noticed proximity pump site. Ran pump tubing down leg, insert pump into spandex-y envelope, perfect.