DBW # 5 ALL Hacks ALL the Time

Diabetes Blog Week = Hacks Galore!

Pumpless Tweaked Basal Hack

He taught himself to inject and seemed to really enjoy (?) it, so this hack pretty much worked. Actually he was still hitting 300+ in the mornings but...without the hack, maybe that would have been 400+.

He taught himself to inject and seemed to really enjoy (?) it, so this hack pretty much worked. Actually he was still hitting 300+ before snack recess but…without the hack, maybe that would have been 400+.

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)

EFFECTIVENESS: C

FUN: A+ (according to Bubs)

Glucagon Hack for People Who Have Been Accidentally Injected with One Ton Humalog

Don't know much about Humalog pen vs.  Lantus pen. A+ for arithmetic.

Don’t know much about Humalog pen vs. Lantus pen. A+ for arithmetic.

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?)

DIFFICULTY: C

EFFECTIVENESS: A+

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

Every morning when I mix up the one pancake, this makes me happy: this spoon LIVES in the almond flour. Good morning.

Every morning when I mix up the one pancake, this makes me happy: this spoon LIVES in the almond flour. Good morning.

Same house 8 years, loose measuring spoons accumulate. Hack is leave accumu-spoons in frequently used things.

DIFFICULTY: A+

EFFECTIVENESS: A+

FUN: A+

Brainless Candy Memory Hack

IMG_96062011: 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.

DIFFICULTY: A+

EFFECTIVENESS: B

FUN: A+

Bermuda Shorts Aficionado Hack

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Once he got the tubing lined up and the band smoothed out, it did not look this much like a tourniquet and the pump was not hanging out precariously, it was snuggled neatly inside.

Once he got the tubing lined up and the band smoothed out, it did not look this much like a tourniquet and the pump was not hanging out precariously, it was snuggled neatly inside.

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.

DIFFICULTY: B

EFFECTIVENESS: A+

FUN: A+

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6 responses to “DBW # 5 ALL Hacks ALL the Time

  1. Very cool hacks – I especially like the candy jar one!! I’ll be borrowing that idea for sure. But yeah, that glucagon units by age number seems kinda bogus to me. So if I accidentally take a boatload of insulin today I need 45 units glucagon, but if I take it in a week and a half I need 46 units? Okay, maybe it only works on kids, not middle-aged people who still think they are kids.

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  2. I know! I wouldn’t remember how/what to do if my pump broke. So – I’ll just contact you (or Bubs?).

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  3. A. I like when i read something of yours that I’ve gotten to hear LIVE. I feel LUCKY. #2. “Because not only not remember also not remember to read the jar.” <—thank you.

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  4. This makes me want to go buy a cool jar like that for candy. (Sounds like a good excuse to drive the hour to Ikea to me!)

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  6. Thanks for the tips. I was reading your comment on A Sweet Life, it sounds like we have TrialNet in common. I was diagnosed and now our 2nd oldest have been diagnosed through TrialNet.

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