Tutorial Tuesday: Bayer Contour Next Link!

So, for the first part of  #TutorialTuesday now on curemoll, I wanted to post this picture, which is about the coolest thing I have ever discovered about my new tester (meter) the Bayer Contour Next Link. Tutorial Below!

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  1. With meter off, double tap the power or menu button on the top [see the light icon on the picture] and the light will come on. It’s orange 
  2. Then, insert the strip.
  3. Wait for the meter to turn on and go through it’s menu.
  4. [To TURN OFF LIGHT:] simply double tap again. But it will go off when your meter goes off.

That’s it! So cool  right??!!

So, you might know, but I used to LOVE the Freestyle Lite meter because of the amazing light button and I was pretty attached to it…and my old meter that synced to my Medtronic Insulin Pump never had a light and I have always had so much trouble testing in the dark…[it’s hard to hold a flashlight or your phone and poke your finger at the same time] so when I discovered this, I was so excited I showed everyone I know and thought I should share it you!! 🙂

Let me know if this is helpful! It’ll be up on Pinterest and Instagram (@mj2molliej) too! 

Let me know if I can post any tutorials that YOU are looking for? Comment section is below!

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Saturday Snapshots: Travel Edition!

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As part of #dBlogWeek (Diabetes Blog Week), Here’s Saturday’s prompt, Saturday Snapshots….

Whether driving or flying (my TSA blog will be posted soon, so look out!), traveling can be quite complicated, and when you add diabetes supplies to the picture, it gets even messier trying to pack after anticipating every possible problem that might arise.

After many a sleep-deprived night and much trial and error (and sometimes even shipping my supplies, haven’t we all been there before!), this picture is the kit I have had ever since I can remember. Maybe we’re so organized because my family and I have traveled coast to coast on a regular basis since we were around 6 years old. The four of us girls, my mom, my aunt mama (who was on JDRF national committees, which required her to take monthly trips for most of our childhood), myself and my twin sister all have fond memories journeying back and forth from our hometown of Las Vegas to Washington, D.C, when we were little and advocating for increased funding for diabetes research, and going back and forth to Nashville, Tennessee more and more for our music career.

So since I just refilled everything, I figured this is as good a time as any to show you what I have pre-packed at any moments notice to grab and go take a trip or incase of a fire, this is always near by!! Any tips I can share with you, please feel free to adapt into your travel stash and I’d really love it if you shared some your own favorite travel bag pics/hints in the comment section below too!

I have a bigger bag for longer trips, but the picture above is my “small” bag that you can find at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, in the beauty bag section with the clear pockets inside. I know, you’re probably saying that it’s a lot, a lot, i know. But diabetes always comes with lots of stuff. See?

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  • Infusion Sets
    Depending on the amount of days I’ll be out town, I bring 1 Infusion set per day plus 2-3 extras for those “just incase” moments. 
  • Insulin Reservoirs
    Same for these, 1 for each day, plus 2-3 extra. (Factoring in the weather, bad insulin, etc.)
  • Test Strips
    Pictured 4 bottles (50 strips per bottle). This also depends on how long I’ll be out of town, but I ALWAYS bring WAAAAAY more than usual.
  • Tegaderm Tape
    For the Sure-T Infusion Sets at least, I need this tape to keep the Sure-T’s on me without falling out. 
  • Glucose Tablets
    Yes I know you thought those were M&M’s Mini’s? They’re actually 20 glucose tabs! See my tutorial on that here!
  • Band-Aids
  • Kleenex
  • Insulin Bottles 
    I leave them in their boxes incase TSA needs a Prescription, never know, right?
  • Syringes (old style syringes, just incase!)
  • Pen Needles 
  • Humalog Pen 
  • Levemir Pen
  • Frio Cooler Pack 
    I keep my 2 brand new Humalog and Levemir Pens in a Frio Cooler Pack, which keeps the insulin cold and I put this back in my purse once I get through TSA incase of emergency or a very high blood sugar during the flight/road trip, i can inject a shot IM [intermuscular] in my arm. 
  • Batteries
    AAA to be exact, at least that’s what my Medtronic Pump needs, you can adapt this for your Omnipod, Animas, etc.
  • Doctor’s Letter
  • Penlet Needles
    I use Accu-Check Multi-Clix because I am one of those people who does not change my Poker’s Lancet every time i poke my finger, so this defiantly reminds me. 

It would be great to get a good collection of different diabetic bags, so the next time you pack your diabetic supplies, take a picture and hashtag #diabetestravelbag on instagram and/or facebook with your perfectly packed travel bag and I’ll repost it and feature it here!!

Feel free to re-pin it on Pinterest too!

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dBlogWeek: Lighting Up the Bayer Contour Next Link Meter!

As part of #DblogWeek, Day 5: Diabetes Life Hacks, I wanted to post this picture, which is about the coolest thing I have ever discovered about my new tester (meter) the Bayer Contour Next Link. Tutorial Below!

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  1. With meter off, double tap the power or menu button on the top [see the light icon on the picture] and the light will come on. It’s orange 
  2. Then, insert the strip.
  3. Wait for the meter to turn on and go through it’s menu.
  4. [To TURN OFF LIGHT:] simply double tap again. But it will go off when your meter goes off.

That’s it! So cool  right??!!

So, you might know, but I used to LOVE the Freestyle Lite meter because of the amazing light button and I was pretty attached to it…and my old meter that synced to my Medtronic Insulin Pump never had a light and I have always had so much trouble testing in the dark…[it’s hard to hold a flashlight or your phone and poke your finger at the same time] so when I discovered this, I was so excited I showed everyone I know and thought I should share it you!! 🙂

Let me know if this is helpful! It’ll be up on Pinterest and Instagram (@mj2molliej) too! 

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#happymothersday + #happyauntmamasday to the 2most important woman in our lives, we’re so glad we get to call you Mom and Aunt Mama! Love you soooo much!

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and my a1c is…..

After more than 20 years of diabetes, you would think I’m used to this feeling. The uncertainty of sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for the result of my a1c every three months. No. Never. I still don’t like the days I go to my endocrinologist and they poke my finger for this test result.

I know people have told me that it’s just a number, going to the doctor is more than your a1c, it’s not all that matters, and that helps me keep this in perspective. But seeing it at 7.8 this time was disappointing and I guess I was wishing for it to be better. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my pump sites, sometimes forgetting to bolus for dinner, and I know basal rates are a bit questionable/not quite right in the morning. But thanks to my wonderful endocrinologist who changed my pump settings, it’s making a difference in my blood sugars! Yay Insulin Pumps! These next three months will be better!

I’m also looking into getting back on the Medtronic CGM sensor and getting my blood sugar back in control. Hopefully by next time, my a1c will be 7.0 or lower!  I’m going to try to stay positive! 🙂

At least the CareLink USB now works on Apple computers using Firefox!

Here’s to the next few days of 2 hour tests to check my basal rates! 🙂

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Sick, Too High, Hungry, and Frustrated + Thinking CGM?

*As I write this, my blood sugar is very high. So, if this doesn’t make sense, I apologize.*

I try to not complain too much about my diabetes, and I know i haven’t written on here in quite a while, but I’ve been having a really bad “Diabetic Day.” well..lets just call it a “Bad Diabetic Weekend?” yeah. I kept waking up the next day hoping I would feel better, but it seems like my blood sugars are going nowhere along with this cold. No matter how much i correct.

I’ve already gone through 2 site changes, 2 bottles of insulin, taken some shots, and who knows how many bottles of water. 

I know when you have a cold, blood sugars are a challenge anyway, but this morning, well last night, I went to sleep and my number was 273, so I corrected and tested 2 hours later (umm 2:30 in the morning) and I was only 197. Then, at 6am, I was so thirsty, I woke myself up. Tested again and I was back up to 251. Woke up at 197. Took a shot to correct even though i was wearing my pump, but at this point, i was not convinced my insulin or my pump site was good. So after waiting a while, I took a shot for my breakfast, 2 eggs and a fiberOne Blueberry Muffin. calculated the carbs, took a shot, ate my cold eggs, and then changed my site with a new bottle of insulin. Waited.

Now it’s 1:30pm in the afternoon, I’m hungry, not really sure how i feel because I’m achy everywhere anyway, (thank you sore throat, chills, coughing) and I tested. Im 421. 421?????? How in the world??? I did not feel this one coming. 

Freaking out and not sure what to do anymore, I called my endocrinologist’s office and spoke to them about what’s been going on all weekend. She told me to test for key tones, (she waited on the line- they’re at TRACE, the light pink, 5 level. Not too bad, but still, I have key tones and she told me drink lots of bottles of water) and to re-test my blood sugar. Even though I was had tested 10 minutes earlier and also corrected with my pump, she said to test again anyway. I was 336. She said to wait the 2 hours before correcting anything, and to only take shots using my insulin pens, until I’m back under control. And of course, now, I’m sitting here chugging water and blogging.

I’m hungry. and I’m not thirsty. I don’t want water. anymore. can someone go eat lunch for me??

Being on a CGM Sensor right now would be a good idea. I go into my endocrinologist tomorrow and will ask about what I need to do to get back on it. (If you’ve read my past blogs, you’d know the CGM and I are not the greatest of friends in terms of accuracy, (this was years ago)) so I am open to anything.  Any thoughts on what you guys prefer wearing? The Dexcom? The Minimed CGM? Any reasons why one over the other???

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Short Survey!

diabeticangels:

Our friend Ashley is looking for some help from some awesome diabetics! She’s currently doing research through her college (Winona State University in Minnesota) on individuals with type 1 diabetes and their self-care behaviors! All she needs is some volunteers who are type 1 diabetics and at least 18 years old to take a super short survey!

If you would be willing to help out, let us know with your email address in the comment section here or inbox us at blog@diabeticangels.com! 

Also if you know some people, PLEASE spread the word.
She needs 120 people by next month!

Thank You!

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#bgnow 438. Now blood sugar, reeeeally? Must you do this now? I have to wake early! And by the way, thanks Mr. Bad Insulin!! Now I NEED to change my pump site, open new insulin, and wake up at 1am to re-test. Great. No Keytones though, if i look on the bright side! 

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