Thursday, July 28, 2016

Decorating Diabetes

Some may agree, and some may not, but I find having cute supplies makes using them so much more pleasant. I only recently discovered this, so I figured I'd share some of my favorite ways to "decorate diabetes".

Myabetic Cases

I've been using my pink Banting wallet from Myabetic for about a month now, and I could not love it more. It is definitely bigger than a usual meter case, which isn't a problem for me as I have a big purse. So let's talk about it's features. It has a little black zipper pouch that you can put your used test strips in. The best part? It velcros on so you can just remove it to empty it. Such a clever invention! It has a netted pocket which can be used for lancets, alcohol swabs, or any other things you usually carry in your meter case. I personally use it for little pieces of paper towel to wipe my finger on. On the other side is a pouch to put your meter in. It'll fit any meter, which is great. My Contour Next USB fits with a lot of extra space. It also has a bunch of little elastic slots for your poker, or insulin pens if you use them.

Pump Peelz

Pump Peelz are essentially stickers to stick on your meters, pumps, Dexcoms and PDMs. I have to say that when you discover pump peelz, there's really no going back. You're probably never going to want to see your meter or your pump naked again. They have some great patterns and designs on the website, but there's also an option to customize your own peel with whatever image you want. Keep in mind some images will work better than others. If you use a photo of someone's face, most of it will be cut out from the template. I have to say that I am so impressed when how well these things stick. My mom keeps the same peel on her Dexcom for a month before changing it, and she showers every morning with it. Even when it comes time to change it, the corners are all still stuck down with no problems at all. It is also run by a truly lovely couple, Scott and Emily, who I had the pleasure of meeting at Friends for Life.

This is the Ice Cream peel, which is a pre-made design from Pump Peelz. This one has been great for summer.

This is a custom peel I made during the spring. I love floral and I love the colors in this image I found on google.


Lastly, I recently started decorating my test strip bottles with Washi tape. It's so much fun. I love the one I used on my new bottle today. You can buy Washi tape at Michaels, which is where I bought mine, or for even cheaper on eBay.

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