Equipment I use as a Type 1 Diabetes

Today I am going to be going through all the different types of equipment I have on hand that use to help look after myself as a type 1 diabetic.

Insulin: I get my insulin from pens and I am currently using reusable pens which means, I just need to change out my cartridges instead of the whole pen when the insulin runs out.

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Needles: Needles go along with having insulin pens. They are a disposable piece of equipment that you are advised to change before each injection.

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Now to test my blood sugar I need several different pieces of equipment, such as my glucose metre.

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To enable my glucose metre to work, you need test strips that are inserted into the bottom of the glucose metre.

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The blood that is used for my glucose metre is taken from one of my fingertips with a lancing device.

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Which essentially propels the lancet inside (another disposable item) picking my finger tip allowing a small amount to be drawn out and used.

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A sharps bin is used to safely dispose of my medical items, as there a design feature that ensures that once an item has been placed in the bin it can not be retrieved again.

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And the last item I have is something that I thankfully don’t use very often are ketone test strips that are used if my blood sugar ever gets over around 12- 14 to test to see if I have any ketones in my body.

This is a link if you wish to learn more about ketones: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Complications/Diabetic_Ketoacidosis/

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Thank you very much for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed it. like usual  I have a video linked below if you wish to watch a video talking about the same topic.

That’s all from me for now – Kathryn 🙂

 

 

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