First on the list is Cara's Meter and Test Strips: The OneTouch Ultra2. Really they are the only meter and test strips that we have used since Cara's diagnoses and I would love to know if anyone would recommend anything different? I really do not have any complaints with this meter. We do error sometimes but very rarely and the meter itself is very simple to use. With the OneTouch Ultra strips I use less blood then I did when we used the old OneTouch strips.
Second on the list is Cara's Lancet: The OneTouch Delica is the best lancet device that we have used HERE is a post I wrote explaining why this is a wonderful finger saving device. After reading this post Reyna from Beta Buddies made the switch and she loves it two HERE is her post.
Third on the list, I guess it should have been first because of it's importance, is Cara's Insulin and the devise we use to administer it. Cara is on Novorapid as her fast acting insulin and Lantus as her long acting insulin. For both insulin's we use a pen to administer. Now I do find that the pens drip most times after the injection is given usually only a drop and I do feel uneasy about this however I do love the dial up action on the ends of each pen. The Novorapid pen can be dialed up in .5 increments where the Lantus pen can only be dialed up in 1 unit increments at a time.
And of course if we are using insulin pens to administer insulin you must have a needle on the end of it. We LOVE the BD Ultra-Fine Pen Needles, they are super thin only a 32 G and I think they are quite a bit shorter then most other pen needles at 4mm. I would recommended these in a heart beat for anyone using pens!! Anything to make living with type 1 diabetes less painful makes our fav list.
Fifth on our list is Dex4 glucose gel. Cara has no problem opening her mouth for this sugary gel, she just eats it up or I should say sucks it down (is that gross?) I really like it because in the case that she does not want to open up you can just squeeze it in there without worrying she is going to choke. We have these little baby's stashed all over the place in the case of a low, each tube is 17 carbs . They came in all different flavors and are the perfect little size. LOVE THEM!!
# 6 on the list are Glucerna Shakes and Bars: These are wonderful for those days that Cara just does not want to eat a meal. We used these a lot when we first got home from the hospital and Cara was still not feeling that well. They work wonders with her blood sugar and are loaded with all the right vitamins and minerals that you want in a meal replacement. Oh and they taste pretty good too! HERE is a post I wrote explaining why we love them sooo.
This is one of Cara's Fav, her Medical ID Bracelet. At first she was not to happy about this thing and she did not wear it for sometime, however she has grown to love it. Some day I would love to get her a really cute one but this one was free and you can't go wrong with free!! HERE is a post about here Id Bracelet.
Nomber sept (number 7) The Salter Food Scale. We won this Salter Scale at our JDRF walk this year, actually my mother in law won it and we love, love, love it...once you figure it out, which I still have some trouble with :) but I'm learning all the great features this scale has to offer.
Sugar Free Kool-Aid and Crystal Light share number 8 on this list. Cara very rarely drinks 100% fruit juice because of all the carbs in juice, we usually only use it for lows. So Cara has her very own juice container always filled with sugar free Kool-Aid or Crystal light.
and of course our list is not complete if I did not mention our little froggy head to keep our D supplies in. This little guy goes to and from school holding everything that Cara needs for the day. It's a perfect size not to big and not to small... just right!
|The frog head sitting right next to Cara|
Last but definitely not least MY Fav D supply is the D OC with out all the great information, support and love that you all give me I truly would be lost. If you like to check out some of the wonderful people and their amazing blogs have a look over at Life is Like a Box of Chocolates! where Misty hosted the blogger basal for the month of November.
What are some of your Fav D supplies??