Tech Tips, Tricks and Tales

December 4, 2023

A compilation of anonymous advice, experiences, and confessions from other young adults with diabetes all about diabetes technology. We’ll let them speak for themselves:

My pump and my CGM have changed my diabetes management for the best! I feel way less stressed about how to live my daily life. I can go about my day and have my pump and CGM working together to give me the best possible results. A1c had improved overall.

Put “prone to beeping” on any dating profiles/Instagram bios/etc as a conversation starter.

I have to keep my t:slim on the same side of my body as my [CGM] sensor or it doesn’t get a signal. I also need Skintac under my dexcom and overtape on top. So many little things for all the pieces to work.

THE CONTROL-IQ HIGH ALARM IS 👏SO 👏 ANNOYING 👏. I love Control-IQ but please. It’s so annoying sometimes.

Compression lows! While I hate having to prick at night, I always do so when I get a low alert sleeping. Saves me from having to get up and have a snack AND brush my teeth again if i’m not actually low.

[Technology] makes life a bit easier. If you don’t want the alarms on then don’t have them on, CGMs won’t always be the most accurate especially on the first day in my experience. Trick for Dexcom G6 is to apply it before you change it. I like to apply the sensor at least 6 hours before my previous one expires and then when it does I’ll switch over [the transmitter] and start the warm up process, it helps it be more accurate in the beginning.

Take the time to tinker and try different ways of using [your devices], different spots on your body, different accessories, whatever it takes to really make stuff work well for you. The DOC (diabetes online community) has a lot of tips and tricks that the user manual and tech support won’t tell you but can make a big difference. That’s how I started doing arm dexcom sites years ago and it totally changed things for the better.

If you can swing it, get an Apple Watch and add the Dexcom reading to the bottom of the home face.

As I just turned 26, I feel the most challenging thing is getting access to affordable medical equipment and diabetes medications. There are so many things to get… pods, PDM, sensors, transmitters, inulin, glucagon, test strips, meters, and the list can go on. I wish we could have an affordable one stop shop. That works with all insurances. With an easy flowing process. And more information provided from doctors, insurance, and pharmacy.

Some diabetes tech can go through airport security (TSA) scanners, while others cannot. I know that the Dexcom, Pods, and t:slim can all go through metal detectors, so I decided to sign up for TSA precheck because they always send you through a metal detector! It’s one less thing to worry about when traveling with my tech.

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