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Wanna Go Green? Nah..How About Diabetic?!?!

Today boys and girls we will explore how to "go green" and how to "go diabetic." It might be fun. All green energy tips from here. All Diabetic tips from...ummm....this place....

1) Green: Save Energy.
Diabetic: Save Energy to prevent low blood sugar. This in turn will save money (less consumption of glucose tabs) and save your boyfriend energy (by not having to push copious amounts of sugar in your pie hole).....mmm..pie...

2) Green: Save Water.
Diabetic: Save Insulin. You know, eat less carbs, save some insulin. Consequently save money and trips to the pharmacy...or as I like to call it...[music] "Where Everybody Knows Your Naammee."

3) Green: Use Less Gas.
Diabetic: Eat more effective carbs. Personally, this means staying away from my favorite Ben and Jerry's ice cream, and opting for some fresh fruit!

4) Green: Eat Smart.
Diabetic: Ummm....agreed...Eat Smart.

5) Green: Skip the Bottled Water.
Diabetic: Skip the bottled beer. Seriously, it fakes you out, like .."Oh, my blood sugar is not raising dramatically"...then it snaps, "Holy crap I have to pee...and my blood sugar is 300..crap"...and then it wakes you up in the middle of the night (in a southern accent, my middle-of-the-night-accent-of-choice), "Well, sugar, my number is 54..."

6) Green: Think Before You Buy.
Diabetic: Think Before Your Exercise. It's true. As in, think waaayyy ahead and plan for some exercise later in the day by decreasing basal rates in anticipation. Then continuing thinking while exercising, as well as after for those sneak attack lows. Dangit, I hate those ones.

7) Green: Borrow Instead of Buying.
Diabetic: Take Others' Left Over Supplies (if offered). I am totally a sucker for this one. Thanks Theresa for those extra pump reservoirs and quick sets!!

8) Green: Buy Smart.
Diabetic: Be Smart. That's right. Get out those TI-89s, cause we're gunna need 'um boys! Calculate, calculate, eat, calculate, count, calculate, sleep, calculate...etc....

9) Green: Keep Electronics Out of the Trash.
Diabetic: Keep Insulin Pump Out of the Trash/Toilet/Lake/Blender/Bird Bath/Shower/etc.

10) Green: Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies.
Diabetic: Keep Insulin-Odor-Blockers handy. Seriously, that stuff smells horrible.

Comments

  1. I've implemented the "Borrowing instead of Buying" tip. One of Trey's coworkers switched from the Minimed to the Omnipod, so he gave me all of his MM infusion sets. However, his tubing was the 4' not the 2', so I'm using his sets to try putting my site on my arm. It's working out great because I can still put my pump in my pocket with the tube going up my back. =)

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  2. I have tons of old reservoirs, just sitting in my spare bedroom.

    I try not to look at them because they make me feel guilty.

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  3. I was really hoping for number 10 you would say, "make your own pump, or test strips or something..."

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