Tip and Tricks – #DBlogWeek Day 5

Our topic today is Tips and Tricks.Β  Let’s round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From how you organize supplies to how you manage gear on the go/vacation (beach, or skiing, or whatever). From how you keep track of prescription numbers to how you remember to get your orders refilled. How about any β€œunconventional” diabetes practices, or ways to make diabetes work for YOU (not necessarily how the doctors say to do it!). There’s always something we can learn from each other. (Remember though, please no medical advice or dangerous suggestions.)

I’ve been racking my brain trying to find some tips or tricks for you and I’ve been struggling! When I find something that works it becomes so much part of my routine that I completely forget that others may not do the same. So I have fallen back on some of last years videos, during which I shared some of my storage methods.

The first is about my blood kit, what I use for one and what I keep in it. I wont drone on about it because you can watch it here and click here to get the link to the Smiggle store where I got my bag (for some reason it’s coming up with the Australian store but you can order to NZ from it (and probably from other places too.))

The second is all about how I store my diabetes resources. Now that I am on the pump I seem to have quadrupled in resources! But don’t worry if you are not pumping as about half of the video still applies to you πŸ˜‰Β Here is the link to the video and here is the link to my original blog post which has links to where you can purchase all the resources etc πŸ˜‰

The last and final ‘tip’ I have is how to fix your Animas Vibe pump clip. The pumps come with a metal clip that slides onto the back of the pump but with everyday wear the screw that holds it all together becomes loose and often joggles out completely or makes the clip so loose it swings about. Here is my video on how to fix it yourself πŸ™‚

Hopefully one of these videos has contained something useful for you today and as always if you have any questions please comment below or you can find me on the following social medias.




And IG – MyPinkPancreas

x Hope



Whats in My Diabetes Bag?

Last week someone asked me if I would do a video showing what was in my diabetes bag.

I was so excited that someone asked me to do a specific video! It was a topic that I had never thought of doing too!

So here it is πŸ˜€

I would love to see your diabetes bags and what you keep in them too so if you’d like to show me please tag me on any of the following medias πŸ™‚

Twitter: hopieduncs

IG: @hopie_duncs

FaceBook: mypinkpancreas

Have a great day guys!


How to Insert the Contact Detach in Your Arm

I made another video! This one is about inserting sites, again but this time the site I am using is the contact detach and I am doing it on my own, literally single handedly πŸ˜›

Here is the link.

  If you watch it please let me know if you found it helpful or if you have any different methods πŸ™‚ and as always if you have any questions fire them at me, here, on the video, on twitter @hopieduncs, on instagram @hopie_duncs or on facebook at MyPinkPancreas πŸ™‚

Have a great day guys!


My First Year Pumping

I’ve done it! 365days with this little doofer. At week 12 I was seriously doubting my decision take on a pump but I am so thankful that I decided to nut it out! Looking back I do not know how … Continue reading

How to do an insulin pump site change, using the Inset 30 for an arm site.

Hey Guys! David and I made a YouTube video today about how we insert an Inset 30 site in my arm πŸ˜€ Here is the link.     It’s a little longer than your normal video because we explained each step but … Continue reading

Pump Bands

There are so many different ways to wear pumps these days! Hidden, in plain view, pockets, clips, the list goes on. Today I have decided to focus on one method: pumps bands. In New Zealand this is the most popular method of wearing a pump, especially for younger children.

I’m going to talk through four different pump bands that I have, explaining how I use them and why. This is my personal experience and may not be the experience of all who use these products. I’ll include links to each manufacturer and as always, any questions comment below 😊

First up lets talk about the Spibelt. Purely because this was the first one I tried πŸ˜› they retail at about $20NZ depending on your stockist and here is the website.

The belt is an elasticated strap that clips around you with a plastic clip and is adjustable with a plastic slider (that probably has a technical name but I haven’t a clue what it is), The pouch is expandable and made from spandex with a zip running across. Note that the spibelt is available in children’s and adult sizing so best to measure and see which one you or your kiddo fit into best before purchasing πŸ˜‰

Lets talk pro’s first: It’s light, its easily accessible, easily hidden, adjustable (great for kids or youth who are still growing!), available in many colours and patterns and is not something that stands out as hiding a medical device.

Now the con’s: its not a belt for sleeping with-the buckle and slide adjuster are painful to lie on and if you do a lot of driving you may find it irritating in your lower back, the elastic gets picky really quickly (but if you have a pair of nail scissors and patience this can be remedied), I’m not super keen on the zip as I do worry about it scratching the face of my pump with constant opening and closing, it’s not my pick for exercising with (specifically running) as it doesn’t really hold the pump close to your body so it jiggles a fair bit.

All of that being said, its easy to use, discrete and not super expensive. I do still use mine but tend to reserve it for ‘lazy days’ when I’m not doing much and wearing loose clothing (you get the picture πŸ˜› )

Second I’d like to look at ‘No Sweat Insulin Pump bands’ these are available on FaceBook through this link here and retail at $29NZ each or 4 for $100NZ.

Pro’s first again: these bands are pretty much made to measure (there is a kinda sizing chart that you can look at, measure your waist and see where you fit so your guaranteed that they will be snug), they have a PVC window so that you can see your pump and dial up whatever you need to right through the window, they are available in a great range of colours, they sit flush with your body and stay there quite snugly (my pick for exercise because of this).

Con’s: the PVC does have a tendency to crease in places (which if you are a perfectionist like me can be irritating but this may also be down to how I have been putting my pump in).

Finally there is the plain Jane pump band (I don’t have a pic of my one but I will try to sort that out tonight πŸ˜‰ The band is a plain lycra/spandex sewn in the same way as the No Sweat Insulin Pump Band minus the PVC window.

Pro’s: again these bands are made to measure, there is a broad range of colours to choose from, if you are a sewer they are really quick to put together (under an hour), because they are a plain lycra band they can be worn as a belt over a dress or top or shorts (I love this because I feel like my pump is in plain view and yet no one can see it), depending on the lycra fabric and the brightness of your pump you can actually see the screen through the pump and don’t HAVE to remove it from the pouch (it is a lot easier to see if you are in the dark than direct sunlight), it holds the pump close/flush into the body so the pump doesn’t jiggle around (good for sports), can be worn when swimming (just be aware that chlorine will break down the fabric so it may be an idea to keep a belt specifically for swimming).

Con’s: the fabric available in stores is often quite plain.

Overall my favourite pump for day to day stuff is the plain Jane, for sport I would choose the No Sweat Insulin Pump Band (except swimming, I would use the plain Jane then), for daily life I would use the plain Jane and for lazy days I would use the Spibelt.

Again these are all my own opinions and experiences and if you have any different experiences or use a different kind of pump band I’d love to hear about it so please comment below πŸ™‚ and any questions again fire away πŸ™‚

Foods On Friday – #DBlogWeek Day 5

Today is all about food…this is a bit of an iffy subject for me, in my world food is for fuel, I often don’t enjoy what I am eating and only eat it to regulate my BS (blood sugar). In saying that there are a few foods that I really do enjoy when given the chance and good BS πŸ˜‰ so we will see how this goes, I will try and explain why I have chosen what I have to eat throughout the day and I’ll tell you what I have to do in order to be able to eat it and have a reasonable BS afterward.

I thought a good way of connecting my diabetes into this post would be to show you a standard day for me on Diasend, so I have screenshoted Saturdays record and I will walk you through it all πŸ™‚ I wont explain all the information on the graphs etc because I feel it is pretty self explanatory but if you do have any questions please feel free to ask them (I do understand that looking at this from a non T1D point of view it may seem rather confusing).

Oh and I have used Saturdays information instead of Fridays as Friday got away on me and I attended a friends garden party in the evening which is not my norm and which also entailed a beautiful potluck and alcohol (neither of which is great for a PWD trying to carb count hehe but it tasted so good!) so I figured that giving you a standard day would possibly be of more use πŸ˜‰

Lets get into it then πŸ™‚ carbs that I consumed are in the lower table just above but I will tease them out and give explanations of what I ate and why etc etc.

08:46 – Breakfast – 24g = porridge. I try to always have porridge for breakfast, I find it is a good slow release and doesn’t contain any added sugars or sweeteners. I also have the problem of feeling sick in the mornings and not wanting to eat anything at all but having diabetes doesn’t let me act on that feeling, when I do have breakfast I often have very distorted taste and I figure porridge is bland so it’s not as upsetting to my taste buds hehe. This feeling is always exasperated when I wake up with a high BS (I don’t know if any other PWD have this or if it is just one of my irritating qwirks?)

12:53 – Lunch – 30g = cheese toastie. Now I realize that not everyone reading this will be from New Zealand and we have very different terminology from the USA so I shall expand on what a cheese toastie is. You take two pieces of bread and butter them on both sides (this will make sense in a sec), next you place cheese and pineapple inside like a sandwich. Finally you place all of this in a toastie maker (I think this is also called a sandwich press?) What you end up with is toasted bread with melted cheese in the middle that is about 90 Degrees Celsius and burns you as you bite into but you are caught in a trap because as you pull away you realize the cheese has stuck to your mouth and is now stringy and looping everywhere. It is hilarious to watch people eat and tastes really good!

16:40 – Afternoon Tea – 21g = Cheese roll. Another New Zealand phenomenon hehe, this time you do the same thing but instead of pineapple you put chives and spring onion and you roll the bread into a roll before toasting (so good!)

17:36 – I was hungry – 27g = lammington (sponge with icing and coconut). Basically I hid two of these in my room so my younger brother wouldn’t eat the whole packet and I would actually get one, anyway, it was staring at me and I was hungry so it made sense.

18:09 – Curiosity – 16g = sour jelly beans. I found these fancy jelly beans I was given for Christmas and felt the need to try them then and there without having to wait for a hypo πŸ˜›

19:46 – Dinner – 30g = grilled chicken and steamed veges. It’s fair to say I was not overly hungry at this point but needs must πŸ˜›

20:03 – Lack of Self Control – the jelly beans were calling…

22:19 – Too Much IOB (insulin on board) – 10g = jelly beans. I tested and was perfect but I had over 1unit on board which was enough to send me into a hypo, it was logical to eat enough to cancel that out.

22:28 – Where is my brain?! – 21g = another lammington! At this point I must confess something, I was skyping my boyfriend and so was completely preoccupied when I was eating the jelly beans 10mins ago, I bolused for them, when the entire point of eating them was to cancel out my IOB! (Men! They just mess with your sugars!) So as a second cancellation of IOB I had my last lammington.

Whenever I had any of these things too eat I have to calculate the carbs that I am consuming I do this one of three ways: I weigh my food and enter it into Calorie King, here is the link if you want to have a look (I think it’s fantastic); or if it is something I eat regularly such as an apple I know the carbs and can just enter them from memory; or for things that come in servings I will weigh out a serving portion and use the information provided on the packet πŸ™‚ after I find out the carbs I enter the total into my pump and a calculation is run based on my I:C ratio (insulin carb ratio, how many units of insulin I need per gram of carb) and that insulin is given to me.

When I am at college I will make myself a packed lunch and when I was learning to carb count (and if I have anything new in my lunch box) I will write the carb total onto the gladwrap of the food item. It looks a bit daft but I find it very helpful when I am on the go or trying to concentrate on other things and busy.

The main thing i would like you to take away from this post is that PWD can eat anything that they want, we aren’t allergic to sugar and we wont die if we eat it as long as we have the appropriate insulin to cover it. I don’t normally eat so many sweets but every now and again it doesn’t hurt πŸ˜› Β Some people do this via carb counting others have other methods. For me I HAVE to have three main meals a day and if I do not have a small snack mid morning and afternoon I will go low (as I did at lunch today because I didn’t have morning tea). Everyone has certain things that they have to do every day to keep themselves healthy, mentally and physically, everyone’s list is different and mine includes having to eat at certain times and calculate what I have eaten. It feels really overwhelming at first but as you do it, it becomes second nature and a lot easier.

If you have any questions about carb counting or how I do things or need clarification on anything please feel free to ask. I’m not a Dr so cannot give you any advice or direction that regard but I have learnt some tips along the way that make things easier πŸ™‚