This travel cooler case is TSA approved. The stainless steel design means that your insulin is better protected while you are traveling.
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Silicone Insulin vial protector. Don't take a chance of your bottle of insulin being destroyed by drops, bumps, or inadvertent jostling. This silicone sleeve protects your medication, and it has over 170 4 star or higher ratings in the Amazon store.
Compression knee highs. These have the copper thread woven in. Compression socks and stockings are wonderful when traveling to reduce the risk of blood clots.
Here are more compression socks, but these are for wide calves.
If you have diabetes, I strongly suggest putting an Air Tag on you bag that contains your medication in addition to your checked luggage.
This small but mighty collapsible travel stool can accommodate 550 pounds. It stands only 17 inches high, but for long lines, like at the airport, this is a lifesaver. A carry strap comes with it. You can purchase a clip and snap it onto your carryon. Absolutely a clever invention.
Ketone Strips are a useful tool for diabetics, they give you a range of where your blood sugar is at. Although they are not as accurate as a finger prick, sometimes, it is easier to go and use the strip. You simply urinate on the stick following the directions.
Always carry snacks when traveling. My doctor has scolded me for failing to plan self care. This is a great protein based snack. They have several flavors, a box of 12 will set you back less than 20.00. How much would 2 of these cost at the airport? Better to tuck a box in your suitcase, setting aside a couple for your carryon.
Let everyone know that you are diabetic when traveling by throwing on a couple of these silicone bracelets. These could literally be the difference between life and death if someone is unconscious. All 5 are included in the purchase.
I was visiting a friend's mother when she started suffering the signs of low blood sugar. Orange juice was given, but it did not seem to do the trick. With all her energy, she looked at me and asked me to bring her the bottle of glucose tablets. In moments, she was fine, save for a little sweat. I keep these in my purse at all times. If you have hypoglycemia or diabetes, you should as well. Reasonably priced for 3 bottles.
This wedge inflates and deflates, so you can tuck it into a corner of your suitcase. Elevate your feet for swelling or your head to breathe easier, or-get 2 and do both. Works well. Try it out at home before you go.
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I have a friend who does diabetic foot care. She and I were visiting and I learned a few things.
Did you know that if you are getting manicures and pedicures that you should let the person doing the service for you know that you have diabetes.
When I asked her why, she said that a good licensed professional will give extra attention to your hands and feet. They will check for skin condition, nail condition, cuticle condition. They will take extra care when they are cutting nails and cuticles. They will look for damaged skin before they file dead skin off, and they may do it in a different way.
Finally, the thing that I found the most interesting is that a person with diabetes may not be offered certain manicure and pedicure services because of diabetic health reasons.
I asked if there were any tips that she could offer for my readers. Here they are:
I wear steel toe boots. I ordered them really carefully by reading the reviews online and the sizing guide. Everything said that these boots were an exact fit, no need to go up or down a size.
I work in a warehouse and the floors are poured and polished cement. The first days I was at the new job, I noticed that at the midpoint of my shift, my toes were really aching and when I got home, they were sort of numb. I had done everything I could to make my feet as comfortable as possible. Orthotic inserts, a pair of thin compression socks topped by a pair of thicker socks to prevent rubbing and chafing, and a couple of gel wraps for my little toes so that they did not rub along the side of the leather boot.
Remember what I said? The boots were right on size. I was basically wrapping them like mummies to provide comfort and cushioning. So, I was cramming a bunch of stuffing and feet into a boot. If I was going to do this, I should have ordered a size up, and gone to a wide boot as well.
I noticed the small little blister when I was washing my feet. Since being diagnosed, I make it a point to go over my feet really carefully at least one time a week. I look for injuries, blisters, nail and cuticle health, and make sure that each toe is in good condition as well as clean each foot carefully during this little health inspection. I had never found anything suspect, but I kept up with it.
The blister was on my left foot's second toe. It didn't hurt. It was pretty small, and comparing it to where my composite in my "steel toe" boots hit, it seemed that the blister was at the edge between the regular boot and the toe guard portion. I marked it on my "diabetes calendar" so that I could accurately follow the progress of the blister.
I then thought about all of the stuff that I was jamming into those doggone boots and decided to remove everything, including the orthotics and just wear a pair of diabetic socks until I could get a larger pair of boots ordered.
The next day, my toes did not began being numb at the middle of my shift. Coming home, I took my boots off and looked at the toe with the blister on it. I had taken a photo the day before. I took another and looked at it. My blister was actually looking deflated and less angry. I monitored this blister carefully for the next few days. By day five, there was no blister, the skin was just ever so slightly more wrinkled than the other toes at the place where the blister had been.
I did not apply anything that would soften the skin, such as ointments or lotions. I wanted to have the blister dry out and be absorbed, not apply a humectant to draw or trap moisture at the site.
By day seven, all traces of the blister were gone. Since that point, I carry moleskin, the felt like protective fabric with a gentle adhesive backing in the trunk of my car with a small pair of safety scissors so that I can protect any tender skin areas on my feet and rest of my body.
I feel that by doing these frequent inspections of my feet, I avoided what could have been a significant issue. I do not have neuropathy, so the issue was not one of not feeling the injury. Instead, by monitoring my skin closely, I was able to catch something happening at early onset.
Hi, my name is Dixie
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