What Does ‘Self-Care’ Mean in the Context of Diabetes?

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jul 9, 2018 1:43:34 PM

The term ‘self-care’ has become a somewhat of a buzzword these days. There are plenty of articles, memes, and graphics describing simple steps you can take for yourself to find a break from your hectic daily schedule—take a bubble bath, enjoy a piece of chocolate, create a daily gratitude journal. All of those things are nice, and potentially helpful, but they talk about self-care in terms that don’t take into account the reality of living with a chronic illness.

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Tags: diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, life with diabetes, diabetes community, children with diabetes, type1 diabetes, mindfulness

Cash Infusion: Saving Money on insulin pump infusion sets.

Posted by Kelly Evans, Type 1 '72, Pumper '15 on Jun 28, 2018 1:19:45 PM

Everyone likes to save money. As diabetics, it’s even more important, as we have all the extra ‘stuff’ to purchase. Lancets, pen needles, insulin, alcohol swabs, pump supplies, more than the average person. And I know my diabetic friends, all of whom have been conquering the disease daily for 25 years or more, have little tips and short cuts.

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How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Diabetes Care Team

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jun 12, 2018 2:16:29 PM

Before experiencing life with a chronic illness you likely had less interaction with the healthcare system. You probably only saw a doctor for an occasional check-up or to get a prescription for an acute illness, like antibiotics for a bacterial infection. However, when you or someone you care for was diagnosed with diabetes, your relationship with the healthcare system likely changed quite suddenly and quite drastically; you went from seeing a physician as an occasional acquaintance to managing several long-term relationships throughout a whole healthcare team.

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Tags: insulin, diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, life with diabetes, being your own wellness advocate, diabetes care team

Diabetes is easier when shared

Posted by Barb Wagstaff, Son T1 '00, pumper '03 on Apr 20, 2018 12:55:51 PM

Everyone here at insulinpumps.ca has a personal connection to diabetes.  We understand the importance of having people who "get it" in your life. It helps to be able to talk to other people who understand what life with diabetes is really like. It can make diabetes feel lighter.  That's why we are partnering with Virtue BajurnyBSW, MSW, RSW to provide you with ongoing support! 

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care

Diabetes and Anxiety: You're Not Alone

Posted by Emily Dentinger,Type 1 '98, Pumper '08, CGM '15 on Mar 26, 2018 8:34:31 AM

Diabetes is not an easy disease to deal with.  Most Diabetics look calm, cool, and collected on the outside, but on the inside, there can be constant worry about going too high or too low, and all the factors that can negatively affect this.  It isn't hard to figure out how all of this can lead to anxiety.   After all, we are picking up the slack of an internal organ!  We are our pancreas!  That isn't a small feat.  However since we are human as well, we aren't by any means perfect.  Things won't always go the way we want.  Anxiety can feel like it is taking over your life, however there is a way to get back to yourself.  Here are 4 things to remember if your Diabetes is causing you anxiety.

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout

How to secure your infusion set without resorting to Crazy Glue!

Posted by Melany Hellstern on Feb 22, 2018 9:41:54 AM

No one likes it when the tape on their infusion site begins to peel up long before it's time for a site change.  

Here is a great, economical tip to save your site and your wallet.  Grab a piece of Smith & Nephew's IV3000 (product code #4007) a pair of scissors and see how you can rescue your site.

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Tags: infusion sets, insulin pump, infusion set tips, diabetes tips, infusion set savings, cost savings

Safety loop to the "prevent  infusion set site rip out" rescue!

Posted by Melany Hellstern on Jan 26, 2018 1:37:18 PM

Are you tired of having to give doors a wide berth? 

Are you wary of of everyday objects that have their eye on your tubing?

Maybe it's time to try a safety loop!

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