James and I have been at this type 1 diabetes thing for years now. While we still hope and pray every day for a cure, we have seen tons of improvement in the treatment and management of diabetes in a lot of different areas. I’d say we’ve ESPECIALLY seen improvement in technology. Meters are better, pumps are better, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is really getting to be awesome, and everything from analyzing data to accessing carb-counting information is just way more streamlined and easier to use than it was just a few years ago when James was first diagnosed. Many of the projects I’m most excited about relate to technology. It is totally where things are happening right now.
But there is a funny little side effect to all this technological marvelousness. Cords. Anyone else notice that everything needs to be charged these days? Gone are the days of watch batteries for meters. Even AAA batteries are starting to be passé. Right now it’s all about rechargeables. I like certain aspects of this. I like that I have fewer supplies that I have to worry about buying. Because all the little things about diabetes that need to be purchased and bought and organized and called in and picked up from the pharmacy—well, that can be a pretty big headache. So in some respects, I like that my devices can now be charged, saving me yet one more trip to the store for batteries. I think not needing new batteries probably keeps costs down as well. I certainly haven’t noticed a huge uptick in my electricity bill since I started plugging in James’ meter once every couple of weeks!
However, my countertops and computer desks do look like spaghetti. I counted SEVEN different cords needed to keep his diabetes devices in good working order. It’s pretty bad, and it’s just another way that diabetes complicates our lives.
That means that this weekend our family is on a mission—a quest to find a special spot in this little 1970s house that wasn’t built with the technology needs of the 2010s in mind. And then of course, we’ll turn that perfect spot into an organized center for diabetes devices.
I’ve spent my days this week pulling together images of “charging stations” from various blogs. The nice thing about it is that whether the cord is charging a phone or a glucometer, the look and energy needs are about the same. So although none of my inspiration images are diabetes-related, they’ll still totally help. I’m going to compile all my supplies and do a little shopping. I plan to include some way to keep the cords neat and orderly and also to clearly label which device belongs with which cord. When I’m done, I’ll be sure to share!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.