There is nothing more frustrating than when you’re running out the door and you can’t find something—keys, phone, CGM (continuous glucose monitor), blood sugar meter, etc. It happens to us more often than I want to admit. Even when we aren’t running out the door (say, just trying to find the remote control), we spend more time than we’d like on unplanned treasure hunts around the house. I’ve even resorted to offering bounties for certain items I can’t seem to find (much to my kids’ delight). My husband is always teasing me about losing things, and I think Kaitlyn has inherited my scatterbrained tendencies as well.
So I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when my husband presented me with a gift—a little device that you can attach to an item that helps you find it. You just set up an app on your phone that is linked to the device and through Bluetooth®, it locates the device, which then plays a tune so you can find it—in the couch cushions, underneath a seat in the minivan, at the bottom of a purse, or wherever. It works the other way too. You can use the device to help find your phone!
I have to admit, at first I was a little bit annoyed that my dear hubby thought I would need such a gift, but it has been awesome! We have four of the devices now—one on my car keys, one on Kaitlyn’s CGM, and one on her main blood glucose meter, and I even strapped one onto our TV remote. Whenever I can’t find one of these items, I just click “find” on the app, and I follow the music to wherever it leads me. (So far, most recoveries have occurred at or under the sofa!)
I’m happy to say that these little gadgets have worked wonderfully well. We haven’t lost track of Kaitlyn’s meter and CGM since we started using them. Now if we can just figure out a way for Kaitlyn to remember to put her pump back on after her shower, we’ll be all set!
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.
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