FridayFind: Quick Sticks

Okay, so it’s 3am, you’re sweaty, disoriented, and limp as a wash-rag. You’re low. So, you grab the bottle of nasty chalky tablets and a bottle of water that sits beside your bed and hope that you don’t choke on the tablets. You muster up the energy to chew the nasty little things and follow them down with a gulp of water.

Doesn’t sound too good, right?

What if I told you about a handy little glucose stick that’s sort of like those awesome pixi-stix from your childhood?

That’s right. Quick Sticks. They. Are. Awesome.

I received a package a week or so ago that had two Quick Sticks inside – one in each flavor (watermelon and sour apple). My first thoughts were that the packaging is all cute, but what about this claim that they are “water-free”, meaning you don’t have to mix them into water and you shouldn’t need to drink water with them and you can just pour the powdery substance in to your mouth and go. I worried about this… a lot. I mean, with the old pixi-stix, I would choke on each one I ever tried to eat because they were powdery and dusty. So I waited on a low to be able to test them out. Wednesday, with water in-hand (well, close enough…) and a rapidly falling blood sugar, I ripped open the Sour Apple flavored Quick Sticks package and went for it. Amazingly, I didn’t need the water. I don’t know how they did it, but this powdered glucose actually seems to melt – sort of like snowflakes, but not as cold, in your mouth. I was sold on the water-less aspect of it.

My next concern was that they only contain 10g of glucose each. Most fast-acting pre-packaged low treatments come in 15g containers (to adhere to the 15/15 rule maybe?). I was worried that it wouldn’t be enough and I wouldn’t come up quick enough. To my surprise, my glucose levels started to level off within about 5-10 minutes. “Just a coincidence”, I thought. Early yesterday morning, though, I got my chance to try it again. Around 4am, I woke up to the sound of my CGM alarming. I didn’t want to get up, but I knew I had to do something. I ran through a mental list of options – juice, cookies, soda, etc – that I could treat with, and then I remembered…. I had the other Quick Sticks package in my meter wallet. So, I grabbed it, ate it, and waited. Within no time, my sugar was on it’s way up from the 40-something to above 70 and on the rise. I woke up with a reading of 174 the next morning.

I’m sold. These things are awesome!!! (I said that already, didn’t I?) I have ordered two boxes  – one of each flavor. They are very portable, super tasty and easy to eat when low.

Want to know more about them for yourself? You can visit http://www.quicksticks.com/, follow them on Twitter and Facebook, or watch them on YouTube. There are a few places they are available now, but I received an email yesterday that said they will be in Wal-Mart and Walgreens locations nationwide this fall!

Don’t want to wait until they are available in your area? Well, the awesome folks at Quick Sticks have allowed me to give you a promo code ( SUGABETIC ) for 30% off that’s good for the first 50 orders that use it. Also, make sure you use ALL CAPS. And, if you’re one of the first 20, you will get an extra goodie from them as well. How awesome!?!?

{Disclosure: Quick Sticks did not ask me to write a post in exchange for their product. I did so completely on my own. My views and opinions expressed here are my 100% my own, and not influenced by the Quick Sticks company. If you have any questions, you can always contact me.}

Infusion Set IV3000 and Sure-T Infusion Set. Friday Find-2

{This is my first attempt using iMovie on my iPhone. Sorry if it seems rushed, I wasn’t quite sure how to space the pictures out for what I needed to say. Will work on that before the next FridayFind video. 🙂 As for what I left out and probably needed to include, read below. 🙂 }

For the Infusion Set IV3000 tape, I have always flip-flopped between the regular IV3000 and Tegaderm patches for my infusion sets and sensor sets. But when using them, I always used the tape first, then the set, or I would cut a hole out and place it over the set so that the connector could be used, or both. Now, Smith & Nephew have made ones specially for infusion sets that go around the connector, but still help hold the tape down. Granted, these are not *supposed* to be used with sensors, but I did with my last sensor change by using it in place of the one I would manually cut the hole out of to tape the sensor head down {click here for my Minimed Sensor tips post}, and to be honest, it works just as well. Do I want to pay the extra just to already have the hole cut out? Eeeehh.. Not so sure yet. We’ll see I guess. But I do like having it pre-cut for sites, especially if I’m having to change everything “on the run”, because if you’re like me, you don’t have an extra pair of scissors in your handbag at all times.

Now, for the Sure-T Infusion Set. After 2 weeks of constant kinked cannulas {say that 10x fast!} and not one, but two mornings of seriously high bgs and ketones, I had enough. And, like usual, I posted the pics of the bent cannulas on Instagram which then posted them to Twitter. Then, I get a reply from the biggest fan of the Sure-T – Sara… Then Jess… then Dana.

It seems as though there were a lot of Sure-T fans out there. And, hey, even if it is a needle staying in all the time, it’s gotta be better than not knowing how or why all of your sets are starting to kink and constantly worrying if your high bg is just from a partial missed (or completely missed) bolus or if  your site is not working. Of course, the two “No Delivery” alarms should have definitely been a clue. So, after the last one, I got frustrated enough to bite the bullet and call Minimed’s customer service line to see if there was something I was doing wrong to cause the kinked sites. As it turns out, carrying a baby on the same hip as your site can sometimes put a kink in things – literally and figuratively. And, puting them too high on the abdomen (which, to be honest, I only have about 3-4 inches of vertical usable space {curse my short waistedness} that doesn’t interfere with hip bone or rib bone. Not to mention, since having BabyK, I have lost about 2 2″ circle areas that can no longer be used thanks to stretch marks {which are considered scarring, and sites+scars are no-no areas}. We concluded that basically, right now, almost my entire stomach is a no-no zone, and I should stick to the “love handles” and thighs, and maybe start using a different type of set. So, they suggested both the Sure-T and the Silhouette and sent me samples of both. Of course, I started off with the Sure-T. So far, I am in LOVE. Very easy to insert, and actually less pain. Since I just had a shipment of Mios sent to me, I’ll go through those and then order the Sure-T set from now on. So, thank you, Sara. You are the bomb. {Can we still say that?} They. Are. AWESOME!

And, just as I said in the video, if you have any products that you use that make living with Diabetes easier, send me an email and if decide to get it and I like it, I’ll use it in a FridayFind post! 🙂