So I’m kind of a documentation freak. I always, always transform information into a visual format when I am struggling to understand it, when I am trying to structure and assert control over it, and when I am trying to explain it to others. From lists for the need-to-dos and groceries, to the notes I write prepping for and then processing doctor’s appointments, to the checklist for how to operate our generator when the hubby is not home, to the entries on this blog, I am constantly forming my visuals.
When Madeline was diagnosed with T1D and I was inundated with information, I set about making a variety of visuals to help me and everyone else who would be taking care of her. At first, I made binders for her caregivers full of if-then documents that could be consulted when trying to tackle diabetes management. You should have seen the paperwork I generated when I sat down with her school team to develop her first 504 plan! Eventually, I graduated to flow charts: a beautiful marriage of needed information with a simplified format. Here’s what I was (and am) trying to accomplish: should something happen to me, or should I not be able to be reached when needed, a caregiver could pick up these documents and have a decent clue about how to manage diabetes. They don’t supersede the value of experience, but they provide a roadmap. Every summer, I review them and update them to reflect the most current strategies we are using to assist Madeline.
If these documents help me, maybe they will help you too. I thought I would share a few, and I hope someone finds them to be a helpful resource. Feel free to download the files and make them your own.
Flowchart explaining procedures for handling hypoglycemia: hypoglycemia flow chart July 2012
Flowchart explaining procedures for handling hyperglycemia: hyperglycemia flow chart July 2012
List for changing an infusion set: Infusion Set and Cartridge Change
Flowchart for handling sick days: sick day flowchart
Flowchart for carb bolusing: carb bolusing flowchart August 2012
Flowchart for correction bolusing: correction bolusing flow chart August 2012
Flowchart for testing BG: testing BG flowchart July 2012
Flowchart for calculating bolus “by hand”: calculating insulin by hand flowchart August 2012
Flowchart for administering insulin using an insulin pen: administering insulin pen flowchart August 2012
The daily log we use between home, childcare and school: daily log