A great way to streamline and manage prescriptions is through the Amcal app. It sends me notifications when scripts might be out of date, and helps me to more easily top up or replenish my medication when I need it.

Amcal also offers home delivery of medication through the Amcal app, which has helped recently when running errands is a bit more challenging!

For parents and carers, the Amcal app has Carers mode - which is designed to help those looking after others to more easily manage medications in one place.

My most important tip when it comes to managing diabetes is to keep in mind that we are all learning every day.

Whether I’m at home, or on the road, each day I learn something new about managing my diabetes and medication.

It can feel lonely at times living with diabetes, and it’s really important to remember that there is support all around us - whether it’s a chat with family or friends or seeking advice from your local pharmacist, building my own diabetes support network has really helped me.

During racing season, setting reminders on my phone with when to take my medications, and when to eat is really important - it’s so easy to get side-tracked and lose track of time.

For example, race day preparation for me consists of the following:

  • The night before, I check the schedule for the following day to work out when I’m on track, and when we are required for media/promotional activities, team debriefs and meetings, autograph sessions etc.
  • Knowing what I’ve got to do and where I need to be plays a vital role in managing my diabetes.
  • Qualifying Sessions or Races might be scheduled during times when I would normally eat lunch, or be in the gym training, so I work out times I’m in the race car and work back from there to schedule meal times.
  • I never jump in the car inside two (2) hours of having a proper meal/insulin injection
  • 2-2.5 hours gives me time to ensure the short acting insulin has done its thing and then I can hop in the race car without any question marks over where my diabetes is at. Driving the race car at speed requires 110% concentration.
  • After the race, your body is still burning energy, the adrenalin is still high and even stress plays around with the diabetes. It’s important to re-fuel afterwards, and again set alarms to remind you to keep checking your diabetes.

Here’s what a race day schedule might look like for me:

  • Qualifying is 10am, race is 2pm:
    • 7:30am: Eat breakfast and be done and dusted by 7:30am at the latest.

      Eating away from home could involve different bread/toast, different milk or cereal etc., so sometimes calculations and carbohydrate counting is incorrect.

      > Set an alarm for 90 mins later to check how my diabetes is tracking after breakfast.

    • 9:00 - 9:30am: Eat a snack if the body requires some more carbs to bring the blood glucose level (BGL) up to a safe level to drive the race car.

      > Set an alarm for 12pm to eat lunch
    • 12:00pm: Lunch needs to happen by midday at the latest for a 2pm race.

      Alternatively, I could snack on something Low GI and commit to a bigger lunch after the race, but if the race is 2-3 hours in length, you need to keep energy up and don’t want levels to drop.

      > Set an alarm for 45 mins before the race to do a 3 x final BGL checks at 15 minute intervals, to see where it’s heading and make sure it’s safe to drive.

    • 1:15pm: BGL check, I use a Continuous Glucose Monitor which allows me to check my BGL in real time either on my phone or through a device that sits in my race car
    • 1:30pm: BGL check
    • 1:45pm: Final BGL and jump in the race car!

Alarms and reminders on my phone help me to keep on track with my diabetes management on and off the track!