By Flustrated Latest Reply 2011-04-17 15:16:19 -0500
Started 2011-04-15 14:16:28 -0500

Help! We all have some kind of appointments or errands to keep, my question is how do you handle being away and trying to keep glucose in range. An example you eat breakfast at 7am and have an 11am appointment, this is so close to lunch. You might have to sit and wait, so you might not get in until later. Do you test your blood and keep alot of snacks to eat in the office? Do you go in the bathroom to check your blood? Do you tell the hey I'm diabetic and your goofing me up? See I need input.

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glee9349 2011-04-17 15:16:19 -0500 Report

I have on average 12-15 app a month. I take my meter kit with me and keep track no matter where your at and if its lunch time or something like that if your affraid of eating not to good on the road you can pack a lunch like i do and always have a snack in you BS kit i keep a small pack of pb crackers with me at all time and i have glucose pills in case of emergancy so you can still do what your suppose to even with all the appointments. Just remember your health and well being comes first over anything. Good luck to you.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-04-17 09:26:07 -0500 Report

When I have to go out I plan ahead and pack my purse for any emergencies I can see might come up. I'll sit down the night before and go through my purse to see what I have left over from last time I needed an emergency snack and check expiration dates on my stash. If I'm running low or something is old I'll add new stuff.

I always keep a couple fiber bars and protein bars, glucose tabs, diabetic safe candies in case I'm somewhere that having a drink would be awkward or frowned upon, water, my meter and a few doses of my meds on hand, just in case. I rarely have lows or emergencies but I'm prepared just in case. I also keep extra water bottles and snacks in the car, we live in the country and you never know when you might get stuck somewhere for a long time and need those supplies.

I've never had to test in public before but if I felt the need I would have no problem whipping out my meter and snacks right there and taking care of myself. People may say something but I'm confident that once they know I'm diabetic they won't give me trouble for it. I'm fairly certain than unless you make a big ordeal out of it most people are too wrapped up in their own business to even notice.

I also tend to always be with someone when I'm out, not because I need someone or even plan to have them with me, I just always seem to end up with someone coming with me, all of those people know I'm diabetic and know what to look for if I mention I'm feeling bad or if I start to act weird. I've sown several people I normally spend time with how to use my meter, where to find my emergency supplies and told them what to do if it gets really bad, again just precautions in case something happens.

I may over prepare most of the time but it's safer than being under prepared and thankfully I've never really needed most of my precautions.

garysgal 2011-04-16 21:19:30 -0500 Report

I carry a snack as well. I also test if I feel that I need to. Sometimes I test in public and I have never had anyone say anthing. I think that Diabetes is so common that most people don't even notice. I also live in a small town, so maybe it's different in the larger ones. I also carry a bottle of water to keep hydrated.

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-04-15 20:33:36 -0500 Report

Well, I always keep snacks in my purse and I also keep the gluclose tablets in my purse as well as water. Sometimes I just pack a lunch when I know I will be out for a time. I remember I had a lab test, my BS was 80 which is low for me, I could not drive well so I took a half of my gluclose tablet and lo and behold it went up more than I wanted it to, all the time I am checking my BS with my meter. When the doctor review my tests with me, I simply told him what had happened. Now I go very, very early for my labs so that I do not have to wait sooo very long and all is working out fine. I will take my BS no matter where I am, if they let mothers breast feed their babies in public then I certainly can test my BS in public—No one will deprieve me of my health care but me… Good luck

Harlen 2011-04-15 18:55:30 -0500 Report

I test when I need too no matter where I am
If its time to eat and I can not do to somone running late I do test and keep a snak onhand.
If they make me wate to long I will go up and sey somethung to them
I have even had them order food for me and they payed for it lol lol
Try to keep your snaks to high fiber snaks it helps a lot
Best wishes

rentintin 2011-04-15 18:55:07 -0500 Report

I pack an easy to eat lunch with my insulin. I eat when I need to and take my shot in the rest room, Ive never had a problem. Keeps me going all day. On long outing (gone from early in the morning until evening) I pack extra for a snack when I need it . I always carry a meter with me so I can check my numbers when I feel the need. I usually check at least 3-4 times a day sometimes more .I have extra insulin on the long days also.
People sometimes notice but most dont pay any attention. Maybe ask a question when doing bg check but Ive even given myself a shot in a restaurant and no said anything except my waitress who said her mother was diabetic and she was good with me being so open. Go for it girl dont let the diabetes keep you from doing things just plan ahead and you got it covered.

Mizzgreenjeanz 2011-04-15 14:29:09 -0500 Report

I keep glucerna bars in my purse for just such an event. That way I can eat one in a waiting room or wherever I am to hold me over. This has always worked for me. Also a baggie of almonds and string cheese on the run works too! I tend to test in the restroom…unless I am somewhere that I can easily do so. Some people are queasy at the site of blood…so I just keep that in mind and skitter off to where I can be private :)

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