Activity-without the bag

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-04-19 21:55:00 -0500
Started 2011-04-17 16:51:54 -0500

So lately I have been wondering how I am going to approach summer activities. I was diagnosed just five months ago, and I have been bringing around a bag that contains all my emergency supplies, snacks, etc, even to my classes. My question is: how is this going to be reasonable when riding a bike, since the bag is long and will hit my tire. I also recently applied for a job at a golf course. The job requires me to do manual labor and I don't want to be carrying around a bag. I've thought about a fanny pack, but let's be honest, who wants to wear a big fanny pack? I'm looking for a stylish one, though. Any other ideas, tips, advice?
Thank you so much;)

6 replies

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-04-19 21:55:00 -0500 Report

You have to have your snack bag whether it is stylish or not, you can put pretty little gadgets on it and make it look nice if need be. It should not matter, even though you are 13, let people know you are a diabetic, this can help you in the long run, simply tell your employer that you have to have your snacks and insulin at a certain time, break maybe, but none of this will interfere with your working.This is your life you are talking about. Bless You

Nonna2Three 2011-04-19 15:09:50 -0500 Report

Considering your age I would look for one of the small backpack style bags - not a real backpack, but the ones that are all cloth and cute.

Here is a cute one:
Here is another option:
And another possibility:
This one is cute too:
And here is an option for wintertime (I suggest winter beacuse this one weighs 3 lbs and when stuff is added it will just be too heavy for hot summertime toting:

If you carry insulin you also want to be sure you keep it in a cool-pack. Something like this might work since this one does not require freezing:

As for snacks - keep them simple, maybe the small boxes of raisins. Or have you considered Glucose tablets or a glucose spray? They would get you past any unexpected lows and allow time for you to go a place where you can get something more substantial.

Harlen 2011-04-17 18:25:18 -0500 Report

I take my bag with me all the time .You just never know what you mite need
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-04-17 17:49:56 -0500 Report

Howdy "G"

I can understand why someone might want to be annonymous, but it puts the rest of us at a disadvantage when trying to answer yourr question. We don't know if you're a guy or gal and what type of Diabetes you have, or if there are any other.

Really what do you need in your supply bag? Are you on insulin? Do you take insulin/meds during the working day? And how long are your working days?

I have had (and still do) IBS and I need a change of diapers with me when I was working, and perhaps a change of uniform ("scrubs"), of course I had the luxury of being close to my car when I needed a change.

I have used a large fanny pack to carry my diabetic supplies in. I really didn't care about being stylish, I just cared about utility. Of course I was in my late 40s when I did that and was an old married man (who became an old divorced man). But my safety and managing my diabetes ("DM") was the most important consideration for me. I really could have cared less about what it looked like. It was for my health, safety and comfort that I had those things with me in my fanny pack.

One thing you might consider if you're working in the hot outdoors, is your meter.
If your meter gets foo warm it will not work until it cools off (about room temp). At times I left my meter in the car in the summer and all it read when I stuck a strip in it was "HI". And when I left it in my car in the winter and I did the same the message came back "LO" The closer you can keep your meter to room temp the better. I put my meter in my insulin cooler with ice packs, it was also "LO" until it warmed up a bit.

Blessings to you and yours "-G"


gwyneth 2011-04-17 18:39:46 -0500 Report

Good input Harlen, and thanks James. This was my first time using this website so I wasn't sure about what to post. I am a girl, type 1 diabetic. Very good point about not worring about if it's stylish or not, just that having supplies with you is for saftey and comfort. I am on insulin of course,and am required to have emercency snacks with me at all times. I'm 13, if that helps.

jayabee52 2011-04-19 13:04:16 -0500 Report

Thanks Gwyneth for your reply!

Is there a place on the golf course where you can keep your insulin where you can get to it fairly easily without it getting too warm in the summer? I totally understand your concern about style, you being a girl and 13 and all. But as I saw you say that that is ultimately unimportant. What is of primary importance is your safety.

And since you're going to be outside, remember to wear your sunscreen! You don't want to burn, and/or get sunpoisoning!



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