What do you carry with you?

Turtle
By Turtle Latest Reply 2014-10-01 20:28:58 -0500
Started 2012-01-28 21:44:32 -0600

What do you carry with you all the time? I used to carry my testing kit in a small back pack with stuff I might need for the day.

Now I carry a small purse w/ my testing kit, extra strips, needles and syringes, insulin, small bottle of water, bottle of pain meds. list of prescribed meds. and allergies, small snack bar, few pieces of small hard candies to help bring a low up fast, extra glass case to put used syringes in til I get home. This is like my own personal diaper bag w/out the diapers! I take this with me wherever I go because I never know when I will need something from it.


87 replies

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-07-06 12:05:22 -0500 Report

Nada.

It is entirely possible, and VERY do-able to N-O-T carry any thing "diabetic" with us!

Unwise for extended/much longer periods of time, but completely possible for the one time or very short term. Forgot, left it, just wanted to be free of it for an hour…

Soda is available in the real world :~ ) If we become low, or just believe we are low… it wont kill us to have some.

Highs will take time to come way down regardless of what the number might be. Won't make a serious difference if its now or two hours from now. Long as we're not staying there, and DO treat it asap…

So NADA is my answer. Entirely possible to carry nothing from time to time, and the sky will not fall !!!!

lanykins
lanykins 2014-09-21 15:18:17 -0500 Report

I'm with you! I only carry glucose tabs in case I feel I am too low. If I'm out all day, I carry my Novolog flexpen to use before I eat. I don't try to test when I'm only out for one meal. I also wear a Medic-Alert bracelet in case anything happens.

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-10-01 19:44:00 -0500 Report

Never liked the taste of chalk -ggg-. Prefer the gel, icing(s) myself. Conscious/not it gets absorbed and no sharp and pointies anywhere in the picture.

Icing, nobody is afraid to use/give… a NEEDLE -ggg- not too many that I would trust to use one frankly. Use it correctly, even fewer!

BTW, which wrist you wearing the bracelet on?

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-10-01 19:43:58 -0500 Report

Never liked the taste of chalk -ggg-. Prefer the gel, icing(s) myself. Conscious/not it gets absorbed and no sharp and pointies anywhere in the picture.

Icing, nobody is afraid to use/give… a NEEDLE -ggg- not too many that I would trust to use one frankly. Use it correctly, even fewer!

BTW, which wrist you wearing the bracelet on?

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-10-01 19:27:12 -0500 Report

Never liked the taste of chalk -ggg-. Prefer the gel, icing(s) myself. Conscious/not it gets absorbed and no sharp and pointies anywhere in the picture.

Icing, nobody is afraid to use/give… a NEEDLE -ggg- not too many that I would trust to use one frankly. Use it correctly, even fewer!

BTW, which wrist you wearing the bracelet on?

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-10-01 19:27:10 -0500 Report

Never liked the taste of chalk -ggg-. Prefer the gel, icing(s) myself. Conscious/not it gets absorbed and no sharp and pointies anywhere in the picture.

Icing, nobody is afraid to use/give… a NEEDLE -ggg- not too many that I would trust to use one frankly. Use it correctly, even fewer!

BTW, which wrist you wearing the bracelet on?

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-10-01 19:26:59 -0500 Report

Never liked the taste of chalk -ggg-. Prefer the gel, icing(s) myself. Conscious/not it gets absorbed and no sharp and pointies anywhere in the picture.

Icing, nobody is afraid to use/give… a NEEDLE -ggg- not too many that I would trust to use one frankly. Use it correctly, even fewer!

BTW, which wrist you wearing the bracelet on?

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-10-01 19:26:48 -0500 Report

Never liked the taste of chalk -ggg-. Prefer the gel, icing(s) myself. Conscious/not it gets absorbed and no sharp and pointies anywhere in the picture.

Icing, nobody is afraid to use/give… a NEEDLE -ggg- not too many that I would trust to use one frankly. Use it correctly, even fewer!

BTW, which wrist you wearing the bracelet on?

petebarber93@yahoo.com
petebarber93@yahoo.com 2013-10-24 15:31:27 -0500 Report

wow thanks all I got some really good Ideas from u all..I carry my onetouch kit with me which has my pen needles, test strips ,alcohol pads, a test strip empty bottle for waste,humalog pen,Lantus pen..some sort of candy for my lows…Have to get me a med alert braclet…

lanykins
lanykins 2014-09-21 15:24:45 -0500 Report

A Medic-Alert bracelet is very important if you are on insulin. I've been wearing one for years and it did help me once in an emergency room when I was unable to speak. I got my Lantus at the right times and amounts.

melissa5786
melissa5786 2012-06-01 13:21:48 -0500 Report

Besides the common things girls carry in their pyrse; I carry a nice little Vera Bradley pill case that I converted into my testing kit. My meter, strips, alcohol pads, spare batteries, lancets, needles and my insulin all fit inside. I also have a medical info card in it. Plus I carry glucose tabs and some snacks.

MHoskins2179
MHoskins2179 2012-05-31 23:59:39 -0500 Report

I carry my small black case - "man purse" - with meter & supplies, insulin bottle and syringe, and an extra battery and coin for pump. Glucose tabs usually in bag, coat, desk, car, etc.

KE5ICS
KE5ICS 2012-05-30 20:31:55 -0500 Report

I carry extra strips, a spare quick set, alcohol pads, gloucose tablets, jelly beans, and an extra battery for my pump. I have recently found a military style bag to keep it in on ebay so that i can stop carrying my huge backpack that also has my laptop and other stuff…such a weight off my shoulders.

KE5ICS
KE5ICS 2012-05-30 20:42:18 -0500 Report

Oh yeah my calorie king book as well.

just betty
just betty 2012-06-01 14:03:13 -0500 Report

What is a calorie king book and where do you get one?

restlessdiabetic
restlessdiabetic 2012-05-26 19:50:45 -0500 Report

I wish it were that simple for me. Besides all that I also have to carry 8 different meds for other conditions I have :(. Mine isn't a diaper bag mine is a mini pharmacy.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-05-30 21:05:23 -0500 Report

I put my daily supplements in a pill separator. Got an inexpensive one from Walgreen's for $1.99. It's so much easier than carrying around all those pill bottles.

KE5ICS
KE5ICS 2012-05-30 20:33:47 -0500 Report

Check out the sling backpacks on ebay they are not as bulky. They might be a great fit for you.

Armourer
Armourer 2012-05-25 19:04:06 -0500 Report

Before I leave home I test. Usually carry my Humalog pen with me, and in the car have a small packet of glucose tablets in case I go low, and a cell phone.

restlessdiabetic
restlessdiabetic 2012-05-26 19:54:11 -0500 Report

Mine is the novo log pen n humalog for nights only. The novo log is 4 times a day. Plus actos, metformin, glucotrol n that's all just for my diabetes :(

lanykins
lanykins 2014-09-21 15:31:30 -0500 Report

That is a lot of medication for your diabetes. Once I was put on insulin, all my pills were stopped.

Controlled
Controlled 2012-05-24 13:00:21 -0500 Report

This is a fun post. I'm glad to say that things have changed a lot for me.
Not too long ago, I had to carry multiple medications (for neuropathy), a TENS machine for pain management, testing equipment and supplies and related stuff in a large black canvas bag. It reminded me of the days when I carried a diaper bag for an infant.

Today, I carry only one small pill (Lyrica). If I am gone for most of the day, I know what to eat (and what not to). I don't stray from the foods that work for me so I know that I will remain in the 80's or 90's.

If I am gone longer than a day, I will bring testing equipment and a little more medication. I am hoping that with continued exercise and nutrition that I can control neuropathy as well as I have BG (but that may be illusory).

It's interesting to read how we all manage this condition.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-24 12:27:22 -0500 Report

Unless I plan on being away from home for an extended period of time all I carry with me are some glucose tabs, my cell phone and I wear a medical ID on my wrist. If you are ever in an medical emergency where you are unconscious, EMT personal will look through your wallet..The first thing they see in mine is my medical alert card giving them all the information that they need to know

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-05-24 11:24:30 -0500 Report

My meter with test strips and lancets and some fast-acting glucose in case of low BG's are essential. Since I'm now on the pump, that is always with me too. I don't leave home without them!

cograndma
cograndma 2012-05-24 17:11:37 -0500 Report

I totally agree with you. I am on Byetta twice a day and always have it and my gleucometer at the ready. Good luck with finding out which foods work for you. I am currently in the process of trying to lose 50 pounds…my youngest daughter is working at a camp in the CO mountains for the summer. We have made it a game to see which one of us can lose the most by the time she returns, the end of August… Wish both of us luck.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-05-25 18:28:08 -0500 Report

Jean, I found that by reducing the amount of carbs I eat, the weight came right off. Managing your carbs is the key. Eliminate as much as you can and the pounds will melt away! Wishing you and your daughter a lean, mean summer!

Tailor101
Tailor101 2012-05-24 11:18:08 -0500 Report

I carry a small purse with my meter and testing strips and I have an insulin pump, and my cell phone.

melissa1987
melissa1987 2012-05-14 16:43:23 -0500 Report

I just carry my cell :)

bety123
bety123 2012-05-25 03:05:01 -0500 Report

Hi im new here, im from romania and i dint knowso goodto control my blod sugar. What equipment you use. Please. Thanks

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-05-25 08:16:48 -0500 Report

Howdy Bety123, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

Most of us use a Blood Glucose (BG) tester or "meter". That helps us know what our BG is doing. As for how to manage our diabetes, we use many methods. I manage my BG through what I eat and what I avoid as far as foods go. Others need to use oral diabetes medications, others need to use injections like insulin, Victoza, Byetta, or Bydureon. Others still use insulin pumps to administer injectable insulin. It depends on our needs and what works for each individual.

MykenziePamala
MykenziePamala 2012-04-21 23:49:12 -0500 Report

We carry a little backpack with our tester, log book, calorie king book, extra pen needles, quick sugar of some kind. We always double up strips, ran out one time, not good. Extra insulin is a must, dropped our insulin pen once and broke the vial. And also carry extra tester with insulin too, in my daughters diaper bag. After running out and breaking things, never can be to cautious. Always worried I guess!

MAYS
MAYS 2012-02-29 10:17:41 -0600 Report

To me, the most important item that I carry with me daily is my knowledge of my individual case of diabetes, I know me, what I should and should not do in a given situation.
My medications are great, truly life savers, but without what I know, learn and do every day these tools and my diabetes would take a faster toll on my health.

~Mays~

eristar
eristar 2012-02-29 05:58:30 -0600 Report

I guess I'm bad these days - I don't carry anything except a granola bar and some hard candy; I'll bring my metformin only if I will be out for dinner, and test at home before I leave. I do wear a medic alert bracelet with my name, T2, and meds info on it.

draco59
draco59 2012-02-28 21:32:12 -0600 Report

Since I only test m self once a day at the moment, unless, I'm staying somewhere over night, I just carry the meds I need for the day or how long I’ll be gone for. Plus the next dose of meds just in case something happened. I all was carrying a list of all my meds. I take my meds are broken down to 4X a day, first thing in the morning, noon, between 6 and 7 pm whenever I get home and then before bed.

lisa627
lisa627 2012-02-28 19:22:18 -0600 Report

I CARRY MY ACCU-CHEK AVIVA STRIPS AND LANCETS, MY METFORMIN PILLS WHEN I GO OUT WITH MY BEST FRIEND OR WHEN I KNOW I WONT BE HOME ON TIME FOR MY GLUCOSE CHECK AND TREATMENT.

cwkw6
cwkw6 2012-02-28 18:18:36 -0600 Report

most of the time when i go otu its when my wife. so all i bring is my self and the medalert necklase and in my walet is a list of meds and ect. and thats it

Caliafiosgram62
Caliafiosgram62 2012-02-28 18:09:02 -0600 Report

I carry a small meter - not linked to my pump in my purse along with wallet, cell phone, coupons and keys. I have two other meters - one for work which I replenish each weekend and another for home. Both of these meters are linked to my pump. Since I'm on nothing but insulin, and that is delivered via pump, I don't carry anything like that with me - unless I'm going to visit my kids on a weekend. Then I take, extra pump supplies, extra insulin(I keep some at each of their houses), extra CGM supplies and the inserters. It makes for quite a load. I work close enough to home that if I have a problem at work, I can get there really quick (15 minutes) and take care of it. I've only had to do this once in the past ten years. Oh, at work I also have a supply of some sort of carb that I can munch on if I need to. I keep a candy dish on my desk for visitors and if needed I go into it. Don't need to do it too often. This works for me.

Nikkigriff
Nikkigriff 2012-02-09 12:52:50 -0600 Report

Well since I am so new to this, I bought a Reli On test meter and it came a nice neat cast where it has a spot for my bottle of test strips, I have my lancets in the small plastic zip baggy they came in, and my meter. So I just carry that whole thing with me, as I do not have insulin to take I have a light load.

Starry20
Starry20 2012-01-31 21:55:04 -0600 Report

Mine is simpler! (not trying to sound rude!) but all you need to do is think; how many times do I think I'll test today? 7-8? If so make sure you have at least twenty strips or just carry an extra, as u do, then think; if I'm on a diet or regulated carbs, how many units will I use? An take only the amount needed with a little extra, my kit has 250 a syringe and I don't use near that much! Then take 4 snacks and enough money to buy something, in case your really low. And I just put my syringes in a pocket and empty them into a milk jug when I get home… U will find ur 'diaper bag - the diapers' is conveniently lighter… Or I did… Hope I helped even though it was lengthy!!

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2012-01-30 06:40:53 -0600 Report

My wallet, car keys, lip balm, a notebook, ink pen, meter, strips, lancette, sugar in some form in case of a low and that's about it. Oh, and some verious and assorted junk that I accumulate as time goes by…lol

CaliKo
CaliKo 2012-01-29 20:58:03 -0600 Report

Hello. I'm diet-and-exercise controlled, so for now I always have a snack with me. Also, I wear a medic alert with my conditions plus my husbands name and phone number and my cell phone.

Wiannu
Wiannu 2012-01-29 20:43:25 -0600 Report

Hmm well I usually end up carrying three bags with me throughout the day lol. But as far as diabetic supplies I have my test meter with strips and extra needles. I have two weeks worth of my Glumetza and Onglyza with me. I also need to try and remember to keep some sort of granola bar or something as a pick-me-up. I get really tired of having to eat fast food on my way home because I forgot to eat lunch or something like that.

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2012-01-29 15:39:33 -0600 Report

I carry my debit card, some lifesavors, a tube of gel cake decoration. If I am going by plane I have a huge carry on with all my meds, supplements, meter and supplies and all the aforementioned and a change of unmentionables LOL.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-01-29 02:48:18 -0600 Report

I always have my meter and test kit with me. I also carry my medical information and some glucose tabs. My hubby had to buy me a bigger purse for Christmas with all the things I have in it now...I never thought of asking him for a diaper bag. LOL

kindlekm
kindlekm 2012-01-28 23:43:17 -0600 Report

Right now generally just my meter if I know I will be eating although I am probably start bringing a small snack for before and after lunch while I am at school hopefully I won't get to the point where I have to take insulin more than once a day

Young1s
Young1s 2012-01-28 23:41:59 -0600 Report

Your bag sounds a lot like mine. I carry a weeks worth of prescriptions, my insulin pen, a weeks worth of pen needles, an empty prescription bottle (for disposing of needles, lancets & strips), water bottle, a small notepad & pen, a small food journal, snacks for just in case, and my test kit. In my test kit itself there's my meter, lancet device (plus a weeks extra of lancets), the days strips (plus a weeks extra), bottle of control solution, alcohol swabs, band-aids, and copies of my prescriptions (in case I need to order refills). I never leave home without it, even if I'm just going to the corner store, because you never know.

draco59
draco59 2012-02-28 21:40:45 -0600 Report

an empty water or diet pop bottle will work to…

Young1s
Young1s 2012-02-28 22:04:24 -0600 Report

I hear you but it's too big for my needs. That's why I use a small empty prescription bottle. Then I just empty the contents into my disposables bottle at home.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-01-30 06:16:00 -0600 Report

I carry a lunch bag for work which includes snacks, water, and my lunch along with my novolog pen to stay chilled. In my purse I also carry my kit which includes strips, alcohol wipes, extra needles, and a lancet, oh and pb cracks and both bags contain glucose tablets. I also carry my binder where I track my foods and meds. I am now wearing a medical ID bracelet, so am fully loaded I guess!

nzingha
nzingha 2012-02-06 12:22:19 -0600 Report

u keep ur pen chilled? i keep my pen in my bag.. once i open it. before its in the refridgerator… is the pen supposed to be kept chilled …?

bubbletrouble
bubbletrouble 2012-04-27 22:32:26 -0500 Report

No need to keep a pen or vial cold after they are open. However, do not let the insulin get over 86 degrees. So an insulated lunch bag is good if you live in a hot climate.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-07 05:37:05 -0600 Report

I usually just keep it with my snack and lunch in my cooler. My job requires a lot of driving so I do this so that it doesn't sit in the sun especially in warmer weather.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-02-06 13:09:33 -0600 Report

Only when storing the unopened ones. After opened, it is safe to keep unrefridgerated for up to 28 days. I got this from my D nurse and read it on the instructions that come with my Lantus. Not sure if the same applies for all pens though. Also, I usually let my pen sit out for at least an hour before I need to inject. What I mean to say is I take out the new one prior to first use. After that, it stay out (in my D tote bag).

nzingha
nzingha 2012-02-06 14:41:42 -0600 Report

the lantos i keep refrigerated since i only use it at night… the pen is always with me in my bag . the unopened insulin i always keep in the fridge. thnnks