Hello there to all! I am kind of taking a risk and chance here. I have this feeling to discuss the issue about organizing. How many of you have a emergency supplies kit made up or a sick kit made and ready? We all need to be prepared for the unexpected. Having extra supplies either in your car, purse, school bag, or where ever it will be close to you. Whether you are just on oral meds, injections, or pumping, there is always a need to make sure you are covered. That includes wearing a emergency medical alert.
I had a wonderful talk with a EMT instructor and my endo team. I learned a lot from these people I spoke with. Gained a lot of tips in keeping my daily diabetes organized and prepared and would to share this with you.
Having a medical alert on you is very important. Especially when you use insulin, pumper, and have other underlying medical conditions. It could save your life when there is no one else with you. There are somethings in life medically that are not quiet obvious to anyone. My younger two children are a testament to this. You do not have to look sick or be sick to have a medical condition. It will also save on confusion with medical personnel.
Having a back up of medical supplies with you somewhere is also just as important. What if you were to have a low blood sugar? Your battery in your pump goes on you. Or you meter accidentally gets broke? What if the batteries in your meter goes on you? They may all be what if's but can we all afford any of these situations. My educator pointed this out to me and made me see a not so good picture. A sample emergency kit typically should have things like (some items are for pumpers): extra batteries for all of your machines, lancets, testing strips (if possible), low blood sugar aid, extra wipes & preps, snack, catheter, pump set, lancing device, emergency phone numbers, glucagon kit (for some),ketosticks, and insulin (only when you leave and need to keep cold). These are just some of the basics, you add more to this kit if you want to. These things can be placed all together in a purse, car visor, school bag, or other place. If you can, it may also be good to have a back up meter.
There is also a such thing as having a sick kit. extra supplies can be placed in here. Diabetic safe cough & cold meds, pain reliever, extra pumping supplies, SF lozenges, thermometer, list of health care providers, shelf stable foods that are 15g or less of carbs for sick times. Make sure you also let someone know you are sick. These are just some ideas to help you be more prepared for the unexpected. It could mean your life in some situations. When you think about being prepared. Make sure you're also ready for any kind of possible disaster.
I hope this does help others out there. You never want to be caught off guard. My my heart to you, I would never want to see anyone being hurt by not being prepared. It is a awful feeling. I hope all is well and know WE CAN and WE WILL beat this !!! Hugs to all!!! :)
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