Helping Keep Your Diabetes Organized

By monkeymama Latest Reply 2010-05-19 22:35:24 -0500
Started 2010-05-11 22:26:03 -0500

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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cindy type 1
cindy type 1 2010-05-19 10:57:45 -0500 Report

The medic alert bracelet is a very important part. I am a pumper and I just assumed that all medical personnel would know I was diabetic if they saw my pump. Not so. Many do not know what a pump looks like at a glance. So medic alert bracelet is a must!

monkeymama 2010-05-19 22:35:24 -0500 Report

Exactly, I was showing the EMT instructor and the 3 students that were at the ER my insulin pump. They were very interested and were very pleased to see what I had put on my medical alert. I also carry my medical alert wallet card and Insulin Pump card right next to each other in my wallet. I go through for my medical alert bracelet and additional accessories. That have made it where there are noticeable yet fashionable for all (including children). :)

petals 2010-05-12 22:14:15 -0500 Report

Great advice. I always keep extra supplies in my purse, but I think that I will get one of those soft lunch bag thingies!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-05-12 22:00:30 -0500 Report

I am a simple person with simple needs, I usually run a bit high, but not too badly, unless I have taken my Glipizide, which bottoms me out, so I don't take it if going somewhere—-also keep a can of Almonds in the car and one in the front room, if I get hungry, still perking along. Best of Luck to those who really need a survival KIT!! PR

cindylt 2010-05-12 17:53:23 -0500 Report

thank you for the information! I just finished a diabetes education class that stressed the same issue. I went immediately to the pharmacy and got extra supplies for a sick bag and an emergency kit. I am also going to sit down with all of my family and give them a "what if" class on how they can help me "if" something happens. I plan to be very prepared and live a LONG, LONG, LONG time!
PS - I store all my "to go with me" items in a soft sided lunch bag that is cute and take it in and out of the car each day…

spiritwalker 2010-05-12 16:55:15 -0500 Report

Monkeymama, excellent advise. I always keep extras ( a
special go bag) with everything I might need. Its helpful
to to include a copy of your Rx list and Dr. numbers for
emergency purposes.

monkeymama 2010-05-15 01:08:32 -0500 Report

That is a excellent idea. In my wallet, I keep a medical card and my insulin pump card. Which on my medical alert on the back it also says" see wallet card". I don't just do this for me either. My younger two kids with the special needs also have am go backpack. Which I put in our trunk and checked every other two weeks. Great additional advice there :)

sweething1950 2010-05-12 13:14:13 -0500 Report

How about adding a protein bar, Glucerna bar, something with enough glucose for a low. I use regular 7up. I can deal if it goes too high then. When mine goes low, it's like 35-45. Also, make sure young children can dial 2 numbers, maybe on speed dial. 1st—911 if they are alone with you and you pass out or fall, and a close friend, grandma, daddy—in case you suddenly get sick otherwise and cannot help yourself. The emergency person should know how to take your blood sugar and give insulin.

monkeymama 2010-05-12 17:46:44 -0500 Report

You are exactly right here as well. Great addition here! I put a protein bar and a Adkins chocolate coconut bar in mine. Along with everything here. My husband says he believes I take everything but the kitchen sink with me…lol. I've been saved many times having this with me. It has also helped me make sure I don't skip a meal if I am out too long.

Harlen 2010-05-12 11:41:04 -0500 Report

I keep a backup bag with 30 days of every thing I need
Just in case I need it. Things that go bad I switch out as needed.
I hope you all have a backup plan ????
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-05-13 05:08:23 -0500 Report

Harlen brings up a good point. Now that you have your kits, know how to use them and have a plan if something happens. I don't just mean a low. If you have to evacuate or your home is damaged, do you have a plan of where to go, what to do? Do you have copies of important papers with an out of state relative or friend? Do you have a meet up plan if something happens when your family is separated?Is there some cash in your bag in-case the power is out and you cannot get to a bank? Do you know where the shelters are and if they offer medical services? Every hurricane season, we get out our papers, update them and make sure our contact numbers and plans are current. It gives us great peace of mind.

monkeymama 2010-05-15 01:10:47 -0500 Report

My husband found a site that goes over the preparation of emergencies like you mentioned. I will have to ask him where to find this. Great point!

GabbyPA 2010-05-15 09:02:37 -0500 Report

Yep, season starts in a couple of weeks so I have to get on my updating this week. good to clean out the cobwebs. LOl

GabbyPA 2010-05-12 08:42:47 -0500 Report

This is a great list. Thank you. Living in hurricane country, I have kits ready, but I have to admit I don't have a sick day kit. I don't get sick often, but when I do it's a doozy, so that would be good to have.
The only caution I would have is keeping things in our cars. My car is in the sun 24/7 and it would ruin the medicines and probably gels. Other items would be just fine, but I keep them in my purse.

monkeymama 2010-05-12 10:27:39 -0500 Report

The option for this issue is find a pouch that can go in and out of your car. I've seen it where they have removable visor pouches for vehicle and it is GREAT for this purpose. Everything at your finger tips when you need it.

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