Diabetic First Aid

Beerlilly
By Beerlilly Latest Reply 2011-04-29 15:37:35 -0500
Started 2011-02-15 14:47:19 -0600

If you had to create a First Aid kit for: your car or your home. What would you put into it? Would you just buy a regular First Aid kit or would you make your own all the way down to the container?
What would you do???


15 replies

northerngal
northerngal 2011-02-16 22:38:26 -0600 Report

I carry skittles in the center console of my vehicle. They don't melt in summer and it doesn't matter if they freeze in winter. They are fat free and come in several flavors. A single pack can easily be carried in your pocket. I buy them by the box at Sams club. You can also take as many as you need to return to a normal level. The other items are one and done, more expensive and time consuming. This was a suggestion from my endocrinologist and as long as you feel the low, it works great.

Elrond
Elrond 2011-02-16 00:03:51 -0600 Report

For anyone who uses insulin or who is prone to extreme low sugar, a glucagon kit can be a lifesaver as long as friends and loved ones know how to use it. I always keep a couple kits here at home but since I live alone now, they will probably be of little use in an emergency.

dsumpter
dsumpter 2011-02-16 03:13:05 -0600 Report

ok im a newbee..just found out i have type 2 diabetes..what and where can i get one of these kits…

Elrond
Elrond 2011-02-16 04:42:57 -0600 Report

The glucagon kit is a prescription item so you'll need to ask your doctor. Another drawback is that one should never be used on a conscious patient. That means that you need someone nearby who knows the signs of extremely low sugar and who knows how to use the kit. It really isn't complicated to use but the liquid contents of a pre-filled syringe need to be injected into a vial containing powder. the powder and liquid are shaken until mixed and that mixture is drawn back into the syringe. After that, the contents are injected into a muscle. Glucagon works by causing the liver to release stored sugar so it works very quickly; usually within a few minutes. But the effects are very temporary so the patient needs to eat something substantial soon.

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2011-02-15 15:09:09 -0600 Report

Hello Beerlilly. I would probably start with an over the counter first aid kit, then add glucose tablets, a glucose monitor and maybe some crackers for a quick snack. I would also keep some bottled water in the kit too. I would probably put this in a watertight container.

MewElla
MewElla 2011-02-16 08:33:44 -0600 Report

Basically, I do the same except I always carry granola bar and apple (when out walking) I am T2 diabetic. You won't catch me without my little bag…have run into low blood sugar several times and it was scary, completely got my attention. So, no, never leave my bag at home..I call it my velco attachment. You see me, you see the bag!

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2011-02-16 08:43:17 -0600 Report

Hello MewElla. That is a great idea to carry those things when your walking. I have had low BS myself while walking, and it definitely gets your attention. I carry Glucose Tablets and usually a mandarin orange since it is small.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-02-15 15:04:58 -0600 Report

I would make my own. It would have a meter, glucose of some sort, water. I'm not taking diabetic meds, but if I were, extra drugs would probably be in my purse because the car gets so hot in the summer where I live. This is a good idea, but I don't have a kit in my car. I have a drawer at work that contains these items, and my pockets of my jacket I wear on walks has dried apricots in it, so does my purse. I think that's about all I need right now. Good question!

MoHarrell
MoHarrell 2011-02-17 09:19:15 -0600 Report

if you take any of the Pills or insulin, you should really have it in your kit as well. Because you never know. Say like if you are stranded somewhere for a few days and can't get to a pharmacy. My husband is one of those guys who has a survival Kit in both cars with everything we would need for a couple of days. you never know what might happen.