Saturday, February 19, 2011

Don't leave home without it!

We keep a bag packed at all times with diabetic supplies that goes everywhere with us. We have it down to a science. This handy little green bag is always packed and ready to go. We have used many other types of bags in the past, but I like this one best- it is small enough to fit in my purse if I want but big enough to hold the essentials. The mesh on the front is nice to quickly see that everything we need is in the bag. It is important to always have some kind of fast acting carbs on hand in case of low blood sugar as well as insulin and syringes. We have learned the hard way to always keep a pump site change with us, just in case.
The bag contains:
  • juice boxes- these small size Juicy Juice are the best for low blood sugars, 15 grams of fast acting carbs
  • Blood glucose meter (in the pouch is a lancing device, extra lancets, and test strips)
  • glucose tabs
  • glucose gel
  • supplies for a pump site change (reservoir, infusion set, iv prep wipe)
  • vial of insulin
  • syringes (in case of pump malfunction or other reason a shot of insulin may be necessary )
  • disposable lancing device ( in case the one in his test kit gets lost or broken )
  • Glucogon Emergency Kit- in my opinion the scariest diabetic supply EVER
  • Ketostix for checking for ketones in the urine in times of extreme high blood sugar or illness

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