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Carrying around all my junk

Discussion in 'Adults with Type 1' started by karpoozi123, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. karpoozi123

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    I have this problem that I love to carry a tiny little pocketbook around. Diabetes really interferes with that habit. I carry around so much spare diabetes supplies that a practically need to carry a duffle bag around with me.

    In my bag I have:
    (for lows)
    a juice box
    a box of raisins
    candies

    (in case my resevoir runs out)
    a spare resevoir
    a spare insulin bottle

    (in case my pump stops working)
    A lantus pen
    A novolog pen
    and a couple of pen needles

    and of course:
    a meter
    test strips
    a lancing device
    spare lancet
    extra bottle of test strips


    (misc.)
    2 Spare batteries for my pump (because a minimed won't take a used battery so if one is a problem...)
    A mini bottle of advil (in case of highs...)
    a day's supply of various pills and vitamins that I take


    That is not even counting the non diabetes stuff like advil, vaseline, mascara, lip gloss....


    Am I the only one who is so prepared? What do you carry around with you?
     
  2. clb1968

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    I have all the normal junk. Diabetes stuff weighs a ton.
    I even keep most of it at my desk at work encase I leave something out of my purse.
     
  3. hypercarmona

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    3 syringes and vial of apidra
    lantus pen and pen needle
    3 packs of glucose gel
    1 glucose "drink" (it's 2 oz, so it's small)
    test kit w/ 2 bottles of strips
    2 nutrigrain bars and a toddler snack bar (one each for me and the boys if we're out)
    a 1/2 pint water bottle
    checkbook, license, etc.
    and about 50,000 used strips in the very bottom of my purse...:rolleyes:

    But that's it. :D
     
  4. karpoozi123

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    Ya. I forgot that. I find myself cleaning out my pocketbook every three days to get rid of those strips. I could swear there are more used test strips in there than I use. :rolleyes:
     
  5. KeltonsMom

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    I grabbed my purse and dumped it out and in it I have:

    4 multiclix drums
    50 softclix lancets
    my meter in it's case
    100 test strips (spare, not in the meter case)
    a vial of Humalog
    a vial of Levemir
    a pack of syringes (I would love to have Pens instead)
    two bottles of glucose tablets
    a package of cake jell
    my wallet
    cell phone, including my old one that died
    100 used test strips :rolleyes:

    an ink pen
    checkbook (yes I still use checks)
    lip stick
    eyeliner
    some change, mostly pennies
    No Glucagon, working on getting one

    I think I need a suitcase for all of this stuff:eek:
     
  6. clb1968

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    I dont have used test strips in the bottom of my purse, I have an old test strip bottle, with the label tore off , so I can tell the difference , and I put them in there, I always have.
    I either dump it in the sharps container or the trash.
     
  7. Aidyn

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    I carry a big ol' messenger bag around with me. I decided to be trendy and decorate it with pins and patches. A cute little purse usually doesn't cut it for all my diabetes crap!

    I have:

    A vial of humalog
    A vial of lantus
    2 bottles of test strips
    My meter and test kit
    3 or more syringes
    3 packs of glucose gel
    Wallet
    Cell phone
    Pens
    Random pad to write stuff down
    Make-up case
    Checkbook

    Sometimes, I also have:
    A tube of either SweetTarts Squeezables or cake decorating stuff
    Mentos
    Miscelleanous hard candy

    And occasionally, I will have glucogen. *Exhales*
     
  8. lilituc

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    I carry all this stuff around with me.

    I think everything or almost everything you listed would fit in one of those Adorn handbags. Have you seen those? They also have messenger bags.
     
  9. KeltonsMom

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    Wow, looking at all the stuff you have made me realize that I am missing a few things..I have not been carrying around Ketostix or ketone test strips, I am so bad :eek:

    That purse is so cool!!!
     
  10. lilituc

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    Oh, I don't. Those are Diastix, which I use for testing drinks. I would probably carry Ketodiastix instead if I had more issues with ketones, but so far only when I'm sick, and then I don't go out.

    I don't know which one you mean, but you can get the one I have here if you also need to carry A LOT of stuff. Although they have a smaller version, too.
     
  11. ctwetten

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    yes, it's definetly a messanger bag for me. Sometimes I think my friends are thinking, "uh, it's friday night--why is she still carrying her books with her?" well, they can deal with it, I guess. ;)
     
  12. Ali

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    I use a pump and typically have in my purse or pockets:

    Glucose tablets (5 to 10 in a plastic bag-I keep a bottle in my car)

    BG Meter & Strips in its cloth case with some lancets and a syringe in the zipper part and a spare batttery.

    If I have a pump or site failure and not near home I will use the syringe with the insulin in my pump. I have my "change insulin reserve" warning set when I have 20 units left plus the 10 the pump has reserved so I figure I can cover with a couple shots of short acting and just reuse my syringe. For all day outings far from home I will throw in set changes and a bottle of short and long acting insulin for an emergency and a few more syringes. Longer outings I throw in some cookies or something on top of the glucose tabs. Ali
     
  13. karpoozi123

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    I am ok for now. I got myself this huge bag (or duffle bag as my sister likes to call it ;))
    If you think I only carry around loads of diabetes junk, you are wrong. I also carry around all kinds of other junk. Like a spare battery for my camera, another for my phone, 2 or 3 spare memory cards for my camera....

    You get the picture right? I am a drop OCD when it comes to packing. :eek:

    That bag would simply not be NEARLY big enough
     
  14. suzeeq78

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    Carrying around all my junk.................

    Never in my life did I ever imagine how much junk I would need to drag around with me. Small purse? I don't think so!!! LOL!!! The following list is for when I go to work. However, if I'm just going around locally, I just have my meter case & Novolog pen.
    BTW, ALL that stuff fits into a soft sided old denim purse/pocketbook.
    suzeeq
    MM 515 4/05




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    2 COMPLETE METER CASES (2 meters, 2 pokers, 100- 125 test strips & lancets)
    EXTRA BATTERIES FOR METERS & PUMP
    1 NOVOLOG FLEX PEN IN A FRIO POUCH
    EXTRA NEEDLES FOR THE PEN
    2 SYRINGES (JUST IN CASE)
    4 INFUSION SETS
    1 QUICK-SERTA
    ALCOHOL WIPES
    IV PREP WIPES
    1 SM. EMPTY TYLENOL JAR FOR ANY SHARPS
    1 ZIP-LOC BAG (FOR USED INFUSION SETS, USED WIPES, ETC.)
    ETC.)
    GLUCOSE TABS
    GLUCOSE GEL TUBES OR GLUCOBURST PACKETS
    SMALL HAND SANITIZER
    NEOSPORIN OINTMENT
    BAND AIDS
    TISSUES (POCKET PACKS
    $5.00-$10.00 & CHANGE (TO BUY FOOD OR DRINK IN A "LOW" SITUATION)
     

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