This is what I leave the house with each morning when I go to work:
I am a little on the paranoid side because I work downtown and have a somewhat long commute. I have gotten stuck at work a couple of times because of weather events and other things, so I always like to make sure I have enough stuff to get me through a few days. My office is also stocked with some extra stuff (infusion sets, reservoirs, insulin, spare meter, test strips, etc).
Holy crap. I leave the house with 1 glucometer with strips and lancet and 1 humalog kwikpen. I have pen needles in my drawer at work. I have jelly beans in my car. If I had to be organized like mybustedpancreas, I would never get to work. Good thing I am on MDI ! But at the same time, I work 2.5 miles from my home and have never been stuck in my office without being able to get back home.
Depends how far I'm going. If I'm local...my skittles and meter/lancet/strips. Any further and I have a pack with an extra infusion set, reservoir, alc swabs, insulin, spare batteries for pump/meter, dexcom charging cable just in case, extra snacks like nut bars. It's almost all already packed - just have to throw in the insulin and go. Frio if it's super hot.
I ALWAYS HAVE PUMP SUPPLIES & METER + EXTRA LANCETS & STRIPS & GLUCOSE TABS & JUICE & APPLE SAUCE & DRY CEREAL IN A LITTLE CONTAINER & HUMALOG & SYRINGES & ??? ETC...DID I FORGET SOMETHING?
Glucose Tabs are a must. I also take my meter every where with me. I don't have a pump yet so right now the glucose and meter is all I really carry with me unless I am going to be eating while I am out then of course a couple needles and my insulin.
I try to always carry:
-meter & lancing device (with extra lancets & 10+ test strips)
-Levemir & Novolog pens (currently in a frio case)
-a few pen needles
-small sharps container (empty test strip canister)
-candy: gumdrops (2.5g carbs/per piece for a mild low when I just need one or maybe two) & mints (5g carbs/per piece)
-a few bucks in case I need to buy some candy or juice/soda
-and I try to remember to put on my medical id bracelet
It's a lot of stuff, but I feel more secure when I know I have everything I could possibly need! I live in Brooklyn, and once I get to Manhattan, it's not convenient to make a pit stop at home to pick up supplies, so I better be prepared for anything! All the planning allows me to feel more spontaneous once I'm finally out of the apartment with all my gear.
do people really still use alcohol preps ? I mean those on MDI, not the pumpers.
I do because I am parnoid of infections etc. I have been told I don't really need to.
paranoia is an unreasonable fear, I don't think it is unreasonable to fear infections. But at the same time, I use pens, and nano needles, I lick my finger after I have checked my blood sugar, and I can't even remember the last time I used an alcohol prep. Wait it was when I was using a demo omnipod and it came with the demo kit, so I figured when in Rome.....But I have never had an infection I could attribute to not using a prep so I don't use them.
Yeah, I've heard it's not necessary, but it's part of the ritual for me right now. I just started taking insulin a few months ago and I'm still getting used to it, so wiping down the injection site helps me get psyched up to take the shot!
After 37 years of taking shots, I guess I just don't need to get psyched up anymore. But I respect if it is part of the ritual. When I was first diagnosed wiping down the insulin vial and site was definitely part of the ritual. Now with the pens it's probably not needed.
On a daily basis? I just wear my pump, carry a syringe and extra battery, my bg meter (with lots of cotton balls and xtra lancets), and a small baggie of cinnamon mints. I don't carry extra sets or insulin because I figure if my pump goes whacky or my set pulls out, I can always shut it off and draw up insulin from the reservoir with the syringe.
If I'm going anywhere overnight, however, I also bring a bottle of insulin and two extra sets and reservoirs. And on vacation? Heck...I need a suitcase just for my diabetic supplies.