Here's what I have. (Supposed to be just a 90 day supply from my insurer)
Novolog 4 vials (use 70-90 units a day)
Alcohol swabs about 80
IV3000 Quick-Sets 65
IV3000 for Sensors about 125
AAA Batteries 12 pack
Glucose tabs 3 bottles scattered around everywhere
Glucose liquid 2
Snickers Bar 4
Lancets 4 boxes, plus about 40 loose
I don't think it is excessive, but then I do not live in a rural area. And the weather is not severe here in Maryland USA. How much ya'll stock up?
I don't think it is excessive. I try to keep a large amount of supplies on hand in case of all kinds of disasters: earthquakes and job loss (no more insurance) are my top reasons.
My pharmacy actually called me on strips....arent you going to pick these up? It's been 30 days.
So, I thought, ok if you want me to get them every 30 I just simply will.
I have some pump supplies for my Animas and now am moving on to a MM pump, so I will keep some of those in storage in case the MM pump has any problems. I usually donate used meters.
I believe we all need spare meds, no matter what.
I just havent figured out how to have spare thyroid or BP meds, except to save some when they change my dose.
Those you cant get but every thirty days.
To whom do you donate meters Laura? I have a few extras.
That's not excessive, that's just good planning. I always stock up whenever I can. There have been shortages on my insulin and test strips in the past so whenever I see em, I scoop em up and stash everything like a squirrel hiding nuts for winter! I have a little cabinet just for my D stuff!
Technically, we are all hoarders. The definition of a hoarder is:
an accumulated store hidden away for future use
When our 90 day supply of stuff comes, we stash it away for future use. I wrote about diabetic hoarders last year & put up some pics of my drawers & closets with diabetic stuff.
Thanks Judith. I watched that hoarders show and started thinking about all the stuff we have to have.
Holy smokes Kelly, that's a lot to me. I hoard glucose tabs everywhere. I have 'em in the kitchen, the basement, in three bathrooms, four bedrooms, all three vehicles, the family room, even in the garage. I give 'em to my mother, my siblings, even my neighbors. Call me crazy, but I hate going low, even though my MM723 will sound off if I go below 70. ♥ your site.
I can't remember for sure, but I think I just had a new shipment come in when I took those pics. I can't drive because of neuropathy, so I always get extra glucose so I don't run out. I am a glucose hoarder too! I keep them all over too .
Thanks for your posts. I just hate it when I have to travel with all this "stuff".
I worry most about my insulin. While I'd like to hoard it, I worry that mid-summer or mid-winter my power will go out, destroying whatever I have on hand. So -- I try to keep a little ahead but not too much. Difficult to realize my life depends on the darn vials.
Oh yes! I'm stocking up until Medicare kicks in. Unless things change in the next 6 or 8 years, they won't be covering my Omnipods or Dexcom at all, so.....I can stretch my pods for about 8 hours after the "change me" alert alarms so I try and stretch. Of course it's 2 weeks on my Dex.
Nope, my supplies are all out of pocket so I tend to only have what I'll immediately use, and only buy when I'm nearly out.
I've been known to run out of strips and can't test until the next day. Have also had to throw a vial of humalog that went cloudy and had none left (that was when I was travelling) - and had to just eat super low carb until I could get some more.
Heaven help me if something happened... guess I should have at least a stock of 1 advance vial of insulin.