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Girls...what diabetes supplies do you carry in your purse for emergencies? Boys...feel free to respond on what you carry as well.

I feel like my purse weights 15lbs. I wonder if I'm too prepared or not???

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Really any form of sugar will do. I usually have some kind of candy. Insulin is a must as well. To think I used to take one shot of NPH in the morning and wherever the levels ran they ran. I wasn't even seeing an endo from my late teens to my early 30's.

If you're purse feels like it weighs 15 lbs you're probably doing it right. Here's the D-stuff I take when I leave home each day for work:

  • Meter
  • About 100 test strips
  • 2-3 extra infusion sets
  • Extra insulin (one pen, one vial)
  • 2 extra reservoirs
  • Glucagon kit
  • juice (2 small boxes)
  • glucotabs
  • Jelly beans
  • A couple of snack bars
  • Syringes (in case my pump stops working)

I probably take more than most folks, but I work in DC and live in the 'burbs. My commute is just long enough where if something happens, there's a chance I won't make it home and will have to crash at a friend's place.  In fact, this happened when we had the earthquake here last summer. It wasn't that bad, but Metro shut down for a long period of time and I had an early day in the office the next day.  Thankfully, a coworker offered to let me stay at her place, and I was SO glad I had all my extra D stuff with me.  It came in handy!

I just got a new purse/backpack cause my shoulder could not take it anymore lol, I carry 3-4pods insulin, meter, full vial of test strips, couple packets of penut butter crackers, glucose tabs, and I'll double all that if I know im going to go to town I live 30miles away from the city so when I go visit my family I have to double on everything..

I have my meter and strips, blood drop getter, glucose tabs, batteries.

My test kit, a couple of pre-portioned bags of jelly beans, 1-2 granola bars. Have you ever actually weighed your purse? Mine is about 9 pounds. I also carry an abundance of lip gloss and hand cream (as as diabetic, I find my hands and lips are always dry). I also carry a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Good discussion question!

What are jelly beans? thank you for the answer. I live in France.

Jelly Beans
Mike & Ike, jelly belly, fèves en gelée, haricots colorés, dragée à la gelée de sucre. Jujubes en fomre de fève à saveur de fruits.


Ok. Many thanks.

Oh, Jean how could you! The Fruits en poudre look amazing, and with a hole to stick on your key chain. I WANT SOME!!! LOL

Well, I feel your pain, jrtpup. This is pathetic, but among all the many things I miss about France, high on the list are French M&M's. I'm not kidding. They're made from the FINEST dark chocolate you can imagine -- 100 times better than anything made in les États-Unis -- they're a funny shape, too.

I don't know why, but every once in a while I REALLY want a bag of those darn things -- I'm just grateful that they're across the pond where I can't get at them.

The food in France really is divine. I was walking there for five or six hours per day -- and went up and down at least 16-20 flights of stairs per day -- and didn't lose an ounce in the year I lived there. I was easily compensating for all my exercise with crêpes from the street vendors, pâté and sliced tomato on baguettes, café crème avec pâtisserie and hearty dishes like cassoulet.

I'm sure all the walking and stair-climbing is what kept me alive, because without all that exercise, I'd probably have keeled over -- I was powerless in the face of French cuisine!

+1 to the jelly beans!

ar - I think it was a previous post that you commented on about the jelly beans that convinced me to start carrying them instead of juice boxes! Thanks!




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