Hi all! I am fairly new here. My 17 yr-old son was dx'd with T1 a year ago. He is on multiple daily injections. My question is how do your teens manage their diabetes when they go off with friends? What do they carry their supplies in? Especially boys since they don’t carry a purse…

My son does not like to carry his meter and other supplies in the case that his meter came in and he thinks carrying a backpack is “not cool” during the summer. He winds up cramming everything in his pockets and sometimes forgets or loses something. I had a little “mommy freak out” today when he went out with a friend and I was not there to remind him (ok nag him) to take his diabetes supplies, glucose tabs and money for food (which he forgot). I know I need to trust him to be responsible but it’s hard letting go!

Thanks for your help!

Tags: bag, responsible, supplies, teenager, teens

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Hi Sherri,
My son was diagnosed 2 years ago and is almost 14 now. He is on an omnipod pump now after a year of multiple daily injections and just recently got a Dexcom CGM as well. He initially hated the idea of having a gadget stuck to his body, but now finds it much more convenient to manage than it was on MDI. He still has to carry some stuff with him everywhere, but testing and dosing insulin with the omnipod is MUCH easier for him. The "kit" he carries his supplies in is called a Dia-Pak, (http://www.medicool.com/diabetes/diabetes_travel_dipakdel.php) and is a little bulky, but keeps everything together. I had to modify it a little to fit his pump controller, but it works great for him. They have smaller ones, too. I check it in the evenings and keep it stocked up with glucose tabs, strips, etc. Sometimes he throws it in a backpack and sometimes he just carries the kit by itself. The CGM is new to us, but he just carries the receiver for that in his pocket. What he likes about that is that he doesn't have to test as often and it gives him an alarm if he is dropping low, or going high and he can deal with it before it becomes a big problem.
Hope that helps!
--Cynthia
That's a nice case Cynthia. Does it have a handle or strap for easy carrying?

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