One of these days, I will get around to actually being “wordless” but this post is something I have been wanting to do for a while-well not necessarily the writing of the post, but getting my “emergency supplies” together. The weather recently has been crazy. I live in Virginia where we aren’t necessarily tornado center but we have been seeing more and more tornado activity recently. We also had a derecho come through last year which was pretty darn scary and there is always the chance that a hurricane will stop by (but at least with a hurricane there is a lot of advance notice). We had a tornado warning a few weeks ago and last week they were calling for another derecho so it made me think that if there were a true emergency, my diabetic self would not prepared.
I always carry a snack in my purse in case I ever get low, but I so rarely get low that the snack expires well before I ever need it so I worried about putting diabetic supplies in an emergency pack for fear of them also expiring. But since this is so important, I am going to make sure I keep this updated every six months so I will rotate out the supplies that are in there to use and put in newer supplies in the bag. I have also decided to leave this emergency supplies pack above my refrigerator so if there ever is an emergency, I will grab the bag and grab insulin out of the fridge (and maybe a few diet cokes).
Contents of my emergency supply pack:
- Infusion sets
- Test strips
- Test kit (an old one)
- Insulin pump (an old one)
- CGM sensors
- Needle injector
- Alcohol swabs
- Extra pump clip
- Insulin (although to grab in emergency so it won’t go bad by not being refrigerated)
After taking the picture, I realized I was forgetting batteries so I have also added that to the list (I always forget batteries even when packing for a trip). I don’t have my CGM inserter or CGM charger since I only have one so I will have to remember those in addition to the insulin if I want to be able to keep using my CGM.
I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 19 years and have never thought to put together an emergency supply pack, but I’m glad I have one now. Do you have an emergency supply pack? Is there anything that I might be leaving out of my emergency supplies kit? Hopefully I won’t forget to switch out supplies in 6 months because the CGM sensors will expire and the test strips won’t be too far behind.