Wordless Wednesday-Emergency Supplies

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Emergency Supplies

Emergency Supplies

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:

  •  Reservoirs
  • Infusion sets
  • Test strips
  • Test kit (an old one)
  • Insulin pump (an old one)
  • CGM sensors
  • Needles
  • Needle injector
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Lancets
  • Tape
  • 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.

Emergency supplies packed up

Emergency supplies packed up

10 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday-Emergency Supplies

  1. I’d also throw in a bottle of glucose tabs and peanut butter crackers or hearty granola bar type things. You’ll have to monitor expiration, but I’d throw some food in there too.

    • Thanks for the suggestion! I didn’t even think about what to pack for low blood sugar since I’m not usually low, but I need to get my blood sugars lower so planning for a low would be smart! Thanks 🙂

  2. Great idea. I lived on the Outer Banks when we had a hurricane and still haven’t kept up with an emergency kit. I need to pack one.

    I’d throw some real cokes in there!

  3. Good idea thinking of the emergency kit in general, and remembering the batteries in specific. When there’s a massive power outage, those are among the first things to sell out at stores.

    Do you ever need to inject? If so, you might want to include a couple of syringes or insulin pens in there.

    • Thanks 🙂 Yeah, I put a few needles and my injector in there but I haven’t done a shot since 1997 so it would make me so nervous, but I’m prepared if need be 🙂

  4. So I’m not the only one crazy enough to carry an extra pump! My “kit”, which I take with me – as a general rule – if I’m traveling more than 30 minutes from home – includes an old MM 515 pump, a vial of ketone-strips (so I know if my pump is dead), a vial of insulin, one spare infusion set and reservoir, an extra tube of test strips (but no meter), a syringe, an old reservoir plunger, a AAA battery, a penny, and some medical tape. (The glucose tabs stay in my pocket separately from the kit)

    As of last Thursday, when my son was raced to the Emergency Room after eating a peanut, I also carry an EpiPen Junior – but that’s not for me.

    I always do my routine set changes from the stuff in this kit, then I replenish it. That way, the perishables in here get rotated and don’t go bad.

    • Ah, I didn’t even think about ketone strips (probably because I never use them but should!). Eek-hope your son is feeling better now! That’s also a good suggestion to start taking my kit with me whenever I travel over 30 minutes. I must admit if I know I’m only going to be gone for the day, I don’t usually take anything with me and that could be really bad if an emergency actually did happen.

      • Well, I live just outside of New York City and take public transportation somewhat frequently. When you’re here, things can (and do) happen and you always need to be extra vigilant. Just earlier this week, a commuter train derailed and passengers were stranded for hours. I need to be prepared.

        My son is fine now, thanks. He’s still got a small bruise on his thigh from the EpiPen. I think the person who injected it must have hit muscle… she’s not as well-versed in injection sites as I am.

        • Aw yeah, that makes total sense. I live in VA and don’t usually take public transportation but Interstate 95 can keep me jammed for some time (esp Friday afternoon going 95S from DC to Richmond-you don’t want to do it!). I’m sort of thinking about celebrating my 20th Diaversary in NYC in December so I might have to get some tips on what to check out from you-I’ve never been to NYC!

          Glad your son is doing better now. 🙂

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