What a type 1 diabetic’s handbag should always contain

 

     A woman’s handbag is precious to her. Inside she may have headache relief medicine, a cell phone, tampons, make-up, a mirror, her money and checkbook, and possibly a note pad and paper. A diabetic woman’s bag should contain a few additional items:

1. If you don’t wear some sort of diabetic alert bracelet or necklace, you should have a medic alert card or some kind of ID in your purse containing information about your diabetes including the fact you are insulin-dependent.

2. A tube of glucose gel. This can be purchased at your local pharmacy. I get one called “Insta-Glucose”  Someone uses this in the case you go unconscious from low blood sugar because it slides down the throat.

3. A Glucagon injection kit. This is also used in the case you are unconscious from low glucose but, it is an injection. Loved ones with whom you spend a lot of time should review the instructions of how to use this. Make sure yours has not expired. This is only provided by prescription from a doctor.

4. Plenty of glucose tablets. I recommend these over juice or candy because it is easy to drink too much juice or eat too much unmeasured sugar in candy. Either way you choose to do it, keep enough sugar for back up. This is to avoid the case where you use one sugar stash in an emergency and are then left with none. What if your sugar drops again? I always keep a back up sugar supply just in case. Occasionally, my blood sugar drops so low I need double the amount of sugar, as well.

5. Glucose meter with enough strips in case you were to get stranded somewhere. Don’t leave the house with less than 10 strips!

6. Insulin and more than one syringe if you do injections.

7. If on a long trip or far from home, make sure you have a lot of extra supplies handy. You never know what could happen. The hassle today could save you from a big one tomorrow!

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