{Diabetes Management} Bedroom Supplies Organization

by Leighann on March 25, 2013

My daughter’s nightstand was becoming overrun with new and used diabetes supplies. I usually check her blood sugar around 10:00 pm or so, before I go to bed, and of course any time that the DexCom alarms in the night.

Diabetes Supplies Organizer

I wanted to tidy it up a little and found this Sterilite three-drawer organizer at target for around $6-7.

Diabetes Supplies Organizer

All the supplies fit in nicely and are now off the surface of her nightstand. I did leave the Phineas and Ferb cup next to it for the “trash.”

Diabetes Supplies Organizer

Q picked out some puffy heart stickers to fancy it up a little.

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Our bedroom supply drawer includes:

  • Lancing device and lancets
  • Blood glucose test strips
  • Glucagon emergency kit
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Extra pod
  • Opsite Flexifix (read the tutorial on cutting it to fit the DexCom)
  • Juice boxes and Smarties
  • Will likely add a back up blood glucose meter as well as a blood ketone meter and strips

We use her OmniPod PDM to check her blood sugar and she brings that up at bedtime.

What do you keep on your child’s nightstand for testing and treating overnight? How do you keep it organized?

Further Reading

Opsite FlexiFix Tutorial

More posts about treating low blood sugars

Forbidden Fruit or Good Hypo Treatment? (Why we sometimes reach for Smarties instead of glucose tablets)

How Low Can You Go? (Cost comparison of several low blood sugar treatments)

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 katy March 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Ooh, love. Pictures of other people’s tidy nooks are such a treat.

I saw the mega Smarties at Old Navy!


2 jenn March 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm

we actually don’t keep anything in her bedroom, but the bathroom and linen closet are stocked!


3 Leighann March 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

We used to keep everything in the bathroom, too. But I’m so groggy in the night and try not to open both eyes, lol! Things slowly migrated to her room.


4 Danielle March 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Do you have a specific time that you eat dinner? We have been eating at 5 since Eliza was diagnosed in December so that we could wait about 3-31/2 hrs to check her before bed. Bedtime always ends up being much later than it used to…which was at 7…but Endo wanted us to wait after dinner to check her before bed.


5 Leighann March 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

We’ve always had dinner at 6 and bedtime check at 8pm. That’s only 2 hours in between, but there’s no way we could wait that long. Of course sometimes she still has insulin working at bedtime. I usually either check her BG (or look at her CGM if it has been accurate) before I go to bed around 10 or 10:30.

You might ask your endo or CDE to help you refine how you do things based on your family’s schedule rather than trying to change your schedule to for diabetes. Perhaps you could do things a little differently, maybe checking her at YOUR bedtime instead of HER bedtime.


6 Danielle March 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

Thanks! I figured that is what others do…I am guessing she would still be kinda high two hours after dinner. She is honeymooning or coming out of honeymoon can’t really tell with the wacky numbers lately. These days my bedtime is whenever our 7 week old goes to bed lol. My husband usually puts our other two to bed and then goes to work until 2am- when he comes home to check her- sleeps and then goes back to work at 6am. We have a crazy schedule at the moment.


7 April March 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

Our son has his own small fridge/freezer, with a similar organizer on top of it. Ours is larger to hold diabetic and asthma supplies. He often has to have breathing treatments during the night. Fortunately, his blood sugars have been level at night. It is nice for our large family to keep all of his supplies and snacks in his room (and locked up…). He is old enough to administer all his meds (with slight parental supervision). I periodically download his pump stats while he takes his shower. It gives me piece of mind that he’s staying on track with a graph and good A1C to prove it. I think it’s important for him to have everything in his room for privacy and confidence for himself. With all his medical issues, the more confidence, the better!!!


8 Kathy July 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

I have had a child with diabetes for 29 years. At 3 our world changed; it was at the time where test strips had just come on the market. Meters cost about $500, numerous daily shots and finger pokes with primitive devices, long thick needles with large syringes. Guessing activity levels for the day and juggling 3 types of insulin was our life. Schools were freaked out by finger pricks and shots… and there were no cell phones! To make my story short, I didn’t put on display for all to see a reminder of diabetes. The only visual was his medic alert he wore. I had all items handy, in containers I could transport as needed, but the last thing a growing child needs is a large visual reminder for them and their friends to see saying they are different. Yes, they are very special kids, but they want to be like everyone else. As my son often would say, “mom, I am not sick as long as I take care of myself!”


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