{Diabetes Management} Overnight Supply Kit

by Leighann on January 18, 2012

We have a two-story house and I’m usually pretty groggy when I check on Q in the middle of the night. I try to zombie my way through overnight checks with one eye only slightly open in hopes that I can fall back asleep. After a couple of nights when I had to go all the way downstairs for some supply or another, I put together a little kit that we keep in the kids’ bathroom upstairs.

At bedtime we bring Q’s pump pouch and the clipboard where we log her numbers and put it on the bathroom counter. Usually this is all we need.

But if there is a high or low blood sugar to deal with overnight, I have our supplies at the ready to minimize my activity and thinking at 2:00 am.

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Overnight Supply Kit

  • Blood glucose meter and strips
  • Extra vial of blood glucose test strips
  • Blood ketone meter and strips
  • Syringes
  • Supplies for 2 pump changes (pod, alcohol swab, Q-tip in baggie)
  • 2 juice boxes
  • Fast-acting sugar such as glucose tablets or Smarties
  • Glucagon

I purchased this plastic box at Target, but I have seen the same one at Michael’s. I like it because the lid locks down and it stays closed.

The extra meter is just in case the meter on her PDM wouldn’t work for some reason or if the PDM was still downstairs.

The blood ketone meter is awesome for overnight because I can check for ketones while she sleeps and she doesn’t even wake up.

The syringes are in case I would have to give her insulin by syringe if her pump failed and her blood sugar was very high. In two years of pumping, I’ve only had to do this twice and the one time I probably could have bolused with the new site.

Syringes can also be used for mini-glucagon to treat severe hypoglycemia. (I’ve never done this. Our endo has gone over the procedure with me but asked that I call her if I felt like I needed to do this to access the situation.)

If you were wondering, I keep the syringes in an empty FreeStyle lancets box. They fit in there nicely. I’ve been on the lookout for a small plastic container that will hold a few syringes, but haven’t found the perfect one yet.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stacey D. January 18, 2012 at 7:47 am

This is actually a very clever idea. Our apartment is only one level but I’m still lazy enough to have lots of things on my nightstand – no getting up at all! 😉 I see a lot of familiar things in your pictures too. I have the same plastic box (although it holds papers & stuff in my room), use the same juice for lows and the same pink meter case. Great choices 🙂


2 Shana Fisher January 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

That must be the perfect diabetes supply box…I use the same one for my daughter’s school kit. Perfect size and I also love how it locks in place.


3 Jessica P January 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I also have a box like this at the foot of my daughter’s bed. Baby wipes, meter case, 4-5 juice boxes and peanut butter crackers if she’s on the low side at bedtime. Makes nighttime checks much easier!


4 jenni@talkinghairdryer January 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Never thought of it before, but would a travel toothbrush holder fit well with the syringes?


5 Leighann January 20, 2012 at 8:45 am

Thanks for the suggestion. I have looked at a couple of toothbrush holders but they were too long. I’m still on the hunt!


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