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