Spring weather is often turbulent, so it’s a good time to take stock and make sure you are prepared for an emergency by having a stash of diabetes supplies at the ready. This is an excerpt from the chapter titled “Diabetes Central.”
Diabetes Preparedness Kit
Q learned about “preparedness” at school and had the idea to make a diabetes preparedness kit at home. Every part of the country has some type of severe weather, and you need to be prepared in case you have to take shelter or leave the house quickly. I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of this before. In the past when we heard tornado sirens, I swooped up some supplies and ran downstairs. Now we have a kit stocked with everything we might need (except insulin), and I keep it in the pantry where we take cover. We store insulin in the refrigerator because it needs to be kept cool, but we can quickly grab it if needed.
Keep your kit in a designated spot so that it can be grabbed quickly, and don’t forget to rotate any supplies that might expire. The plastic container we purchased has two interlocking tiers. The diabetes supplies are in the top tier, and bottled water and snacks are in the bottom. Because this kit is stocked with everything we need, we also take the kit with us when we travel or go camping, or when Q has a sleepover at her grandparents’ house.
Diabetes Preparedness Kit
(Tailor to the supplies that you use.)
- Plastic container, ideally with a handle so that it’s portable
- Blood glucose meter
- Blood glucose test strips
- Blood ketone meter and blood ketone strips OR urine ketone strips
- Lancing device
- Alcohol swabs
- Syringes (for both MDI and pump users)
- Insulin pen (if you use it)
- Pen needles (if you use them)
- Insulin pump supplies (enough for two changes)
- Glucose tablets or other quick acting source of sugar
- Cake icing gel
- Glucagon kit
- Small scissors
- Waterproof tape (if you use it)
- Baby oil or adhesive remover
- First aid kit
- Frio cooling wallet
- Bottled water
- Protein bars and other snacks
If you’d like to learn more about the book, you can read more on the Kids First, Diabetes Second book page. It’s available widely in print and as an eBook from book sellers such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and IndieBound. And if you do read it and find it to be a valuable resource, I would greatly appreciate if you could write a review on any of the online retail sites. Thanks!
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Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.