Justin's Story

Monday, May 15, 2017


Diabetes can sometimes seem to play by a rulebook that makes no sense, tossing out unexpected challenges at random.  What are your best tips for being prepared when the unexpected happens?  Or, take this topic another way and tell us about some good things diabetes has brought into your, or your loved one’s, life that you never could have expected?  (Thank you, Heather, for inspiring this topic!)

Being prepared with T1D......Things we carry with us on a daily basis for things around town include, meter(in his case we also have batteries for the pump & meter and a syringe in case pump site falls off I could take insulin from the pump),low snacks, glucagon.  As far as trips go, I pack like its the zombie apocalypse LOL!!   What ever diabetes could throw at us I'm ready.  I use a big Tupperware and pack all diabetes supplies in it, except for the insulin which is in the cooler.  My best tip would be just to not get so uptight about carrying so much stuff everywhere, if your going to the grocery store or target or something like that you most likely aren't that far from your house.  So if a pump site comes off, I have a syringe and can get some insulin from the pump if he needs it.  We can get home and put a new site on.  I don't feel the need to run out to the car and put a new one on immediately. I realize people do and that's OK, just not how we roll.  I've learned to do what YOUR comfortable with.  I would hate for someone to read this and stop carrying things that makes them secure. Whatever works for you and your T1D is what you should be doing!


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