Lesson 1 - GET TRUCK LOADS OF SUPPLIES!!
Heres some of our supplies thought it may be interesting for diabetes beginners -
The big boxes you can see with the grey pen on top is Reubens current insulin called Lantus. It is a long profile basal analogue he gets one shot a day (in the buttocks). To prep that pen you screw on a needle top 4mm in length, dial up the dosage and squeeze the button on the end. When he eats he gets another quick acting insulin called novorapid. As the name suggests it peaks rapidly. Infact it begins working within 15 mins of the injections at meal times and fades out its action after 5 hours. It corrects a high blood sugar and also covers the carbohydrates he is going to eat.
Next is a medical alert bracelet. We got ours over the internet
after searching jewelery stores without much luck, settled on one from a company called level living. They seemed to remember that children get diabetes also.
Its a soft quick dry fabric for little hands and most importantly has a tight clip and a medic alert plate that reads - INSULIN DEPENDENT - In Emergency call 000. Imagine something happening to me - and nobody knowing Reuben had a bunch of insulin in his system and was needing his next meal within 30 mins....
It has cute colorful trucks printed on it. Awwww.
I couldnt deny Reubs a pic since hes such a gorgeous patient kid :)
Every diabetic should own a few blood glucose meters and a record book. It helps you recall where you were, look for patterns and to adjust insulin doses.
Plenty of people plug the meter into a pc and download them on a program. Maybe someone who does this could comment or do a guest post for me!!
The long gray pen looking thing is the lancet (has 6 needles inside much like a gun barrel). A lancing devices pricks your finger at adjustable depths to get a good droplet of blood to put onto a test strip. The little meter shown here is our 4th. We have the performa, optium exceed, accuchek mobile and this the freestyle light. I like them all for different reasons. This one in particular I would recommend to people with diabetic children as it takes a miniscule amount of blood!
Supply overload! Needles for pens, plain old syringes, ketone urine strips, ketone blood strips, spare strips for 4 blood glucose monitors, glucodin glucose powder (useful to mix with juice and milk when young kids dont want to drink large quantities.) 4 lancing devices and 3 spare meters. 4 tubes of glucose gel, each tube is 15 grams of glucose. Honey, syringe for the honey or lucozade, finger wipes, spare lancet refills. In his carry about case we have antiseptic hand wash, a needle clipper to take the end off the sharp so they can be disposed of minus the needle, his lantus and novorapid pens, spare needle tops and syringes, glucose tablets and orange glucagon case (for unconscious hypos where food cant be taken by mouth).
That was a big post but before diabetes I had NO idea about needles and such... so perhaps it was of help to someone!
**NB Id love to see pictures of other diabetic's supply stashes. I bet someone could prove that my stash isnt so big afterall!