RE: [IP] Being prepared...
in a small bag(like shaving bag) I have
1 infusion set
2 AAA battery for Ultra link meter
1 AA battery for 722 pump
1 reservoir of U-500 Insulin
1 vial U-100 insulin
2 skin prep
2 alcohol wipes
1 plunger and adapter in medicine bottle
1 bottle of test strips
I also have 1 Styrofoam container that my insulin is shipped in
my car. Winter here can go to -30 deg F.
I always rotate the supplies in the bag.
The bag is always with me , I carry it from the house to the car and back.
That usually means that I am no longer than 10 minutes away from it.
I had one instance of pulling my set out when doing physical therapy at a
hospital 50 miles from Home. Glad I had the emergency kit.
John S Wilkinson Rome, NY
When you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance. I hope you dance. Lee Ann Womack
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Sent: Friday, April 15, 2011 1:43 AM
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Subject: [IP] Being prepared...
Sometimes I have to be kicked in the head to learn something.
I work the midnight to 8 am shift, and yesterday morning at about 5 am, I
got the no delivery sound from my pump. I knew that the reservoir had run
dry, as I had had a couple of low reservoir warnings earlier. I went to my
bag to pull out the little baggie with a new set, insulin, new reservoir,
skin prep and tegaderm that I had gotten ready before I left for work in
preparation for a changeout.... It wasn't there. I had left it at home. So
I was sitting at work, out of insulin, with three hours left to go on my
shift, a physical therapy appointment immediately after work, and I hadn't
eaten since the previous evening at around 6 pm (having anticipated one of
the bagels that a coworker brings in every Thursday).
I cancelled the physical therapy appointment and of course didn't eat
anything, and drove home at 8 am as fast as possible. With traffic, I got
home around 9 am. BG was about 215 when I got home so all ended up ok
though I knew it might continue to rise as a delayed reaction, but now I
would have insulin to deal with it.
I used to keep an unopened vial of insulin at work but stopped because I
never used it. I do keep an extra set and a reservoir plunger and
connector in case of problem with the set.
So, even though I know better, I had to have it happen to be reminded to be
prepared. I know I should carry extra supplies with me, but I've gotten
very lazy about it because I rarely if ever need them, and generally I'm not
far from home. Work is about 20 miles but there's a lot of traffic in the
morning going home. I think the easiest thing to do is keep my insulin I'm
using with my test kit and to leave a vial at work too.
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