Saturday, September 23, 2017

Emergency Room Packing List

Unfortunately these past two weeks have been bombarded by 3 ER trips due to dehydration and a kidney infection. I'm glad to say I'm still dealing with some pelvic pain but I'm okay! When you're chronically ill, you have the potential of ending up in the Emergency Room more frequently than you'd ever like to. So, since I have the most organized mother on the planet (thanks mom), she has a packing list of things we can throw together if we have to head there. This way we don't forget anything, and it's come in pretty handy for us.

1. iPad/phone/iPod with chargers
This is probably the most obvious one but the most crucial. Unless you are the most easygoing and patient people in the world, you'll want to have one of these with you.

2. Extra power banks
With our system here in Canada, ER trips can be long. Excruciatingly so. So whatever piece of technology you've brought with you is likely to lose it's battery and die. That's where having these power banks stocked up and ready to come will come in handy, especially when there are no plugs around. You charge it up before you go, or having some always ready and charged is good.

3. Extra underwear 
I think this one needs no explanation.

4.Lip balm
 The hospital air tends to dry out my lips and when I realize I have lip balm on me, I'm always glad that I have it. (Strawberry EOS is my personal favorite)

5. Hand cream
The hospital soap dries up your hands like nothing else. Assuming you'll probably want to be washing your hands or using hand sanitizer all the time, because, well, the ER is germy place, you'll be super glad to have hand cream of some sort with you once your hands are all dried up. We tend to use Aveeno, just cause.

6. A list of your medications with the dosages
They will always ask for your medications, and with so many it's easy to forget. So make life easier on yourself and bring a list. The nurses and doctors will appreciate it too.

7. A list of allergies 
I'm lucky enough to have no allergies, but I have friends who do. Again, they're bound to ask you about allergies, and for some of you they may all be hard to remember.

 8. Hospital cards
It's not the end of the world if you forget them if you have your health card. But make sure you have some type of card!

 9. Any medications that might be needed
With some of your medications you may know in advance that the ER doesn't carry them. So it's always good to have them on you just in case.

 10. Books/crossword books/colouring books/any other form of entertainment.
 Whatever floats your boat!

11. Change for vending machines.
There will always be vending machines so it's good to have change on you in case you, or a family member, or a friend need something to eat or drink.

12. Easy to slide on shoes 
You definitely don't want to be having to put sneakers or boots or anything like that on every time you have to go to the bathroom. So bringing either flip flops, or slippers will make life a whole lot easier.
 Hopefully this is helpful to smoeone!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

You know you have Type 1 when...

1. People can always find you.. because you leave a trail of test strips everywhere you go.  


2. You hear the word basal, you definitely don't think of basil, the herb.


3. You've been asked "Are you sure can eat that?"


4. You hate math but have somehow been forced to try to be a mathematician. 


5.  You get super excited when you see someone else with a CGM, pump, or meter in the wild. ONE OF MY PEOPLE!


6. You understand the occasional struggle of trying to get blood out of your finger no matter how many times you prick yourself.


7. You've heard someone say "You have Diabetes? But you're not fat."


8. You've had the pain of pulling yourself out of a dead sleep to treat a low.


9. A juice box has saved your life.


10. Packing for a trip is doubly as hard because you can't forget any medications. Or back ups. Or more back ups. 

11. You've been given a regular drink instead of diet at a restaurant and suffered the consequences.


12. You have dug through the trash trying to find the nutritional info on the package of something.


13. You've forgotten whether or not you've given your insulin or not.


14. Your lancet gets changed as frequently as a lunar eclipse.


15. You've become a pro at giving injections in a moving vehicle.

16. You have had one test strip left and your meter shows an error.


17. You've been told that you can cure your diabetes with kale or something along those lines.



18. You get all pumped up when someone knows the difference between Type 1 and Type 2.



19. You’ve given yourself insulin for something you didn’t t know the carbs of and magically end up with a perfect BG.



20. You’ve given yourself insulin for something you don't know the carbs of and failed miserably.



21. You know how tiring it is to live with a life with a disease that is like a full time job, but it’s made you stronger than you ever thought you could be. 



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Well Wishes to Florida

I had a blog to post today but I decided to postpone it and just send all my best wishes to those in the path of Hurricane Irma. It just feels wrong to think of anything else. 

For those with chronic illnesses, there are so many variables that can cause issues and there is so much preparing to be done. 

Earlier today, my friend Ashlyn posted this.

"Preparing for a hurricane with T1D is a whole different ball game. As of now, we are riding out the storm at home, but we decided to pack valuables in case we get put under mandatory evacuation. My first priority had to be diabetes supplies. 3 months of insulin pumps, Dexcom sensors, 5 vials of Novalog, 5 Lantus pens, over 1000 test strips, pen needles, syringes, ketone strips, PDM (pump remote)... the list of what it takes to keep myself alive goes on. If our house and belongings were to be seriously damaged, without salvaging what is in this suitcase, I wouldn't not be able to survive. Please keep everyone in this storm's path in your prayers, especially those living with life threatening medical conditions having to evacuate. FL T1D friends, PLEASE pack up your supplies, just in case. You do not want to be stuck in a shelter somewhere wondering if you have enough insulin to make it."

Her words say everything. All my thoughts over the next days will be with her, who is currently evacuating, and to everyone else in the wake of this. I'm wishing for your safety, for your health, and for your homes.