Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

My empty bag

I was inspired by Kerri’s post on Wednesday about her diabetes grab bag (and Stacey’s follow up version) to take a picture of my diabetes “grab bag.”

Currently, I don’t exactly have a grab bag, it’s more like a bunch of stuff scattered throughout my purse. I obviously carry more when I am traveling, but these are the products that are with me on a daily basis.

  1. A Diet Coke themed wristlet purchased from the Coke Museum last Thanksgiving with Victoria. If anyone knows how I can get my hands on a Diet Pepsi version, I’d really prefer that. Hold items 2-5.
  2. The cap for the iBGStar meter. Used when the meter is not connected to an iDevice.
  3. FastClix. My preferred lancing device. It’s on lancet #3 which means I’m technically carrying a few spare lancets too. 
  4. A few used test strips. The wristlet has an inside pocket. Apparently it holds quite a bit. It’s empty now. 
  5. iBGStar test strips. Vial of 50 roughly the same size as item 8, which only holds 25. Hmmm.
  6. Meter. Nutritional information database/carbohydrate counter. Logging app.
  7. Ping remote. Particularly helpful when I’m wearing a dress or otherwise want to bolus discreetly. I don’t use it every day but when I do, I am VERY thankful for this device.
  8. Test strips from item 7. 
  9. Batteries. Two triple As for the meter, one double A for the Animas Ping pump.
  10. Glucose tabs. Just yesterday I ran out of Glucolift tabs in my travel tube and had to mix flavors. I didn’t really notice how much better the Glucolift tablets taste until I had one so close to a generic tab.
  11. Dexcom receiver. Has the amazing ability to fall out of the side pocket of my purse and bury itself deep in my bag, found only when it beeps.
  12. Trail mix. Please explain how Walgreens brand is so good.



I don’t carry any extra insulin with me. Peeking into other grab bags makes me feel a little guilty/worried about this. Anyone else not carry back-up insulin?

  • Melissa says:

    I think I may need to join the trend of a “grab bag” post. I don’t carry extra insulin or extra pump supplies. Working a 8-5 job, I’m not worried about this because during the week, I’ll just run home if needed (not the best situation, but it’s an option). I also do have an extra infusion set in my desk at work. I’m afraid keeping insulin at work, it would expire before I would ever use it. If my situation ever changes, I may carry extra insulin, but for now – I’m not worried about it.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:50 am
  • ddad says:

    If you carry a syringe in your bag, you can always pull insulin out of the ping reservoir in an emergency. Good thing about this is that you don’t have to worry about the backup insulin bottle/pen going bad (and you have one less thing to carry around).

    October 26, 2012 at 10:11 am
  • Jeff says:

    I, too, will have to show what’s in my bag/case/whatever. I carry insulin most of the time, and sometimes I even carry a syringe, too.

    Are you sure the Walgreens trail mix tastes good? Because their glucose tablets are like reheated death.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm
  • Katie says:

    I don’t carry back up insulin with me either. I keep my supply at home and I keep a bottle in the office fridge, but nothing actually on me at all times. Though coincidentally, my pump resivoir ran empty about 2 hours before I got home yesterday. I got home to a lovely 315, but that’s my own fault for forgetting to change it before I left.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm
  • Jasmine says:

    Here’s the one I did last May during D-Blog Week: http://silverlined-details.blogspot.it/2012/05/diabetes-blog-week-saturday-snapshots.html

    October 27, 2012 at 7:10 am
  • shannon says:

    we don’t carry backup insulin unless we’re going to be away from home for a while. cute little bag! i’m gonna have to try that walgreens trail mix out.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm
  • JessK says:

    I don’t carry insulin either. I just carry a few syringes to steal insulin from my insulin reservoir if I find myself in need of a manual shot if/when my site fails or gets yanked out.

    October 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm
  • victoria says:

    Three cheers for the Diet Coke wristlet. We should do that again. But this time, before they close, in the daylight hours and without handguns. #funtimes

    October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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