Good morning! How was your weekend? It’s been a gloomy couple of days here in NH and the week ahead doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. Thankfully the sun poked it’s head out just for a minute and stopped raining so I was able to get some good photos of what’s in my car. Here is an official car tour of a type 1 diabetic.
Car Tour of a Type 1 Diabetic
My car is loaded with T1D supplies; you know, for those “Oh sh*t I forgot my (insert diabetes supply here)” moments. The problem is, some T1D supplies are temperature sensitive and don’t do well when baking in a 150 degree car, or freezing at -10 degrees. I always love hearing/seeing how other diabetics pack their cars, so let me know in the comments below if you do anything the same or differently.
1. Glucose Tablets
Glucose Tablets are my go to when treating a low. They taste like crap, but the get my blood sugar back into range FAST! Also, I never overtreat a low because the less chalk I have to eat the better. They’re also great for the car because they aren’t temperature sensitive like juice or candy.
2. Non Glucose-Tablet Sugar Snacks
When low’s aren’t overly urgent (like a steady 65 mg/dL) I will typically snack on a non glucose-tablet source of sugar; one that I actually enjoy eating. Lately I have been loving these individually wrapped prunes.
I’ve noticed that when I have snacks that are not individually wrapped (like a bag of jelly beans) I’m constantly reaching for them while I drive. It’s so easy to sneak my hand in and grab a few. I then convince myself that at the next red light I’ll bolus for all the extra I ate, but I forget and BAM! Now I’m dealing with high blood sugar.
Having “extras” on hand has been a huge life saver. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten all the way to work only to find out I only have 1 test strip left. Or just when I’m about to do a finger stick my meter battery dies. I always keep an extra set of the following:
- Test strips
- Pump pods
- Batteries (for both my pump and meter)
- Alcohol swabs
If insulin wasn’t so temperature sensitive I’d stash extras of that in my car too. When I was on MDI I can’t tell you how many times I’d have to turn around or leave early because I forgot my insulin pen at the house. Grr!
4. Non-Diabetes Related
I also carry a whole slew of non-related diabetes stuff in my car because although I may not survive a zombie apocalypse very long, I will survive for at least a week with all these other things. Amongst this list are:
- Phone Charger (which doubles as my Dexcom CGM charger)
- Gum (mostly for that awful mouth taste of a high blood sugar)
- Lighters & matches
- Seat Belt Cutter