Where do you store your diabetes supplys?

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My 14 year old grandson, which we have custody of, was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Right now, his supplies are all over the place all of the time. He has a section of a cabinet in the kitchen now, but was wondering where and how others store supplies and where they dose. We'll be gutting the kitchen next year and are hoping you have some suggestions. We have no clue about this and never had anyone in the family with diabetes before.

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  • Both my mom and my brother had and have diabetes. For my mom, I used a pretty photo box to hold her daily supplies and I had a cabinet in an unused bedroom where I had all the extras. I also made a car kit for her for when she was out and about with a caregiver that wasn't me.


    My brother has a dresser drawer with all his supplies. He has a daily kit that he takes with him wherever he goes and also made himself a travel kit too.


    Since we live in earthquake country, I always had at least an additional 2 week supply in case of emergency or disaster.


    Here are some sites that may be helpful.


    https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/managing-diabetes-your-way/life-hacks-manage-organize-diabetes-supplies


    https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/loop-blog/4-tips-for-organizing-your-diabetes-supplies/


    https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-a-complete-diabetes-travel-kit-3289647


    Diabetes is a difficult illness and if not taken seriously, can be detrimental. With a14 year old, it is not going to be easy, but diet and exercise are paramount in his care. Work closely with his doctor. I have seen people, including kids get a lot better to almost needing no medication if they are dedicated to their health. It is not easy, but can be done. My sister in law was just "over the line" and managed to reverse the illness by switching jobs, cooking her own food, and just walking every day. Yes she still enjoys meals out but knows now how to eat. Yes she still eats a french fry or a sweet treat here and there but with a good doctors care, a nutritionist and exercise she can live a long and healthy life.

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    • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Oct 04, 2018

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

  • Kc Kc on Oct 04, 2018

    Type 1 diabetes runs in the male side of my family. All of them have developed it, some earlier than others. Both of my brothers have/(had) it and being smart about it meant the difference between life and death, literally.

    My older brother has lived with diabetes for over 50 years since adolescent onset. He has always been mindful of his disease and how it affects him and as a result, at his current age of 64, is still showing very few adverse problems.

    My younger brother developed diabetes in his late 20's and never accepted it. He didn't change his "party" life style and as a result lost his life at age 48, but not before several mini strokes took his vision and mobility. The last several years of his life were spent in an assisted living facility with people twice his age.

    So....please help your grandson by teaching him to treat this disease with the greatest respect. It can be hard for teens to reconcile with an illness that sets them apart from their peers. When they take their insulin and feel normal, they may start to veer away from the doctor's orders.

    Good luck and have a happy, happy full house.

    • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Oct 04, 2018

      Thank you for sharing your family story and I'm so sorry for your loss. I know losing a family member before their time is hard, we lost our son in a car accident years ago.

      We have been trying to teach him responsibility even before he was diagnosed. He has been doing very good so far although it has only been 2 and a half months out. He has been feeling the why me syndrome. He has already been through more than a child should have to go through. He is receiving counseling to help him deal with everything including diabetes.

      We have tried to be there to help with all of the things he's going through. With diabetes, we are all learning together because no one in our family has it. Chop (Childrens hospital of Philadelphia) has an awesome program to help both the child and his family. They offer all of the professionals that I told Naomie, plus a nutritionist (which I forgot about when I was listing their services).

      He felt better than normal one day into his 4 day hospital stay. But they taught him that if he wants to continue to feel that way, insulin is a must. It was really good that a couple of his nurses were also diabetic. They helped him to see that he's going to be ok if he follows the rules dictated by diabetes. It has even given him a career path. He had no interest in any profession before, now he wants to be an endocrinologist to help children like himself.

      It's a little crazy to have teenagers in the house again! But it's nice, too! Thank you again.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Oct 04, 2018

    Thank you, everyone for your heartfelt help. We're going to be buying a chest of drawers to match the bed, night stand and bureau we already bought, and using a drawer or two for his supplies.