What diabetes school supplies do you assemble for the beginning of the school year?
My son was diagnosed during the 2015-2016 school year. We had a hard time putting together our first D kit for school! Now, in our third school year, we have an easier time. This post describes our diabetes school kit. I would love to read what others do differently!
Our school kit includes 3 stashes beyond his own D carry bag: one for the health room fridge, one for the health room supplies locker (it includes the juice boxes), and one for our son’s personal locker:
Each box is labeled. The fridge box is a Lock & Lock sealed box. The two unrefrigerated locker boxes are two “Really Useful Box” boxes that are 9" L x 5" W x 5" H. The Lock & Lock boxes have proven great (we use them for all fridge storage, in different sizes). The size of the Really Useful Boxes fits our needs well, but they have had handles breaking. These are replacements. If we find better we will switch.
The first stash is for our son’s locker:
We use it primarily to allow our son to resupply his D bag in case he is short something. The box has skittles for his sugar tubes (each skittle is about 1 gram of carbs, so it’s an easy measure), several 17-carb bars in case he has a sustained low, and spare needles, lancets and strips.
The second stash is for the health room fridge:
The pen includes an unopened insulin cartridge, that we rotate every quarter. We leave some needles in there for convenience just in case. We also add a cooler bag in the box to layer over the pen, so as to provide thermal inertia. We try to leave the box (a) away from the freezer exhaust, (b) in a middle shelf, and (c ) close to the front of a shelf, to minimize freezing risk – but we are not in control of the exact storage location day by day. Our part-time nurse knows about our wishes though.
The third stash is for the health room supplies locker:
This location is easy to access, but not quite as fast as his locker. It is also where emergency school personnel will look for his supplies if there is a diabetic emergency. In the locker, we keep:
- a bunch of 14-carb juice boxes, shown on the first pic but not on this one
- a glucagon kit that is good until the end of the school year
- spare batteries for his pump
- enough supplies for two changes of pods (i.e. infusion sets, for Omnipod pump), including 2 pods, alcohol swabs, adhesive release swabs, Skintac swabs.
- more spare supplies: needles, strips, lancets
- a box of ketone sticks
- a few 17-carb bars
- and, finally, emergency sugar in the form of pre-weighed mini-ziplocs that carry 15 carbs of sugar in raisins (very compact).
What do you do differently? How do you organize school supplies?