Talking about Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes and all the supplies that go pretty much everywhere with me now.
Back before SNAP I needed a new bag, so I picked out this fabulous yellow purse that was big enough for a wallet, my phone, and an external charger, a notebook, pens, and extra goodies I might pick up in other classes. With finding out I have diabetes and needing insulin shots and having to check my blood sugar several times a day, it's amazing the amount of stuff I have to carry around all the time.
Here's everything I keep in my flamingo bag--which is at least pretty darn cute, even if I wish I didn't need all this stuff: It was a lot
Insulin pens (before I eat I add up how many carbs I'm going to eat and take the corresponding amount of insulin)
Insulin pen needles
A sharps container (just a small plastic container with a lid where I put my used needles while I'm out)
Glucose tablets (pure sugar, so in case I don't eat quite the number of carbs I took insulin for, or I do more exercise, or my pancreas suddenly makes more insulin that day -- not all of my beta cells have been destroyed yet -- this could make my blood sugar drop to unsafe levels and I have to bring it up quickly.)
Low-carb snack bar
And here's all the other stuff that a regular person carries in a bag.
I've been trying these Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes too. Breakfast is trickiest for me because it's important that I start the day with some protein. My old standby of cold cereal and milk is loaded with carbs, even if it's not a sugary cereal. But it's so fast and easy that it's been hard to make myself fix a more balanced breakfast--something with eggs, fruit, maybe some bacon or high protein yogurt. The shakes contain 15 grams of protein, 25 vitamins and minerals, plus fiber. They also have CARBSTEADY® which includes slowly digestible carbs, preventing sugar spikes.
It's also important for me to remember I have an actual autoimmune disease. My own body is attacking the cells that make insulin, and there's no cure for that. I will always need insulin shots and need to be under medical supervision. But I also need to be smart about what I eat. It's been scary, and frustrating, and humbling, but I'm doing my best to learn all I can and manage it to stay healthy.
I picked some up at Walmart near the pharmacy. Or shop online and get up to $3 off when you buy two packs.
If you know someone else lucky enough to need to carry a flamingo/ diabetes bag like mine, maybe they'll find this checklist helpful also. It sure is a lot to remember, especially when first starting out. More than once I've left the house and had to turn around because I forgot something.