The Case of the Missing Kit


By: Scott M. King

Back in February, I wrote about what I keep in my diabetes kit. Well, just last month, the contents of that kit, along with my waist pack, disappeared during a trip out of town. I found myself without a meter and no insulin. Anyone whose life depends on these things will be able to identify with me—I felt quite naked.

Wal-Mart to the Rescue

Fortunately, there was a Wal-Mart in town, so I headed there to replenish my supplies. I grabbed a meter off the shelf and went up to the pharmacy window. They were willing to sell me some syringes without a prescription, and they cost only 8¢ each. (Funny that the testing strips cost 10 times that amount!)

NPH and Regular—No Prescription Required

The pharmacist told me I could not get Lantus or NovoLog insulin unless I had a prescription. However, she could sell me NPH and Regular insulin without a prescription. It was a weekend and my doctor was in a different state, so I settled for the old-fashioned insulin. I was relieved to be back in business.

I don’t understand the logic of the prescription rule, as taking NPH is much more dangerous for me than Lantus (I have many more hypos and highs while taking NPH). Needless to say, I was happy to get home and back to my usual insulin regimen.

The silver lining to this mishap was discovering that the carrying kit provided by the meter maker is terrific. It’s small, thin, yet still holds all that I need, and it fits in a coat pocket.

My advice for you is to pack a duplicate diabetes kit in your suitcase or carry a prescription for all medicines that could get lost.

Is the Food Industry Keeping Secrets From Diabetics?

Diabetes Health has always been ahead of the pack on nutrition issues that affect people with diabetes. We wrote about lower-carb eating years before it became a hot dietary fad. We discussed the glycemic index before anyone knew what that was, and we even did an article on the dangers of trans fats many years before the government forced food manufacturers to list them on nutrition labels (this will start next January).

This month, Diabetes Health unravels another nutrition phenomenon that is certain to be a hot topic a few years from now—high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in foods.

Christopher Mohr, MS, RD, LDN, writes about this “disguised sugar” and tells you what you need to know now about HFCS. (See “High Fructose Corn Syrup: Is This Disguised Sugar Affecting Your Diabetes?”).

My dLife Experience

I had a very positive diabetes experience recently, when I went to New York City to appear on the new dLifeTV program. One of our favorite columnists, Nicole Johnson Baker, is a host on the show. See our article about dLifeTV (“Lights, Camera, Action . . . . . . dLife!”). Then tune in to CNBC on Sundays at 7 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Central and 4 p.m. Pacific time.

Scott King
Type 1, 30 years (and counting)

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