Keeping Your Relative Safe

Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my paternal grandmother’s country home. This special lady taught me the importance of hard work. Every summer, I worked alongside her in her large, vegetable garden. Unfortunately, my grandmother’s health started to deteriorate a few years ago. However, this spunky woman wanted to continue living by herself at her home. To keep her safe, my grandmother’s children purchased some medical equipment and supplies for her. They bought a hospital bed, a bed pan, an oxygen tank, and a walker for her. On this blog, I hope you will discover the types of medical equipment and supplies that can help your elderly loved one stay safe and independent.

4 Essential Supplies For Managing Diabetes

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If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, you are certainly not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 100 million adults in the United States that have either diabetes or prediabetes. A diagnosis of diabetes can be completely overwhelming, especially when it comes to knowing which kind of supplies you'll need in order to manage the condition.

To help you figure out what you'll need, here are four essential supplies for managing diabetes.

1. Glucose Monitoring Supplies

In order to manage your diabetes, you'll need to check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis. This process is called glucose monitoring. Glucose monitoring supplies includes things like a glucose monitor, test strips, and lancets, which are used to prick the skin and enable you to test your blood.

If you end up not using all the test strips that you ordered, you can easily get rid of what you don't need by selling test strips for cash

2. Insulin Supplies

Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. Insulin is what helps to regulate blood sugar levels. If your body doesn't produce enough insulin, you will need to give yourself insulin injections.

Besides the insulin, other necessary insulin supplies include needles, syringes, and a container for safely throwing away the needles. If you don't want to deal with giving yourself an injection, you might be able to use an insulin pump instead.

3. Food Supplies

If your blood sugar gets too low, it causes a condition called hypoglycemia. This usually occurs when the blood sugar reaches 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Symptoms associated with hypoglycemia include hunger, shakiness, sweating, irregular heartbeat, and dizziness. If you experience low blood sugar levels, it's important to eat food that will quickly increase your blood sugar levels.  

These types of foods include gum drops, honey, most types of fruit juice, bananas, oranges, applesauce, and raisins. You should always keep these kinds of food on hand in case your blood sugar levels get too low. You might also choose to have glucose tablets on hand, as well.

4. Emergency Supplies

If you ever end up in the hospital or emergency room, it's imperative that the healthcare providers know that you have diabetes. Because you might not always be able to talk when you end up in the ER, you should wear a medical alert bracelet that says you have diabetes.

In the case of a natural disaster or other type of emergency, you should have three-days worth of diabetic supplies on hand.

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16 September 2019