The hubby and I decided to see if my sister and her family would like to eat dinner together at the beach this past weekend. They were already there finishing out their vacation week, and Erik had coupons to a local restaurant we love to eat at there, so we figured it would be a nice trip to go see them, hang out and have some good food.
We packed everything. Beach towels, clothes to change into after swimming on the beach, extra diapers, insulin pens, extra pods… almost as if we were planning to stay an entire weekend… except for one thing. Strips.
I didn’t even THINK to check for strips. And it wasn’t that I didn’t have any at home to bring as a friend who went off of her Omnipod system sent me a ton of strips she wasn’t going to be using anymore… so that wasn’t the problem. I just simply didn’t check the bottle before we had left.
We got there, and I tested before we went into the water. Three strips. One used, so I had two left.
I checked after swimming and bathing. Two strips.. one used, one left.
We went out to eat and go to the restaurant. I knew I only had the one strip left, and I could have gone off my CGM, but it has been so off lately, I didn’t want to trust it. Plus, my BG was really high because I decreased my basal too much while we were on the beach. AND, with dinner being my hardest meal to bolus for lately, I certainly did NOT want to start off on the wrong foot with an assumed number. So.. One strip… one strip used, none left.
We were invited to stay the night because of how late it was after we finished dinner. Plus, I don’t get to spend much time with them, so it was an added bonus to get to stick around for a while. But I was out of strips. Me. The girl who has been double, if not triple, packing everything for the past few years in the event there could be an apocalypse of some sort and I wouldn’t be able able to live past a few days until I could get more supplies type of girl. I wanted to go home and get them because, honestly, the cost of one vial out of pocket is freakin’ outrageous.
BUT! I had seen these little meter combo thingys that other people had purchased on their trips. See, most meters you buy off the shelf now do not include the standard 10 sample strips like they used to. I hate that meter companies are doing that now. I would rather buy a brand I trust and that would use the strips I currently have in my drawer now verses some off the wall brand that I’ll probably never buy strips for again. Anyhow, I told the hubby we needed to get to a CVS so that I could get the little kit to get me through the night.
So, along with a few other essentials, I purchased the cute little meter and used it until we got home. I appreciate CVS for having this available for people who do impromptu trips like this one and accidentally leave strips (or meters) behind.