On our Facebook page, we asked everyone what they carry in their bag/purse/backpack to support their diabetic. I decided to do a video. This is to support Stella and our 2 dogs for a day out.

A couple of things you don’t see (because I completely forgot to show them) are syringes which we keep in Stella’s bag in case of a pump failure, insulin which we carry in an insulated bag, and depending on the weather and where we are going, dog boots and things like tennis balls or bumpers to work with.

What are your essential must haves for a day out?

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  1. I’m not diabetic, but with my other medical issues I have a similar system with my own backpack. It’s nice to see I’m not alone 🙂

    I have two kits in my back pack and a pill fob. The blue kit has my rescue gear like inhaler, pulse ox, spacer, powdered Gatorade, and some random essentials like KT Tape and other meds. Sometimes the emergency pill fob is attached to the blue kit or to the outside of my bag. The pink kit has other personal care gear, my hand brace, food if I pass out, extra powdered Gatorade packets, Carnation Instant Breakfast, etc. I also keep a water bottle with me at all times (I’m not allowed to drink water, though, must have Gatorade or pedialyte mixed in). I have to keep a camera with me at all times to record symptoms.
    Add in my school book stuff, adaptive writing tools, cell phone and iPad…. It’s a lot. Everyone always embarrasses me about having so much stuff/the backpack with me at all times, but I honestly can’t risk going without it. I know that everything I need is there and ready to go with nothing forgotten.

  2. Wedontneedtwodogs

    First of all I have so many issue with you. I feel that you think you are an expert, which I can see plainly you are not. Second, the DIABETIC CHILD you refer to, that is your daughter right?If so, that is really sad. I can’t even begin to think of the stigma that you are causing her, you are referring to her as a “diseased kid” and not your daughter. To refer to her as the “Diabetic kid” is so worthless, I can’t as a parent with two children with diabetes even think about calling my children what you just called your daughter, you discuss me. She is your object. Second of all, why do you have two dogs? I heard one alerts during the night, the other does not. One is better at public accessing, the other is not. So my question to you is, how can you preach to all these people about what’s right and or in your eyes the wrong way of doing things with a diabetes alert dog, When you are lying to everyone else on your page? If you’re such an expert and your dogs are so amazing, then in my eyes, you don’t need two. Third, the IOB effects children in different ways just like diabetes does, every parent with or without a dog knows their own child, you do not. You are giving advice that can ultimately cause harm to one of these children more so than their dogs can. These parents that are listening to you are going to be second guessing themselves now and ultimately going to make mistakes because of what you have been saying, which is false. It may be what is right for what you call your “DIABETIC KID” and not your daughter, but your advice is not for everyone. My son and daughter, you say although 90 isn’t really a low? By who standards? Yours? Well. 90 is a low to my daughter, actually under 110 is, but you don’t know her now do you? Don’t go giving advice if you don’t personally know what everyone’s child daily routines/IC ratios /corrections etc. are. If you personally don’t know any of these families, than how can you sit on your computer with two dogs because neither one of them does everything they are suppose to and give advice when you yourself don’t know what you are doing? It seems you might need advice from some of us newbies, it seems we have more of a handle on this DAD thing than you do. Oh and by the way, our dog just alerted with 3.75 IOB and my daughter is 60..so from what you say, I should wait 15 minutes, but what you don’t know is in those 15 minutes she will drop 30 points. So with the 30 point drop and the IOB, I’m guessing we would wind up in the ER if I listen to you. So do us all a favor, go get yourself educated, it seems you need it more than the rest of us.

    • I’ll keep this here only because you probably think i won’t. And your name, wedontneedtwodogs is really cute. 3.75 units of IOB and being 60 is dangerous. Go fix that, and quickly. You are correct, you shouldn’t wait on that 60. I specifically say, as often as possible, that I am not an expert. I am a dad. And I appreciate your reading my blog, but must say I fear that you are probably mixing up lots of posts from many different people and places. Enjoy your DAD.

    • WhoNeedsTwoDogsWithSuchABitchInatheFamily

      And you do yourself a favor and do what works for you. Your vitriol contradicts itself, and clearly, this blog isn’t for giving medical advice.

    • Cringing Teacher

      Dear Wedontneedtwodogs,
      Freedom of speech is your right as an American; if you want to rant, that too is your right. However, if you are trying to make a point during that rant please take a moment to actually read what you wrote. The editing process is ALWAYS your friend.

      Three statements I would like to specifically address:
      1. I have to say that when I found this blog last year, he had a disclaimer stating that he was not a doctor, expert, or trainer; that these were his personal experiences.
      2. The American Diabetes Association states that 70 is usually what is considered as low, but you are right it can vary per individual.
      3. This one is the longest. I can tell you are offended by the word disease. Disease is defined as “a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, esp. one that produces specific signs or symptoms (or that affects a specific location) and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.” Isn’t type 1 diabetes the result of the pancreas not functioning correctly?

      Cringing Teacher

  3. Frank, being able to see you and Stella (your diabetic child) in action at the Rally proves your bond. I for one, love this blog. As a parent to a 21 month old diabetic child I find your blog posts encouraging, truthful, and informative. For a novice like myself, only 4 months in, I find your experience to be unbelievably valuable. I find humor in someone who misspells the majority of their rant comment on your blog post, to encourage you to educate yourself. What’s that saying, don’t judge the splinter in someone else’s eye when you have a log in your own? Please keep up the good work, and thank you for your blog, and for your two dogs. It was an honor to meet you and your family, and it’s a privilege to read your blog. 🙂

    • I’m taken back! What this woman doesn’t know about Frank is her dedication to those kids!!! And by “those” I mean all of our kids that spend 1 very special day together. He encourages our kids to work the dogs, he always is ready to listen and compare things we all do. Something’s we all have found that work! Some don’t! But as a family we share them, support one another and challenge each other for more information.

      I feel bad for you that you haven had the blessing to have some time with not only frank but the rest of his family. Often wee (including myself) make judgement calls after reading something or feeling like we haven’t been heard.
      I believe if you met this man and didn’t know who he was within minutes you would see how very wrong you are about him. This man is deeply dedicated to his family, his friends and many animals in great need.
      I’m blessed to share this journey with him and though we may not agree on all things t1 and related, as a man, as a person and a father, HE IS AMAZING.

  4. Holy bitterness and anger batman.


    Well Frank I disagree with the angry comment. Its so sad people can be so angry and mean.

    I don’t think you’re giving advice. I see it more like… look this is how my family deals with T1D and the steps we as a family are taking to help my child deal with her chronic conditions. If they see you as giving advice they surely know not to take it. Never have you said you were an expert in the field or in the medical profession.

    I’m guessing this individual hasn’t met you or your labs. Too bad. Their loss. I love seeing my BFF Major at the coffee talks.

    I have been blessed to have a child with two conditions and have been exposed to people that embrace their childs condition and want to help make life better. Then there is the group that is not open to alternative ways of dealing.

    I admire what you do and am happy to say I know you. Don’t stop doing your thing. Hugs buddy.

  5. Frank, I just want to say for anyone who has ever actually bothered to read about your family and your DAD journey, we get why you have 2 dogs. You owe no one additional explanation. As for any accusation that you see Stella as just a “diseased child,” any person making such accusations clearly has no idea who you are, what you’re about, or all that you do to make the world a better place for all impacted by T1D, shelter animals (especially black ones), and most importantly Stella and Dash. Don’t let negativity get you down. Reading your posts has really shown me how much more could go into the management of my brother’s diabetes, and I am constantly encouraging him to advocate for his own rights and needs as a patient. I wouldn’t have nearly as much info if not for you and Dorrie. Also, I’ve wanted a dog for a very long time, but I wanted to buy from a breeder because I’ve been afraid of underlying damage to abandoned dogs. But if there are amazing rescue dogs out there like Major who can save kids’ lives, I’m sure I can find one that will be a wonderful addition to my family, even if they use the nighttime to sleep. 😉

    • Frank first i dont have to say anything. Period. You are an inspiration to us all. You let newbies learn with your amazing DADS. rally wouldnt be rally without you. You have accepted Tristen and my family into yours ( canine Hope)no questions asked. You treat Tristen like hes one of your own even though his situation is totally different because of the down syndrome. God has a reason for everyone and you definatly are in the right place xxxxooo

  6. I’m sorry the commenter took her anger out on you, Frank. No matter if we disagree completely with one another, it helps no one to take our frustrations out in an anonymous blog post on each other. Please know that what you’re doing here, Frank, *is valued and worthy*. You are sharing and being vulnerable and that alone is worthy of respect. I don’t know what kind of life this commenter leads, but she’s lacking the support she seems to need to help with her frustrations that we *all* feel with diabetes. Not one of us is immune to anger, but some of us choose to turn our energy into a positive force for not only ourselves, but others. And some of us need help with that, as we all crave to feel understood.
    This site and all you do is an inspiration born out of a common pain and I truly appreciate it. Maybe this can be a great opportunity for all who do understand to speak up about our support for you!

  7. melissa edwards

    Frank i am one who understands just by reading your blog that you are putting out there what you deal with on a daily basis & how you all as a family deal with that, everyday! Even I dont see it as you trying to tell others what they should be doing, because yes I understand that each person is very different even when they have T1D! each & every person’s body reacts so very differently! I also read Dorrie’s blog as well! I very much support what you all are doing! I also understand that all of you in your group with DAD’s has a special connection with each other & meet every Sunday which I believe is awesome!!! Cane we say way to go for a massive support group! I also say keep doing what you are doing! It is plain to see for the majority to see that you love your daughter, Stella very much, & the children as well!! I for one love to see your posts & your pictures! Also dont worry about the haters, they are the one with the true problem, not you! I see it as both Major & Raven are not only DAD’s but members of your family as well, & that they were rescue dogs as well! So you have not only given them a home but a purpose as well, & for those who cant see that a DAD becomes very attached to their owner/one they are looking out for then there again the problem is else where! ALL dogs love the family they are with & do so until they pass away! Just keep up what you do for your family & the DAD’s & the people that not only matter to you but that you matter to as well!!!!!

  8. Frank: Like Nelly, I, too, so look forward to seeing you & Major every other month for coffee. More than that, I look forward to your posts, links to great article/videos, etc. I can not even tell you how much those have helped me in this first year of my son’s diagnosis. And I don’t have a DAD, nor do I have any intention of getting one! And you would think that after commenting such a long-winded rant, that this angry person would have at least reviewed his/her comments for errors before pressing the send button, right? Frank, apparently you “discuss” this individual, not “disgust” him/her. Writer/Speaker/Blogger Jon Acuff once said that he will focus on one mean, hurtful comment even if there are 1,000’s of positive ones. Take your break from social media as you mentioned, re-charge, and go forward knowing how much you, your precious girl, and your beautiful dogs are loved!

  9. I love this blog. I love how you share your personal experiences, I love that you are advocating for your child, and I LOVE the community you are a part of. You all come together to support one another; and you share this with anyone willing to take the time to read about it. I was inspired by your blog, and the Saving Luke page, to learn about how serious Type 1 diabetes is, and to share what I learned with my fellow classmates. Thank you for sharing your daughter’s story with us. Thank you to everyone who shares their story.

  10. Frank, she sounds frightened and angry. Is it possible that one of her children was just recently diagnosed and she’s in the “Why me?” phase.

    Why doesn’t matter. Anyone who reads your blog knows your clearly state that you don’t give medical advice. You give a sense of community.

    Just do what you do so well. Write, photograph, journal, and most of all love your family – we all love it when you share that with us.
    Thank you

  11. I’m sitting here in shock after reading this rant. I’m full of mixed feelings. First, I’m offended at the accusations that Wedontneedtwodogs blasts in your direction. Anyone who is a regular reader of your blog knows that you never have professed to be a medical expert, and anyone who regularly reads your blogs also knows that you adore your children . . . both of your children. I had no sympathy for this poster until I read “It seems you might need advice from some of us newbies”. I think Deborah Bass is on to something about one of her kids being newly-diagnosed. I was devastated at the diagnosis of my second child. It was as emotional, if not more so, than the first diagnosis of my daughter. Why? I’m not sure. I think as a parent you hold such hope that your second child is not in danger. You pray, you hope, you view that child as (and I know this may sound horrible to some) a relief from the stress of caring for a diabetic child. Mealtimes are easy. Bedtimes are worry-free. Then your world comes crashing down around you for a second time and your diabetic worries are doubled.

    This person is obviously bitter and angry and needs someone or something to lash out at. I’m guessing she doesn’t even realize how off-base her accusations are. It was almost like a mourning process after a death for me to come out of the funk I was living in when my son was diagnosed. I was depressed and I was pissed at the world.

    I’m happy to say that I was able to get myself back to a good place, and I hope that Wedontneedtwodogs can do the same (if I’m even close to right in assessing his/her issues). That said, the public lashing you received is uncalled for and I hope you realize that you do more good than harm with your blog. You open the door for discussion and education.

    Please take a deep breath and realize that this, too, shall pass. It would be a shame if you decided not to post anymore.