Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bag Of My Dreams

It really is the simple things that can give us D-Mamas the greatest pleasures, isn't it? I mean, one great D bag and you want to shout it from the rooftops that you have found something that holds everything you need. Well, I found it.

Grace pumps with the OmniPod and you can read about my adverse reactions to carrying the OmniPod case around. I found a new case that I love. Grace actually said to me, after we got it in the mail, 'I really want to take my kit around everywhere now!' and she knows of what she speaks, cause she came to really dislike that black bag of doom that was the OmniPod carrying case. It wasn't her. And frankly, when a little girl has Type 1 diabetes, we are looking for any bling we can get or any sort of happy we can get out of a kit.

I said it in yesterday's post about the black case and I'll say it again:

Here's where the incredible Laura of Houston We Have A Problem blog came in. She posted a video response to 'Submit Your Kit' vlog and I saw a bag that held everything in her video! You can see her video here. Laura even lost her precious diabetes bag and got it back! (You can read about that experience here.) She posted later about her bag, it was a cosmetic case from Murval. I wanted to weep. It had pockets! And bags that zippered! And more than one area to contain things! And it looked like the PDM fit into the pocket with it's gel skin on.

Voila! Here it is, our new OmniPod carrying case, a Murval cosmetic bag:

Look at that - something girly!!!

Look! Places for d-supplies!
And it's like a 3 ring notebook with it's two attached pouches!


Yep, its fits everything. Everything we need for complete site changes. Everything for emergencies. Everything. Including glucagon and I can zip it all closed! It has pouches, pockets and two incredibly large zippered pouches which attach to the center bar, just like a 3-ring notebook. And it's easily cleanable (is that a word? it is now) on the outside, with it's slick, waterproof cover. Girl, it's actually COOL.

It fits the OmniPod PDM on the inner pockets, along with her lancing device, a bottle of insulin and her strips. Just like that. And it's fits them all easily, no squeezing in clear plastic bands, no velcro straps. And we actually have two more pockets for extra vials of strips!

OMG. It fits. It's accessible.
And extra pockets too!

The two attached pouches, which each zipper closed and are easily removable if you don't want them in there, or just need one pouch, hold all sorts of everything. As I said before, Grace needs to be able to have everything she needs for a site change at all times. She has it now.

The zippered shiny sided pouch contains a new Pod, SkinTac, TacAway, HypoFix and alcohol pads. It also contains two extra batteries for her PDM. It all fits in and there is room to spare! She now knows the shiny can't-see-through-it-pouch contains all that she needs for a complete site change. It brings tears to my eyes. It's NOT in my purse any more!

Everything for a complete site change.

The other, mesh see-through pouch contains things she might need in an emergency, things that she needs to know she has at all times. Glucose tabs, needles, extra lancets and an extra lancing device, should she ever lose or drop or need another one. Easy peasy, see right there what we have.


Mesh pouch with glucose tabs, needles, lancets and extra lancing device.


Oh and here's a side pouch that fits a giant glucagon case in it. Totally hidden, but right there. 

Pocket under the word 'Murval' holds a glucagon case.

Close the entire case and here it is. Zips close like a breeze, no squeezing it shut, no trying to cram it all in. And it's fits into my purse or into her backpack. I've attached one of those little pill cases from CVS, that's for our used test strips. It comes in handy as I hate to leave used test strips anywhere we go and I can never find a trash can. Voila, problem solved, into the red screw lid pill case they go. I empty it every once in a while :0)




I can thank Laura for the recommendation. I also found that the eBay seller that I bought this from also has some for sale for $8.99. You can go here and link up to her site. She has more than 10 available as of this blog posting. 

Yeah - a bag that works for us! This D-Mama is one happy Mama.











20 comments:

NikDuck said...

I LOVE this bag! Wow, all the pockets! Natalie still doesn't carry any of her stuff, and is still on shots, but seems like it would work perfect for her meter and sugar and all that other stuff. I like that it will fit in my purse or her backpack as well. Think for that low price I may just have to go buy one! Thanks for the suggestion.

Stephanie said...

I love this!!! I have wanted one ever since Laura posted about it, but I figured all they had were girly ones since it is a cosmetic bag, after all. :) BUT I visited the Murval website from you link....and they have a CAMO one, perfect for Adam!

Roselady said...

Love it too...thanks for sharing what works...did you mention the pod...does it fit in there, too?

Alexis Nicole said...

Yay!! It fits so much, that's awesome!

I wish I could find a camo one on ebay!

Roselady said...

Oh, just saw the pod hidden behind some skin tac...

Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

Awesome Bag!!
Will have to go check out their site...girls always need options!! ;)

Misty said...

That bag IS awesome!! Love your tiny pill case idea...I hate finding test strips all over my car!

shannon said...

that looks perfect! we use an empty test trip container for used test strips but sometimes it's annoying to try to figure out which is which. thanks for the tip on the tiny pill tube thingy!

Hallie said...

Awesome!! Thaks for sharing! I love seeing where you put everything! Bags are great, aren't they?!?

Rachael said...

CUTE! I'm heading over to get one too! :)

Reyna said...

Holy BAGS BAG-WOMAN! That is fantastic! Too bad Joe is the one carrying his crap these days and he actually LIKES black!!! EEK!

sheila thomas said...

Thanks for the bag information! We love the pod but not the bag too. We just ordered one! Collette told me about your blog and we love reading it!

Wendy said...

I'm thinking I love this thing :) I'm thinking the school year is upon us and........I just may have to GET ONE!!!

Thanks ;)

Denise said...

looks like a great bag...too bad I couldn't convince my son to carry around a pink flowery bag ;-) Wish she had other patterns. oh well...I will keep looking.

The DL said...

WOW!! Love love love this!! Brilliant and pretty :)

NikDuck said...

I just bought it on ebay! What do you think about this one? I like the long strap for when out and about and I think the bag you show will fit inside.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170217314809&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Heather said...

Love that bag! I am looking for something for Lovebug as she starts school this fall. This might work for us. Thanks for sharing!

Julie L said...

Just bought one of the bags! thanks for sharing and such a great price too!

Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing. I've been looking for a different bag and this looks perfect. I ordered it and should be getting it today!

Momto3 said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL thing!! I, too, have been searching for a better bag and have yet to find it. Oh, I hope she has one left!