What’s In Your Purse? Chronic Illness/ POTS Edition!

I love these kind of posts—so I figured it was about time I do one! This post is all about the portable! As a patient with POTS and Immunodeficiency I’ve always got to be prepared. So I keep my entire life in my purse and then some. I’m also planning on doing two more similar posts: one showcasing the bag (and all its innards) that I bring with me on infusion day, and another showing my hospital grab-and-go bag.

Here are a few items I’ve got with me at all times—and some reasons why you might want to throw the same in your bag on the way out the door!

 

The Junk-Holder: To start with, this is the $6 purse I got at the Brazilian store at the mall. My mom hates it.

 

You're supposed to throw these out.

 

Excess Receipts and Coupons I’ll Never Use: I’m a Ross and Target addict, so even if I clean out my purse every day, they somehow find their way back in there the next. But wait! These actually have those “You can win a $1000 gift card by entering this code online” things! So really it’s smart that I don’t throw them out. At least that’s what I tell myself.

 

 

Mints: Ok, so this is where we get to the useful stuff. Altoids. I’ve carried Altoids on me every single day since I was about seven years old. They are just the thing for curing nausea–a perfect shock to the system soothed over by stomach-calming peppermint.

 

Softlips Lip Balm & Wet N’ Wild Natural Blend Balm: POTS patients are notoriously dehydrated. This usually leads to chapped lips. Balms like these are great to have on hand!

Revlon Peach Me Lipstick: This is one of those lipsticks that help me look like I’m not dying when my skin is pale and dehydrated and I’m THIS close to puking all over you.

Bodycology Hand Sanitizer:  Great brand. Lasts forever. Keeps me from getting MRSA.

Up & Up Disinfectant Spray: Great for spraying on door knobs, desks, tables, etc.

 

 

Zipper Bag: Used to hold all my meds. Not that great. I think I need a bigger one. Like maybe a Jansport.

Meds: Zofran, Lopressor, Ativan, Inhaler, etc.

 

 

Business Cards: I’ll do Vistaprint.com sometimes, sure. But Moo.com. Moo is where its at. I may be sick, but you can bet your ass that I stop my cries of pain long enough to network in the emergency room.

 

Cards: I always keep my ID and insurance cards on me. I also keep a list of allergies and current medications on me. I usually just write them on index cards and then scotch tape them into being laminated.

Med ID Bracelet: Um, I know the writing is kind of blurry here, but you can probably see the massive AMOUNT of text on the bracelet. Yeah, I had no idea what to put. POTS? Dysautonomia? Heart Condition? Allergies? What did you put?

 

 

Alaskan Pill Case: Isn’t that pretty? It holds 8 days worth of medication and has a compact mirror so I can see how sexy I look taking it. (thanks mom!)

Pen: Because I might as well promote my business while I’m filling out medical forms.

Sunglasses: Potsies fear the sun. The truth is we glitter just like vampires.

Candy Corn: Because its October. And I’m celebrating.

And that’s all of it, folks! I would love to see what some other CI patients have in their purses and go-bags. Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments below!

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29 thoughts on “What’s In Your Purse? Chronic Illness/ POTS Edition!

  1. altoids are the best anti nausea mints!

  2. Mine seems to have almost nothing FUN in it – all medical junk. BP wrist cuff, gloves and lube and wet wipes (you said you have gastroparesis, right? well…I’ll leave the rest to your imagination…and no, it’s really not all that exciting…), pen, notebook, WATER BOTTLE, salt capsules (make them myself), larabar (only snack food on my diet I found that doesn’t require a cooler – I make all other food from scratch). Hmmm, now I have to go digging to remember. Let’s see…. Remote control to my Spinal Cord Stimulator (implant), serious medical ID (on wrist) with 12-card fold-out medical ID listing you know…like…everything. Lidoderm patches, pillbox with its goodies, wallet, extra hand wipes, flashlight (I fall over in the dark, no, seriously), chap stick, phone, earbuds, and those little Colgate toothbrush/toothpick with the ball of minty stuff inside thingies (know what I mean?). Sometimes a book. That’s all! Fits in two bags – a small backpack that I wear on the back of my wheelchair, and in a purse I keep slung across my shoulder.

    Fun post!

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