Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Clean it Out - #DBlogWeek Day 3

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Today’s topic is Clean it Out.  Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let's clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you're mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?  (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)

There are a lot of things I could clean out of my emotional diabetes closet.  I am inclined to say that getting some therapy wouldn’t be a bad idea, but I’ve never quite gotten around to it.  (A therapist could probably tell me why I keep putting it off.)  But anyway, I feel like my first two posts of the week were kind of heavy, so I’m not going to delve into my emotional diabetes closet today.  Instead, I’m going to take a look at my physical diabetes closet and all of the stuff I’m holding on to that should just be cleaned out.


This is some of the stuff I’ve stashed in a couple of boxes in my diabetes closet.  It’s stuff I haven’t used in years.  Old meters, old lancing devices, and tons and tons of lancets.  There are a bunch of instruction booklets and empty boxes from my pump and my current meter.  There is a bag of pen needle tips, a glucose tablet keychain, a thigh pouch for my pump (that no longer fits my thigh) and a box of Tegaderm which I haven’t used since switching to the Enlite sensor.  There is also a photo-bombing cat, but she can definitely stay!!

Why am I keeping all of this stuff?  I have no idea.  I mean, it’s not like I couldn’t use some extra closet space to fill with . . . um . . . something.  (Okay, it’s shoes!!  I always could use more shoes!!)  And come on, do I really need to be a lancet hoarder?  Is there ever really going to be a lancet shortage than I need to prepare for?  I don’t think so.  It might just be time for a Spring Diabetes Supply Purge!!  (And then maybe some shoe shopping.)

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  1. Hmmm, I hadn't considered that if I clean my wardrobe I can fit new shoes
    You've actually tempted me to clean out the diabetes supply mess!

  2. SHOES!! Get some more shoes for heavens sake. :-) I thought I had a lot of junk in my closet. I don't think I can compare to you Karen. HA! I'm going to hit my closet this weekend and get rid of some stuff because I DO need some more shoes (or not).

  3. I have started just saving D-stuff, not being willing to throw it away - at least, one sample of it, so that I have a kind of record or collection of what I've used. Wish I would've done this for everything going back, that would be cool. And I'd so LOVE to still have the original brick-sized meter from the 80s... bit alas, I must rely on Internet history for those gems. And be happy with what I am saving now, whether I ever get anything out of it or not. Thanks for sharing, Karen!

  4. I'm finding it absolutely fascinating that so many people are holding onto their old meters, devices etc...maybe I haven't been diabetic for long enough yet!

  5. We have so many lancets, I don't know why we continue to fill them at the pharmacy.

    We keep meters too and we try out as many new ones as possible. We never switch to them, so where do we send them after we decide they aren't for us? I should look into it.

  6. A quick tour of today's posts should reassure you that if there's a sudden lancet shortage there will still be plenty to last everyone for years even if you don't keep yours. Go for the shoes.

  7. SHOES! <3

    It has been dawning on me that I clearly need to be in therapy. But I put it off. I don't have time. I'm choosing to instead limp along at like 10% Katy Power instead of putting in the effort to get back to...I don't know what I should aim for...75%?

    Meanwhile, for shoes, do you have any Kork-ease? I feel like you would really like them and they come in many lovely styles.

    1. My bank account doesn't like your suggestions Katy. But I do.

  8. There are Facebook groups where you can give away useable diabetes supplies.(it's not selling,so it's perfectly legal) That's what I've done,rather then chuck them..that way they find a good home with someone else who can use them.

  9. Haha yes! Shoes are a great motivation for clearing out the old supplies!

  10. I seriously need to do a major purge of all of the old diabetes supplies that I have at home. It's time.

  11. That is an impressive collection!

    I had a hospital lancet, the one-time use kind, in my nursing school scrubs. When I emptied my pockets, I saved the lancet for my glove compartment. It's always this feeling of THIS COULD BE THE ONE THAT SAVES THE DAY!

    When we were first diagnosed, I had the lancets on auto-refill, at the prescribed rate of 10 pokes per day, each--ostensibly--with a freshie. Boxes and boxes. Ha!


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