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?
I am the definition of a messy and disorganised scatterbrain, and it definitely extends to my diabetes belongings – I hang onto expired supplies like a person from Hoarders (if you’ve never seen that show, it follows people who are such obsessive collectors that it overwhelms them and they basically die alone surrounded by trash. I’m really not far off it)
I have a diabetes drawer, like most of us do, but mine looks like a medical supply company threw up in it. I have the best of intentions to organise this drawer, but those intentions always fall by the wayside, as there are at least one hundred more things I would rather do than sit on my bedroom floor and sort through diabetes supplies.
What’s in this drawer? Old meters from diagnosis five years ago – never opened, never used, but I hold onto them in case one day all of my working meters suddenly rise up in revolt. I have heaps of test strips, for different meters and my current one, buried under scarves (they share the drawer with my winter woollies). There’s pump sites tangled in tights, and cartridges wedged between socks and hypo supplies.
My drawer isn’t the only victim. My diabetes supplies mark their territory everywhere. If you dare to delve into my trusty black bag, you may risk pricking yourself on rogue lancets or discovering a months old jellybean. I am TERRIBLE. My preparedness for every day involves trusting that I have, at some point, thrown some sugar and a spare inset into my bag.
I need to clean all of this out and start again, get a system going, but it’s overwhelming and I’d rather marathon Mad Men than go through everything I own and extract the diabetes supplies from under, in, or on top of them. Any tips? Who has a system?