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 have this bag that I used to use every time I took a trip to carry my diabetes supplies. I got tired of using it because it was too big for what I really needed, but did I do anything other than stash it under my sink in my bathroom? Of course not. Take a look at some of the beauties I found in that bag (the bottom two pictures in the collage).
Do you SEE those glucose tabs??! Gross. I’ll let you know the expiration date on those bad boys is 2010. The strips aren’t a whole lot better, 2012. Please note there are pen caps in here. I haven’t had a current pen prescription in a couple years. Those strips also make a small appearance in that cabinet… And to think, I’ve only lived in my condo for two and a half years, and I’ve cleaned out my diabetes supplies once since then (can you imagine how old the stuff I actually threw away would be now?). I do seem to have kept a meter I’ve never used, and have no intention of using. But at least I got rid of the horribly old, never going to use infusion sets when I cleaned things out before.
No picture for this one, but I will admit my worst diabetes clean out is always those pesky strips. I can be standing next to the trash can, and yet the strip will go back in the meter pouch. I’m blaming this one on my high school, which allowed me to carry my test stuff with me in class, assuming I would not put anything with blood in the trash cans. So those things just multiply like crazy.
I can only imagine what is still hiding at my mom’s house. I do seriously wonder if we still have my first meter. Or the bag I used to use (called my Red Bag, because it was a red, bag) which has been all over the place. I guess I will have to look next time I’m out at my mom’s. I can’t believe we’d have kept it through the move though. Of course, you never actually know until you look.
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