Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Trash Day

Day 3
"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.)"

Wednesday's are trash day here so this prompt is timely.  

We have the kits that always seem to collect used strips, lancets, and bloody paper even with designated altoid boxes in each kit for such items.  We have the biohazard bin in one room, two salsa jars in bedrooms, a milk jug, and a diet coke container for pen needles and lancets always overflowing.  No matter how hard we try, we feel like diabetes trash is everywhere.  And then there are the unused supplies, tools, and insulin.  It creeps into every room.  It shows up in unexpected places.  When each kid is checking blood sugars 8-10x/day that's 20 strips and 20 lancets plus 40 times that blood has been wiped on something.  Then the shots, 4-6 times for each kid each day.  And then alcohol swabs and ketone strips and the extra cover on the pen needles and well it's a never ending battle, just like diabetes.  Some days are better than others and when we remember to take the trash out it makes a difference.  

It's better when we don't internalize.

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