2015 Diabetes Blog Week – Day 3 – Clean it Out

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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?

EXPIRED SUPPLIES!!

Diabetes supplies stockpile

Diabetes supplies stockpile

I’m a big hoarder of diabetic supplies.  Since I work for a small company, I’m always terrified that my insurance is going to change and won’t cover the supplies I need to manage my diabetes.  As a result, I have way too many extra supplies and unfortunately, a lot of them have expired.

The number one offender would be glucagon kits.  I luckily have never needed to use one, causing many to expire.  For some reason, I haven’t brought myself to throw them out so I have a LOT of expired glucagon kits (like 21 years worth!).

I also have a lot of expired CGM sensors.  My expired sensors resulted from stockpiling a lot at first, but then I never used them because I hated my CGM the first year I had it, but yet I kept ordering sensors.  This came to bite me in the butt when I switched from the Sof-sensor to the Enlite sensors because I had a ton that I had to throw out (but I haven’t yet because it’s like $5,000 worth and I just can’t bring myself to throw them out!).  Now that I use my sensor regularly, I’ve created another stockpile by stretching my CGM out past the 6 days it is supposed to last (last sensor I got 14 days out of it, although thats not the norm).  The sensors are so expensive so I really should stop stockpiling them because many will expire before I get a chance to use them or they might become useless if I update to a Dexcom, but the thought of not having them outweighs the problems of stockpiling them.

The list of expired diabetes supplies goes on.  I have outdated meters, expired strips, really old lancets and needles.  In fact, I’m pretty sure 75% of my supply cabinet should be thrown away because I’ll never use the supplies.  One day I’ll get the energy/courage to throw them out, but it’t not today.


8 thoughts on “2015 Diabetes Blog Week – Day 3 – Clean it Out

  1. I’m a huge D-supply hoarder, too! I have so much stuff at the moment, but it’s nothing compared to a number of years ago when I found what seemed to be an endless supply of expired pump supplies. I had switched a couple years before that, and so everything for that older pump was long-expired. Ending up filling an entire black outdoor trash bag with all the boxes of supplies, and took it to the hazardous materials recycling center. Now that was a spring cleaning to remember!

  2. We have always been supply hoarders as well. I am constantly concerned with being caught without. I blame 9/11 and living in a remote area but really…well I just have issues 🙂

  3. I like stockpiling supplies for the sake of not having to go to the pharmacy every 2 weeks – probably not $5,000 worth though! If it gives you a sense of security, then why not – perhaps so long as they are still within date.

    • Yeah the $5k was the darn CGM sensors-those things are EXPENSIVE and stockpiling them wasn’t smart because they all either expired or useless when I upgraded to the Enlite sensor-lesson learned!

  4. There is great comfort in having extras, and most supposed are fine well past the expiration dates! But if you have things you’ll never use, you can always donate them – there are groups on fb and other places to give them away… Might feel good!

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