I decided today to go thru all the diabetes stuff and figure out where to put it all. When my son was first diagnosed we got a couple of meters from the hospital, then we attended a couple of walks and got some more, then the endo had some and even some friends gave us some supplies. Now you would think this is a good thing and I guess in someways it is but like many of you we take the good things from one kit or another to make our own.
The Accu-chek compact plus that has the meter and lancet built in together so that is nice for traveling however, we have to use the individual lancets in the device so we have to pack those. Then we have to ensure that we have the canisters included since we can't use the strips we normally use on the other meter.
The other meter is the Ping so we have the Ping and the strips and use the multi clix pen from Accu-check so we have to carry the lancets for that pen. I know it would be easier to use use one brand but with diabetes nothing is easier.
I know many of you have been in the car and seen all the supplies roll around the seat or sometimes get left on the table in restaurants so we all figure out the best way to handle this. And then there are vacations and I prefer the meter I can download when I get home and it has to be compatable with the software I use most of the time.
So, in this bit of a rant lol I find myself with one meter for the car - I use the One touch mini and add the multi clix pen by Accu-check, for vacation I use the Accu chek compact and for home use the Ping.
Somehow it seems that no matter how organized I find the car meter in the house, the house meter in the car etc. Arrrgg. And then there are the times we switch from pump to pens for example on vacations so we have to contend with Humolog pens and Lantus syringes and don't get me started on the infusion sets lol.
I have the spring loaded ones that we use all the time but they also sent me 5 boxes of the manual ones by mistake wihich I have and which we do not use at all but they are infusion kits and hey, someday maybe we just possibly might sometimes kinda will use them.
I have three different kinds of Glucose - the ones he likes and the ones he doesn't like but I keep the ones he doesn't like just in case he is in the middle of the desert with no soda machine (we live in the city now but you never know) right. Then I have the stuff he thought he would use (cases, ubber pump sleeves etc which he does not use, along with Skin Tac he wanted but doesn't like but . . . . .
So I have my primary stuff for him - then I have the replacement stuff, then the same brand but not used as much stuff, then the same brand and not used at all and then the stuff I will never use (like the Bayer Meter some one gave us and the manual infusion sets we got in error ).
Now, I can't keep it all together and I can't seperate it all in different parts of the house because I might forget I have things like the manual infusion sets which we will not use but maybe someday we might need them in case of an emergency . . . . . .
So we have a drawer for the primary located in the kitchen, the secondary -refill stuff is in the linen closet, the same brand but rarely use is in the bedroom in a box, and the brands we don't use at all is in the other bedroom closet.
Now, as I am sure is happening there is a lot of head nodding out there as I am sure I am not unique. Those that don't live it would think I was insane for keeping it all - after all maybe there would be a nuclear war and I would need the Bayer meter (although I have no strips for it)etc.
Just wanted to put a bit of humor into our lives and see if anyone else is the packrat with diabetes like I am.