THEY say life is all about checks and balances. But did THEY live with diabetes?? Seriously, THINK ABOUT IT.
SO I was greeted by my 3 month supply of test strips yesterday after and then immediately realized that:
A. I was out of Baby Aspirin, (something I take daily)
B. I was down to 3 bottles of insulin (1 opened, 2 unopened)
C. My pump supplies are officially down to half mast,
D. So is my trusty 3 month Ace Inhibitor supply.
Diabetes checks and balances regarding supplies are never in perfect balance, much like life in general - No matter how hard we try.
Which I guess makes sense because if we were out of everything all at once, not only would it be majorly expensive, it would be majorly stressful as well. Still, keeping track of all this crap is a constant in our lives.
Like it or not, I (and by "I," I mean "WE,") notice this shit because my (OUR) brain(s) have been trained to see the diabetes of it all.
Like this morning at 3 a.m. when I was having a low, I noticed that my bottle of Apple And Eve Elmo Punch (And yes, it is too diabetes supplies!) was now officially half empty and I would need to buy some more after work today,along with a giant bottle of Baby Aspirin. While I don't down juice on a daily basis, I can't risk running out!
Speaking of lows, I had just popped my last Mixed Fruit flavored glucose tab on Tuesday, but ironically, I'd received a box of Watermelon Glucose Quick Sticks in the mail a few weeks back from a reader/fb friend - Talk about diabetes balance in the form of a backup!
So this morning I actually busted opened the box and put 2 of those sticks in my car and two sticks in my handbag.
Disclosure: I have never tried these Glucose Sticks before and like I said, they were sent to me by a reader/fb friend - I didn't purchase them. But I was and am very thankful to have them as diabetes back up none the less. Plus, they fit right into the whole "Diabetes Checks and Balances" theme of this post.
Prices vary & they aren't cheap & I have no idea if they're covered by insurance or not. When I actually have to treat a low with them,(which I know will happen sooner rather than later,) I'll let you know my thoughts on how they work.
So, in the ever changing and always necessary world of Diabetes Checks & Balances: What Diabetes Checks and Balances have you experienced as of late?