Spring Cleaning for Diabetes

J Kate
By J Kate Latest Reply 2012-04-14 07:34:35 -0500
Started 2012-04-12 15:10:09 -0500

I came across these tips and thought I would share:

While you may be cleaning out your closets, scrubbing down your kitchen, and getting your house and yard ready for warmer days, one important thing to add to your spring cleaning list is your diabetes.

Clean Your Equipment
Your diabetes equipment is imperative to your diabetes care. Without these tools, knowing and maintaining your blood sugar would be a guessing game, so it’s important to make sure that all of your diabetes supplies are in good working order, and that you have backups ready in case something stops working. Here are some things to check during your diabetes spring cleaning:

Blood Glucose Meter: According to the American Diabetes Association you should make sure your blood glucose meter – no matter what type you use – is clean, has test strips that are current and calibrated, and that your meter and test strips are stored at room temperature.

Urine Test Strips: Make sure your urine test strips are not outdated.

Insulin Pump: Make sure all parts not in use are sterile and sealed. Change out your insulin pump parts regularly and assess your infusion site, rotating it frequently.

Medications: Make sure all your diabetes medications are up-to-date and not expired, as well as be sure they are stored at the correct temperature.

Other Supplies: Do a check on your supplies and order more if you are running low. If your blood glucose meter or any other tools run on batteries, make sure these are working properly and have at least one back up battery.

Commit to Improve your Diabetes Management
Not only is cleaning and updating your equipment and supplies important, but it’s a good idea to go over your diabetes management plan to make sure it’s still working for you and you’re doing the best you can at managing your diabetes. Try this: identify a part of your plan where you may be slacking and spring clean it – in other words, improve this area to make your diabetes management even better. For example, if you’ve gotten lazy about working out, come up with a plan to help you exercise more consistently. Or, if you haven’t been to a nutritionist recently, make an appointment. This will really help you clean up your eating plan for better disease management.

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Set apart
Set apart 2012-04-14 07:34:35 -0500 Report

I like these ideas hadn't even thought of placing my meter case in dishwasher! I have been cleaning also, have a to do list, it's ongoing! I do however strangely enjoy painting. I also just sewed some bright yellow curtains for a window! Happy Spring Renewing!

MykenziePamala 2012-04-13 22:02:17 -0500 Report

Just an idea for you spring cleaners out there. We stack all of our extra supplies on one shelf in kitchen, expiration date out. Then we watch what needs to be used first. And insulin in fridge is in order too. We also wash our meter cases right in washer machine and hang dry, be suprised how nice they look. Time to wash the walls now that the kids are in bed and I don't have tiny hands bailing out the bucket. Happy cleaning!

troublemaker27 2012-04-13 11:06:21 -0500 Report

well i will be cleaning my dresser drawers this weekend.
so how are you all doing today?
i just had oatmeal for breakfast and a cup of coffee.
today i'm going to starbucks i called it starbuckees.
i got to get a lot of stuff at walmart on saturday.
so here's hug for all my friends good day to you all ((((((((((((((((((friends))))))))))))))))

J Kate
J Kate 2012-04-13 11:09:36 -0500 Report

Sounds like you are on a roll. You inspire me. I have to move this weekend- so I'll be cleaning pretty much everything LOL. Oatmeal for endurance a little caffeine for now- what a great plan. :)

jayabee52 2012-04-13 15:49:07 -0500 Report

There's that other BAD 4-letter word, MOVE! Hate it! Fortitude and stamina are the order of the day. Good luck with your move, Kate.

J Kate
J Kate 2012-04-13 17:19:16 -0500 Report

Thanks. Just found out it got pushed to next week. So I get to be lazy for one more weekend. :) I'm going to eat oatmeal… and possibly some venison jerky.

jayabee52 2012-04-13 18:59:36 -0500 Report

That's OK for you as you don't need to worry about spikes. Oatmeal spikes me pretty badly unless I eat only half a portion of oat bran. And from experience half a portion is not enough to satisfy me.

Venison jerky sounds wonderful, however.

Enjoy your extra time.