It’s simply amazing how much TIME diabetes takes!
- Ordering supplies via phone or web takes time. And when I order via the internet (and I really, really hate to admit this…), it takes me even more time cuz I have to remember the darn password.
- Just remembering to order supplies takes time. I always have to look up my last ordering date so that I can order exactly 3 months later.
- Calling Animas or whomever because the ordered supplies haven’t shown up in over 2 weeks is another time stealer. (Turns out it’s the insurance company that is causing the hold up. They have to approve the order every time. Do they think I’m cured??!!)
- Putting the supplies away occupies time. The boxes are bulky. I have a large Rubbermaid box in the linen closet where I store all the boxes. But, I need to take the whole box out so I can put the new supplies in the back and the old supplies near the front. Oh, and first I hit each box with a marker and put the month on them, just in case I get them mixed up.
- I do the insulin prescription once a month at a local drug store. Rite Aid has a web ordering process and so far it’s worked very well. Rite Aid is the ONLY drug store in our town. I put the order in and usually pick it up the next day. Well, unless I forget or… run out of time. Even more fun is when everyone else in town is picking up prescriptions and there’s a long (usually sniffly/sneezy/coughy) line.
- Changing the inset every three days makes me reorganize my morning. I’m much better at it now (used to take me 30 minutes when I first started). But a bleeder can set me back many minutes.
- And don’t let me forget the appointments… but that’s a whole ‘nother issue!
But – big but.
I haven’t been doing this as long as most of you.
I’m not taking care of a child with diabetes.
I have no children living at home to take care of while I care for myself.
And so, if I even think about whining, I stop. And I take the time to pray and wish that none of us had to deal with this, every single day.
And now, an ornament from our tree.
When M and I got engaged, we were living in Richmond, VA. My family lived in the Panama Canal Zone. I went there for Christmas and bought several ornaments in Panama City. This is one of a couple that have survived for the past 36 years.