Diabetes Blog Week is continuing! Today’s topic is „Clean it out!“
I did not think I would be able to write a post today, since I was out and about in Dublin all day long and honestly didn’t have a clue what to write about. But now I’m back at the hotel, completely exhausted aaand I’m in the middle of a hypo. I usually turn to juice boxes, but that’s a no no on the plane. So I reluctantly started chewing on dextrose tablets and then I remembered …
… that one really bad hypo at work with only some long forgotten dextrose tablets in the back of a drawer. I knew it was the only thing around that would help get my levels back up and I took a handful of them in my mouth. Eeewww!!! That’s when I realized for the first time that those little things actually do go bad and that yes, they can taste worse than they already do. At the time, there was no alternative around so I just had to suck it up and eat them anyway. They did the job, but ever since then I say „Clean it out“! Use up the old dextrose first and if it’s past the expiration date – away with it! Hypos are bad enough, they don’t have to taste rubbish too!
But let’s be serious, cleaning it out can do more than just prevent you from tasting bad dextrose. There is a nonprofit organization called „Insulin For Life“ that helps diabetics in countries with limited health care. You can donate the supplies that you no longer need but could be of great value to others. All donations must be at least three months before their expiration date, so how about just checking your storage shelf each time you add something new?
You can find more details here. So clean it out and do some good! 😉