No More Strips!

Long story short: I ran out of test strips for my Accu-Chek® Nano meter yesterday.

How has my life gotten so busy that I let myself run out of test strips without refilling my prescription?

I think that this may be my form of diabetes burnout. I’ve got to admit it: I’m growing tired of making doctor appointments, going to doctor appointments, remembering to carry all of the stuff I have to carry when I leave the house, and yes, refilling prescriptions.

The thing is, I think I do a pretty good job of taking care of my diabetes when I have everything I need. When I’m fully stocked up with drugs and durable medical supplies, everything is great. When I’ve just finished my latest round of doctor appointments and next quarter’s appointments are already on the calendar, no problem.

But right now, thanks to some extra work, a trip here and there, working out more, and a couple more extras in my personal life, my schedule seems to have moved into the cray-cray stage right now.

Or so it seems. Actually, I think this may be just a symptom of the fact that I haven’t caught up to my schedule yet. In other words, I’m probably more than capable of handling everything on my plate. But I haven’t quite ramped up the discipline to my schedule to the degree that I remain stocked and appointed properly.

I’ll be okay in the short run– I’ll be using my old Bayer Contour® meter until my new prescription comes in for the Nano. And this gives me a chance to finally break out the Contour NextLink meter that Medtronic sent me a while back. So it’s not all bad, though my BG tests may be “23 percent less accurate” for a few days.

If I’ve ever felt diabetes burnout, or been close to diabetes burnout in the past few years, it’s at times like this. But like all bumps in the road with this sucky condition we have, I have to do my best until I get the ship righted again. Because really, do I have another choice?

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  • surfacefine1  On May 9, 2013 at 8:28 am

    You had me at cray-cray! Most of my prescriptions automatically renew which helps me avoid this scenario although I once got low on pump supplies (should have renewed weeks before) and that did scare me a bit. I think all we can do is dust off and get back in the saddle (also add renewal reminders to calendar).


    • StephenS  On May 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Most of my items are on auto-renew, though Express Scripts is notorious for not notifying me if there’s an issue. Love your idea about adding renewal reminders to the calendar!


  • theperfectd  On May 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

    You always have another choice. It’s just not the one you want to choose. 😉


  • xxlovelylizxx  On May 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I love that you used the phrase, “cray, cray” because that is exactly how life seems sometimes. I have felt this diabetic burnout a few times. I always say that I am just so tired of this tedious disease. But, what can you do other than shrug your shoulders and keep on trucking. : )


  • Dabbit  On May 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

    It is pretty easy to forget things isn’t it? I went out this morning without my diabetic gear (meter, strips, glucose etc). Luckily I didn’t need it, but I did have the need of a pad and pen (in the said gear bag) so missed out on that). Last month I was persuaded to let my pharmacy take over my prescriptions, and they were great for… One month. Then didn’t ring this month so I have gone back to ordering my own.


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