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Tidying Up Your Type 2 Diabetes

Marie Kondo’s series “Tidying Up” has hit Netflix following her best-selling book covering the topic of decluttering one’s life. It got me thinking – what could I do to tidy up my life with type 2 diabetes?

Organizing type 2 diabetes: medical supplies

The easiest thing to do, of course, was reorganizing the bathroom drawer full of medical supplies. Throwing out expired prescriptions, sorting blood glucose test strips by expiration date, and checking a backup blood glucose meter’s batteries all were quickly accomplished.

Organizing type 2 diabetes: medication storage

Another quick win helped save space in the tiny studio apartment in which I live. At some point, I had placed all of my daily medications and supplements on a kitchen counter, which was becoming cumbersome. I knew I would even make excuses about not making a healthy home-cooked meal due to the lack of space. Keeping them in the bathroom was out of the question due to a previous decision that it was more difficult to remember my mealtime doses if they were out of sight, out of mind. I placed all the medications and supplements back on the table I use both as a computer desk and a dining table, to both get them off the kitchen counter and to remember to take them with breakfast and dinner.

After making the space in which I live more functional, getting in charge of when I order refills of all my prescriptions, from metformin to thyroid replacement hormone and everything in between, became a priority. While it is nice to have an extra month’s supply of medication on hand, it can also be harder on the checking account when dealing with a high deductible health plan. I began noting when I started a new bottle of a 90-day supply of each of the medications I am prescribed and have set reminders to reorder two weeks ahead of when I expect to run out of them. Same goes for supplements that I take, which brings me to the next item.

Organizing type 2 diabetes: medication side effects

Tingly and numb fingers had me worried about neuropathy becoming the first diabetes-related complication I would experience. While my primary care physician was off on maternity leave, I happened to have a conversation with another of my health care providers who felt a reduction in energy levels might be indicative of a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Within days, not only did I have more energy, but the tingly and numb fingers went away. I needed to read up more on B-12 deficiency and was reminded that metformin can cause it and that any symptoms such as those tingly and numb fingers would go away quickly. This reminded me to check on the side effects of all medications and supplements on an annual basis (or more often if a new symptom surfaces).

Organizing type 2 diabetes: small changes add up

These changes seem small, but they will add up in rewards. After I changed the placement of where I store current medications and supplements, I also realized that I could change up the layout of furniture for more space to spread out a yoga mat to reduce excuses in the area of exercise. More control over when money is spent on medications, which will lead to being able to spread out payments a bit further apart from each other on the different ones that I take. A yearly review of side effects will alleviate worry about new symptoms if a doctor’s visit is not an option. Tidying up…it’s a trend that makes sense.

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