Yep, my wife Suzi, our dog Riley and I’m making the move back to Michigan today, leaving Indiana after living here for 11 decades. Today is actually the big day, so I’m off the grid boxes and furniture into the giant UHaul truck before we hit the road for the nation we haven’t managed to phone home for several decades.
“Do not forget the dog, do not overlook the diabetes supplies in case of emergency… Notably the insulin!!”
This was a long time in the making, and we’re in our mid-30s, we have gathered a boatload of married couple belongings and diabetes things to organize, pack and move with us much different than back in 2004 when we arrived here in our mid-20s just before getting married.
That was a time before I’d found the Diabetes Online Community and definitely before I started working professionally in the diabetes world, so my Master List of D-stuff has exploded since then. In concept, moving between adjoining countries shouldn’t be such a big deal, in contrast to cross-country or coast-to-coast moves. Nonetheless, it’s still quite the haul.
Here’s a look at the diabetes-related aspects of this movement which come up:
Moving Supplies Are Significant
Boxes: Because, after living with T1D for 31 decades and covering the diabetes because your specialist gig for over three decades, you collect a good deal of crap things — from occasion notepads, to diabetes books I’ve reviewed, into a bevy of older meters and goods. This all has to fit in alongside the non-diabetes material for my office, and of course cookbooks and sneakers and sports paraphernalia and all types of household items. Whew!
Lenny is ready for the movement, full with his “Got Islets?” Hat plus a T1D Foam Finger!
Can you see the oldest D-supply? I Spy some quit BD sugar tab squares!
Box of Batman diabetes stuff for the office
Interesting Tape: Not just to package up all of your stuff and certainly indicate the boxes, but also to add some flair into your diabetes cases so that you do not confuse them as only more items to stuff-into-a-box-and-pack-away-forever. Since I frequently joke that I’m like Batman, carrying all kinds of cool diabetes gear on my belt such as the caped crusader does with of his gadgets, that’s what I am indicating my D boxes together: Batman Tape!
Stray Supplies: Could you guess the number of test strips, lancets and arbitrary batteries and supplies have been sprinkled around the home, nudged into nooks and hiding behind furniture? Let’s just say that If you remember the number of years I’ve been living with diabetes, you are not far off…
And seriously, I found an older ForaCare test strip there — which I’d used for about a week tops, for a product inspection over a year ago, and somehow that strip was among the many that got out!
Simple to Recognize Totes: We have a pair of these flat-hinged plastic bags that live under the bed, and that’s where I keep the majority of my current and in-use diabetes provides. This includes backup meters, lancets, syringes, alcohol swabs, insulin pump supplies and CGM detectors, and many other items I just might desire. The plastic bags slide directly into the moving truck and people could stack other boxes on top, no issue. And since they stand out, there’s no confusion about where my necessary supplies will end up, after we hit the new residence.
Charging Cables Galore: Yep, I have a Good Deal of them. Organizing and storing is no easy task. I just returned from a few of the big diabetes summer conferences, and having many of those wires in my backpack meant they were all tangled together and took quite a while to be unwound and unknotted.
I’ve taken to labeling each of the wires and wires since they look very much the same. I cut up small pieces of shipping labels, and write a note to describe whether it is “DEX” or “Droid,” my “HdPhnz” or “Halo” portable charger. And of course my iPad and Macbook who have their own distinctive white Apple chargers.
Luckily, the Dexcom along with my USB thumbnail Bayer meter are my sole diabetes devices do not take batteries (so they want a cable). I’m personally glad that it only takes a AAA battery to improve my insulin pump back to life. We actually lost electricity for a couple of days a week or two before this Big Transfer, along with my labeling along with a nearby Starbucks helped keep most of my devices fully charged. I’m hoping all of this labeling and organization pays off for the visit to Michigan.
Books are heavy and take up a lot of space, yo. We have two narrow, five-shelf bookcases that match nicely along the walls in my past offices. However, in our new home, we’re losing a bedroom and I’m worried about having enough space for all the reading material I’ve stocked up through recent years.
Truth is, I love to continue to books, including some best-read school books and literature classics that still possess the “used” labels on them. With all the D-books I’ve received and reviewed here in the ‘Mine within the last couple of decades, it is a little bit like a wing of a Diabetes Library on my end.
By count, I came across 26 D-books scattered about to the not-very-organized bookshelves in my home office. A couple of these were doubles, and also this pile just from my office didn’t even take into account the D-cookbooks that live in our kitchen and the e-books downloaded onto my Kindle devices.
I really need to donate some of them into the local ADA and JDRF offices along with my cherished Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana (DYFI) camp. Really, why bunch them up and schlep them along, when they will do much more good in the hands of fresh optimistic readers?
It can get a little hairy and stressful creating a movement in this way, once you’re stuffing your entire life into boxes to get a very long haul to some other location. So you really do need to keep a sense of humor and have some fun, right?
Don’t Worry, I Wasn’t Low!
But in the event, I will have some useful hypo treatments in the moving truck cab! Always good to have an emergency kit of some sort available also, since moving furniture and boxes can quickly make blood glucose plummet. Never hurts to have a cold Diet Coke available, either!
Prescriptions and Endo Change
Of course, cleaning out the fridge was a essential evil. And as any insulin addict might suspect, the very last items to depart the fridge are such crucial insulin vials and pens in the recently-stocked skillet… before moving them into the above-displayed cooler for transportation.
And of course with this particular move, I will want to find a new endocrinologist.
I had mentioned before that I cut ties with my previous endo before this summer. So now, it is almost time to settle the person who will become my new diabetes physician (TBD whether that endo-to-be should be considered blessed or murdered. .) . I have narrowed the list to two in the Metro Detroit area, both well-respected with particular talents that I’m looking for. Maybe I will leave that choice for a later day, after the boxes are unpacked…
Luckily, I’m not in a rush to pick. My prescriptions are up-to-date with numerous refills accessible, so shifting over to your new drugstore should be a simple job that won’t require a lot of legwork on my end. Additionally, I happen to know both endos pretty well and they have both agreed to get me into the office quickly if something comes up. So, that’s a comfort and a fantastic benefit when moving between nations!
Driving 300+ miles from Central Indiana into Southeast Michigan isn’t high on my list of fun, but it is another essential evil of this entire procedure. Together with our worldly belongings packed into the rear of the moving truck (minus some fragile items we hauled earlier during special trips by car), I will browse the interstates and roadways toward our new home.
Of course, I will have my Dexcom G4 my Nightscout/CGM in the Cloud installment on my side, so I will be sharing information with Suzi, who will be behind the wheel of her own car behind me. And that’s where our Riley Dog will be, also.
Next time I write, I will be settling into the new Michigan home. Also to be known as: The DiabetesMine Great Lakes Office!
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