Why does it stay this way? Why are we keeping all of this trash in here? Because testing is among the least interesting parts of the day. Meter, test strip, lancet, blood, tissue, number, go. It's time to eat, or head to volleyball practice, or go back to whatever was happening before the Dexcom alarmed.
We typically don't clean it out until the mess diminishes its functionality. Or until there's an impending risk of dumping test strips all over the floor of a friend's house or a fancy restaurant.
Otherwise, I sort of see this mess as a good thing. It means we have better things to do than tidy up the meter case. It means we have better things to do than worry about diabetes for a second longer than we have to.
It's an excellent excuse anyway.
More Diabetes Blog Week posts on the 'Clean It Out' topic can be found HERE!