Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out. What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out? This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to. Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?
Diabetes Blog Week – May 13, 2015
A few weeks ago I realized that there’s one particular physical manifestation of my diabetes that I haven’t taken out in quite some time: my sharps container.
Before switching to an insulin pump, I was filling these things up on the regular. Insulin pen needles take up quite a bit of space if you don’t keep track of everything. In San Francisco, Walgreens offer free sharps containers at their pharmacy, all you have to do is ask. Of course, with two people generating somewhere between twelve and twenty used insulin pen needles a day, I was exchanging a full container for a new one often. I’m sure the kind lady at our local Walgreens pharmacy thought I was quite the deviant.
But now, I’m only tossing in the needle that is used in a cartridge change every three-ish days.
Organization has always been a thing that comes naturally to me. For some reason, I think it’s fun to sort things. Clothing is arranged according to Roy G. Biv. Physical media is alphabetized. It’s just something that I do.
Now thanks to a recent purchase at Target, pictured above, shoe storage reaches a new level of fun.
This tidiness excitement matches well with my life with diabetes, too. Keeping track of test strips, insulin pump supplies, Dexcom sensors, insulin, alcohol swabs, and all that jazz is much easier to navigate when I know where everything is and how much I have left.
Considering the cost of all these supplies, I figure showing them the respect of a standard home in our closet is the least I can do.
Longtime followers know that I am never satisfied with the layout of this blog. I’m constantly evaluating new themes and sidebar configurations in search of something better, or at least more optimal. I really wish I could settle on one idea for an extended period of time, and I feel like this current iteration is a great step towards satisfaction, but I still can’t stop.
To that end, today I’ve adjusted yet another back-end type setting, my post categories. I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who notices this stuff – and even though I’m calling it out right now, I’m sure it will continue to go unnoticed. But I feel like I, and this, has grown beyond ‘Wilford Brimley’ type classifications and call it what it is: life with diabetes. I haven’t completely grown out of that type of “humor”, but I am growing up a bit. At least now I can outwardly show (or prove) it if necessary.
That’s a whole lot of diabetes goodies. We could run a small pharmacy out of this closet. Actually, that’s probably seventeen different kinds of illegal so let’s scratch that one. On the plus side, there is now room for a mini fridge for insulin and Capri-sun.