Friday, May 20, 2016

Diabetes and Disasters... a follow-up

Tips and Tricks - Friday 5/20 

Let's round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From how you organize supplies to how you manage gear on the go/vacation (beach, or skiing, or whatever). From how you keep track of prescription numbers to how you remember to get your orders refilled. How about any “unconventional” diabetes practices, or ways to make diabetes work for YOU (not necessarily how the doctors say to do it!). There's always something we can learn from each other. (Remember though, please no medical advice or dangerous suggestions.)

My name is Joanne, and I horde diabetes supplies. 

Remember this post from a few months ago, when I told the story of a co-worker of Fred's who lost his house in a tornado?  I wrote about wanting to organize Elise's supplies in such a way that they would be easy to grab in case of an emergency.

Well, I am proud to say... I did it!

It tok a few days, but here are the pictures to prove it:

The before... yikes
The carnage begins
I found these totes at Costco for about $10 each
Because the dex boxes take up too much space, I bought large ziploc bags and organized the sensors by date
The aforementioned ziploc bags.  I'm entirely too lazy to flip the picture.  Sorry
The totes now reside at the back of our tornado room
So shiny and organized! That paper taped to the door? Instructions on mixing U-20 insulin.  I can't bring myself to take it down for some reason.
I keep enough supplies in the cupboard so I'm not continuously running to the closet, and everything is organized by date, so I know what to use first.  It feels good to have it all together!

Now I just need to keep on top of it as supplies come in.


  1. Good idea! I haven't seen those big storage bags. Tell Elise I said, "Hi!"

  2. Love the organization although I will say that the before didn't look too bad to me haha.

  3. only other diabetics would get so excited over that cabinet. that cabinet is AMAZING!!! ;)

  4. I am also a professional hoarder of diabetes supplies. My supplies give me comfort. LOL At least that is what I tell my wife. Truthfully I really just like stuff, I think.

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of May 16, 2016.

  5. Great idea to have the supplies ready to go!


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