Additional diabetes junk trauma

By | 16 January, 2014
No, not that type of junk

No, not that type of junk

I’ve always hated diabetes junk. Never mind limbs rotting off and kidneys drowning in a sea of glucose. Oh no, my number one diabetes whinge, out of all proportion to the gravity of the problem, is diabetes junk.

And when I thought I was coping well with the multitude of boxes of infusion sets, test strips, sensors, insulin, spare syringes, reservoirs and dust balls living under my bed we’ve hit a problem. The child is starting to move!

At 8 months Eva no longer stays where I left her. Which is inconvenient at best. And general concensus is that I should be encouraging this rather than putting her on a short lead attached to a stake in the ground (it was only an idea, we haven’t actually done it, no need to despatch social services…yet).

So the junk needs to go up in the world. Because who wants to see a toddler inserting an infusion set into her leg whilst drinking insulin out of a syringe?

Stand by Ikea, we’re on our way for high level diabetes junk storage solutions. Or we will be once I’ve stopped the child eating shampoo.

10 thoughts on “Additional diabetes junk trauma

  1. Tim

    I have an IKEA chest of drawers by the side of my bed and the bottom drawer is divided using IKEA box thingies – this is used for day to day stuff. I then have a giant IKEA box under our IKEA bed which contains more IKEA box thingies which store less used kit.

    It’s as if IKEA is specifically trying to be diabetes-friendly. Pity they don’t pay any tax in the UK*

    * allegedly

  2. Annette A

    I think this new version of the forum is out to get me. It first posted my comment onto a long ago post (Tims a Criminal or something) and then seems to have deleted it altogether!

  3. Annette A

    Ah yes, child-proofing. Not my own, but a time when I had my niece staying with me for a few days. My kit was all left on my bedside cabinet (where it usually lives). I walked in to find her carefully arranging all the needles/sets/glucose/junk in a nice, neat line on the bed – so she could see what was there, she said (age about 3 at the time). I now ensure that my bedroom door is firmly shut whenever I have little visitors…
    (Thanks Tim!)

  4. Mike

    Slight irony in my memory of arriving home once to find my wife and toddler daughter assembling some IKEA flatpack.

    Daughter beamed and said that she and mummy had been ‘playing with sharp things’

    1. Alison Post author

      I’m in awe of your wife attempting flatpack with toddler. That sounds like something you’d need a good helping of gin to get through

  5. lizz

    Oh, I love assembling Ikea stuff!

    (Tim, this is a much nicer font, but too small for my eyes to see!)

    My daughter learned to walk the day she was 9 months old. She’d been crawling and standing since nearly 6 months. That was hard. The word ‘no’ was used a lot. Such a lot in fact, that it was her first spoken word apart from mumma and dada on precisely the same day!

    We have a cat we don’t want in the bedrooms. We shut the doors.

    1. lizz

      Replying to myself here – the font size once posted is massive – just while writing it is titchy. In case anyone thinks I must be blind!

      1. Tim

        The font size changes depending on whether you’re commenting on the blog or on the forums as it’s actually two entirely different systems that have been hacked together.

        I’ll see what I can do about it – I know you all have strong views on typefaces.


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