I know my daily diabetes stuff produces a lot of waste, like the test strip I use every time I prick my finger and all the packaging that comes along with each disposable insulin pump infusion set.
But it wasn't until I changed my pump and my Dexcom sensor at once that I realized how much carnage I leave in my management wake.
Exhibit C (for crap, holy):
If you scoot over to Flickr, you can see each item flagged in the photo, but the basic gist is that two small bits of technology attached to my body creates a lot of waste. (The Blackberry is in the photo purely because I forgot to move it. It isn't related to diabetes management. Then again, with the number of emails I'm sending from that thing on an hourly basis on the climb, maybe it is. Digression? Yup.)
Other PWDs and parents of PWDs (POPWD?) have talked about the insane amount of diabetes-related garbage before, but this one night really showed me how so little goes such a long way - and not in a great way. And with Earth Day coming up at the end of April, I'm extra-aware of the mess I make sometimes. Do you guys put your stuff in a sharps container, or do you throw these things out? I used to be so good about clipping syringe tips and filling those coffee cans and taping them shut with electrical tape, but the last few years have produced medical waste that doesn't look as "druggy" as the orange-capped syringes of my past diabetes life. ;)
Once, in college, we had a party and threw out a lot of beer cans. (There were seven of us in one house, okay?) During the night, animals got into our garbage and we woke up to beer cans and - oh crap - syringes all over the front lawn. I. Was. Mortified and have been paranoid ever since. How do you guys dispose of your diabetes carnage? I need some tips, because I'm getting sloppy.
(Also also, SUM may have some downtime this weekend, as I'm moving some web bits around. So if you stop by over the weekend and hit a 404 or 500 error, please be patient. I should be back up by Monday morning. Thanks, and have a good weekend!)