Action Potential

Some time ago, I read—out of the corner of my eye—on someone’s Facebook wall, something about Zakary taking her daughter’s kachunkers out of their boxes and putting them into a bin.

A bin! A BIN. (!)

I did not read Zakary’s post at that time. The knowledge that somewhere in Colorado someone was ripping open/flattening/recycling (burning?)(wild west) a thousand small, horrible boxes and placing, dumping—no—pouring (like basmati into a burlap sack on a sunny day!) the contents of the boxes into a bin set my bin brain on fire. 

Oh boy. I went out to the Target and bought all of the bins: eleven. I crushed Inset 30 boxes. Kachunkers: BIN. I took sensors out of their giant boxes—>BIN. I took cartridges out of their less-offensive boxes: BIN. AND BIN AGAIN. Wow! A lot of cartridges.

Then I took syringes out of their plastic baggie—>bin. I took alcohol swipes out of their box—>bin? Hmm. That was anticlimactic.

Later I was directed to the bins post at Raising Colorado by Meri’s Best of the Betes post, and got a shiver. Reader, I had selected exactly the same bins as the genius herself.

Behold my bins.


Left side, from the top:

cartridges, cartridges

Cartridges, cartridges

and more cartridges. Does the way I have the boxes facing make me seem racist?

And more cartridges. To be binned prn. Does the way I have the boxes facing make me seem racist?


And then:

kachunkers and *tubing*

kachunkers and that dreariest of drearies: tubing. IN BINS.


test strips and lancets. Lancets didn't get a bin because I can't imagine ever needing another.

test strips and lancets. Lancets didn’t get a bin because I can’t imagine ever needing one with any sort of urgency.

And finally, in the bottom drawer:

Dexcom outfits and a dryer ball (only God creates perfection), spare meters, chargers, and the steel-needle infusion sets I now have but am afraid to try

Dexcom outfits, dongle cradle, and a dryer ball. Spare meters, chargers, and the steel-needle infusion sets I now possess but am afraid to try (hidden under folder of instructions from Animas rep)

But wait, there’s more! On the right, from the top:

Batteries, battery caps, cartridge caps, sticky swipes and anti-sticky swipes I never use but imagine I'll need as soon as I throw them away, flexifix tape scissors, alcohol swipes

It’s dark in here: batteries, battery caps, cartridge caps, sticky swipes and anti-sticky swipes, flexifix tape, scissors, alcohol swipes


this was just dumb. If you use syringe/week, I would advise leaving them in their baggie. It's not pretty, but it keeps things corralled

Rarely used items like syringes and the ketone meter and the ketone strips for the meter. In the rear: pen needles and the Luxura insulin pen, as seen on the very special episode of Mad Men when Joan gets diabetes.

and this:






  1. Scott E · May 4, 2014

    “Bins, bins, good for your heart. The more you eat the more you…” (Oh wait. That’s the beans rhyme, not the bins one. Sorry).

    I’ve done the poor-man’s version of the bins thing before (read: cardboard shipping boxes with an ugly Edgepark logo on it), but I always worry about rotation. What if the strips at the bottom of the box end up being 12 years old because I always take from the top? And what if there’s a kachuncker problem and they need the manufacturer’s lot number? And what if…

    So I’ve kinda given up on the bins thing. But I wonder if I should reconsider. If only because putting on my favorite pair of steel-toed work boots and stomping on a bunch of empty diabetes-supply boxes gives me great joy. It’s a great stress relief. (As is stomping on a shipping carton with the Edgepark logo).

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    • Katy · May 4, 2014

      Getting rid of the boxes felt so, so good.

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  2. Susan A. · May 4, 2014

    Are we to assume you have recovered from your galling experience?? Have been sending you silent feel-better-quick wishes!!

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    • Katy · May 4, 2014

      I wrote this about a month ago & posted it today to remind me of how industrious I am when I’m not spaced out on narcotics. So please keep sending the magical wishes!


  3. Katie · May 4, 2014

    I’m going to pretend I didn’t read the “Mad Men” spoiler.

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  4. Laddie · May 4, 2014

    Although the bin look is very tempting, I only empty one box at a time. More than once when I have changed types of infusion sets or test strips, Edgepark has allowed me to return unopened boxes of supplies that were purchased from Edgepark and exchange them for a different type. Also if there ends up being a recall on any type of supply, it is much easier to know if any of your supplies are affected. But the bins certainly look nice:-)

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    • Katy · May 4, 2014

      Oh, ugh. Good point. I’ll be sending back recalled supplies in a shoebox.

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  5. ZDub · May 4, 2014

    BOOM. Killing it.

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    • Katy · May 4, 2014

      Hey, dreamgirl.


  6. Theresa · May 4, 2014

    Funny, you did this a month ago and not now on meds. While reading it, I was thinking, you are so HIGH.

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  7. peaceloveinsulin · May 4, 2014

    bin-there…bin-that! we are a bin-family, too – love it!

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  8. mollyjade · May 5, 2014

    I’m jealous of your stash. All my supplies are squeezed onto 2/3 of a narrow linen closet shelf. We’re short on closet space around here.


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