If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you may already know that my son Kell has Type 1 diabetes. Managing his condition takes a LOT of different equipment and supplies, especially since he uses an insulin pump. For the longest time, I would just stack his boxes of supplies in a cupboard, but it was hard to tell how much we had of each item without unloading all the boxes. Eventually I got to the point where I knew I needed a better system!
I eventually came up with this little “medication station,” where we could store all of the items that help us manage Kell’s diabetes. This system can easily be adapted to help you manage a variety of health issues, or even just to help you stay in good health. :-)
Breaking Down Our “Medication Station”
Use a magazine holder to keep organized files of your medical documents, like bills, prescriptions, reports, and test results. Use a label maker or marker to label each file clearly.
If you have a lot of larger things that need to be stored, an oatmeal container makes a great storage place. To make it a bit nicer to look at, wrap a piece of scrapbook paper around the outside of the container and secure it with tape or glue. Make sure to stick a label on it, as well! We made one to hold the single-use plastic insertion devices that Kell uses to insert his insulin infusion sites.
Keep a small notepad nearby to jot down any relevant health information. Use it to keep track of glucose levels, food intake, physical activity, quality of sleep, or anything else that you may want to track over time.
A small 3-drawer organizational unit is perfect for keeping track of smaller supplies. We use this one to keep track of Kell’s insulin cartridges, infusion sets, and syringes (just as a backup.) I especially appreciate the clear drawers on this unit, because it’s easy to tell if we’re running low on anything.
Use a 7-day pill organizer to keep track of your daily medications or vitamins. Having one compartment for each day is a good visual reminder to take your meds!
Placing Your Medication Station
Keep your medication station wherever makes the most sense for you. If you spend a lot of time in your home office, set it up on your desk or a shelf. If you usually take your medications in the kitchen, set your medication station up on your counter or up on a shelf. Wherever you decide to set it up, just make sure it’s visible! You’ll be more likely to use it if you see it every day.
Hopefully this system will inspire you to create one of your own to help you feel more organized and in control of your health. If you have a system that works for you, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, and let’s continue the conversation! :-)