“Diabetes is just one aspect of a child with type 1. Of course, take care of their medical needs, but try to make them feel like a kid first and foremost.”
“Though you want your child to eventually self-manage their diabetes, take back over care if it becomes too much for them or they need a break. They have their entire life with diabetes ahead of them.”
SafeNeedleDisposal.org provides safe medical sharps disposal information based on zip code. The site is run by NeedyMeds, a national non-profit patient education organization.
Years ago our local pharmacy had a sharps recycling program. They gave you the container, and you returned it when it was full. I was saddened when they ended the program because I try to do my due diligence when it comes to the mounds of diabetes trash we generate, especially syringes, which can accidentally hurt someone if not disposed of properly.
We collect our used syringes (sharps) in an empty detergent bottle. When it’s about 3/4 of the way full, we cap it and tape the cap. I write “SHARPS” all over it with Sharpie. And then we put it in our normal curbside garbage.
While this is one of the ways that you can properly dispose of sharps, I was happy to see that when I entered our zip code into the search box on the SafeNeedleDisposal.org website that there were three different locations nearby that receive sharps.
I also learned these important points from the website:
Watch this video to learn more about safely disposing of your sharps:
How do you deal with the mounds of waste that diabetes produces, particularly the used syringes? Let me know in the comments.
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