A friend recently asked me what I have in the diabetes pack that I carry everywhere.
Well, for starters, there is my rapid-acting insulin (NovoLog) and long-acting insulin (Lantus)—each with a syringe rubber banded to the bottle.
I always have glucose tablets for treating low blood glucose, a tube of glucose gel for emergencies, and two extra syringes.
There is also a blood glucose meter and jar of test strips. I have tried many other good meters over the years, but this is the only brand for which my insurance (Kaiser) supplies strips—and I do like getting the results in five seconds.
People always ask me why I am not using an insulin pen. “I’m old fashioned,” I tell them.
Actually, attaching my syringes in this fashion keeps them from getting mixed up. When the syringe gets dull, I toss it into a sharps container and start using a new one.
Using a syringe instead of an insulin pen is like having a preference for a manual transmission over automatic—you have more control. Sometimes I need only 1 unit, or 1.5 units of NovoLog. This is easy for me to measure on a syringe with half unit markings.
Here are some shots of me taking my insulin and testing my blood glucose.
Type 1, 30 years (and counting)
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|1. Here is what goes into my diabetes pack every day.|
|2. I always have these on hand to treat a hypo.|
|3. Lancing my little finger.|
|4. Getting the drop of blood on the meter’s strip.|
|5. Have you ever tested and taken insulin while standing in line at the movies?|
|6. NovoLog and Lantus insulin in different sized dispensers keeps them from getting mixed up.|
|7. Getting ready to take my rapid-acting insulin.|
|8. I take the rapid-acting NovoLog in my stomach.|
|9. Lantus gets drawn up.|
|10. Long-acting Lantus being shot into the leg. (Yes, through my jeans.)|