Old School Insulin Storage.
Diabetes supplies used to be pretty damn tough. And insulin storage was downright badass.
When I was in college, I was on injection therapy, taking Regular insulin and UltraLente. Instead of my current insulin pump, I used orange capped syringes and old school insulin pens. The insulin pens were awesome and made out of metal, making them almost bulletproof. One afternoon, I was heading out with one of my roommates to go to class and I back up the car along the gravel driveway. To feel a little bit of a buckle and a crunch.
"Oh for crying out loud," I muttered, wondering what I just ran over. I opened the door, popped my head out, and rolled the car forward to reveal my insulin pen, crushed underneath the back wheel.
"Shit! I killed the pen!" I unbuckled and retrieved the pen from the driveway, expecting to pick up shards.
But the thing was perfectly intact, only a few scratches on from the gravel. I was impressed.
Then there was "the blue case." From the time I was a kid, I stored my insulin in this blue cool pack that was virtually indestructable. It was a blue zipper case with a heavy cool pack in the middle that I'd store in the freezer at night and then stick in the bag for the duration of the following day. This pack was dragged everywhere from the beach to school to sleep overs to the car for long road trips to airplanes to my first apartment. And it withstood the test of time, refusing to succumb heat, cold, jostling, and being slammed in the trunk door by accident. (I am an abusive insulin keeper, it seems.)
Even though I've switched from injections to insulin pumping, I still have these diabetes relics from ancient times. The blue case is under the bed somewhere, and that metal insulin pen is in the pen cup on my desk at home. Saving these bits of diabetes memorabilia isn't just unique to my dLife - apparently, Jim Turner does it, too.
When he came to visit the office a few weeks back, he brought in this little pellet of a thing that stored his insulin vial. "Protects it from being cracked if it falls or something." It was worn from several decades of use, but it still did its job.
I thought it was awesome. It was like a beer cozy for insulin. (Cozy? Koozi? Kangaroo? I have no idea.) I have only broken a bottle of insulin once, but of course it was the last one in my stash, thus creating chaos. Anything that protects supplies, I am a fan of.
What kinds of tools from years gone by are you still hanging on to?