In the last few weeks, I’ve taken some device breaks and reverted back to some of my multiple injection (MDI) ways (until skin rashes healed up, bruises started dotting up my skin landscape, and frustration with trying to draw up 1/4 of a unit of Humalog using a syringe tossed me back into DeviceLand). It was a good break and one I needed, but I was reminded of how many sharps I can accumulate during the course of a week on MDI.
Back when I lived at home with my parents, my mom used an empty detergent bottle to throw my sharps into. When it was full, she taped it up with duct tape and my dad disposed of it somewhere “official.” (But to be honest, I have no idea where he brought it. The shed at my childhood home could be filled with used insulin syringes shoved into fleets of Tide bottles, for all I know.) When I moved out and went to college, I continued the same system only I brought my full sharps containers to our local pharmacy.
These days, I don’t generate a lot of sharps and currently have a few containers that need to be disposed of (tips from Joslin on sharps disposal here), but that’s largely in part due to the fact that I rarely use syringes these days. Even when I’m on pump vacations, I tend to use insulin pens over orange-capped syringes. (Did anyone use one of these back in the day? I loved this thing. It was like a fingernail clipper for my drug paraphernalia.) I busted out a “formal” sharps container that I had in storage for the last few years and have been using it for pen needle tips, lancets, etc.
It feels strange and foreign to not be shoving my sharps into a discarded laundry detergent bottle. I feel like my sharps went all professional. Like they wear tie clips and have board room lunches. But, at the very least, they are properly contained and will be properly disposed of and that makes me feel like I’m properly PWD’ing.