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I don't collect things.  Chris and I were talking about this the other day, how we don't have stamp collections or all of the teaspoons from each state or a vast closet filled with winter hats with fuzzy yarn pom-poms at the top.  (Though I secretly - and now openly - wish I had a collection of puppets.) 

But I do have a small and eclectic collection of medical items.  I have a basket full of ancient glucose meters in my bathroom cupboard.  In my jewelry box, there's a drawer dedicated to the sturdy-yet-sterile looking medical alert bracelets and necklaces I wore as I kid. I have a whole cabinet dedicated to unused lancing devices, injection supplies, bits and pieces of diabetes paraphernalia that I've taken home from conferences, and the odd thigh holster for hiding an insulin pump.

And now, lining up along the ledge on my bathroom counter, is this small, but growing, army of insulin bottles.  

"SALUTE US, damn it!"

When I change my infusion set, this moment usually takes place in the bathroom, with my supplies lined up on the counter.  So when an insulin bottle has its last units borrowed, it ends up as part of this guard.  Sometimes I salute them.  (No I don't.)  (Okay, I did once.)

I'm not a collector, but I may be a hoarder.  A diabetes hoarder.


FACT: If you have diabetes, you become a Diabetes Hoarder. :)`

If I can learn to knit, I am going to make you these for your bottles:


So you have a two-fer collection.

Concerning the medical alert bracelets you wore as a child. I hope you have one you wear as an Adult. I am currently checking on my 15 year old to make sure he wears his dog tag daily

If you're diabetic for any length of time, you ultimately are a hoarder of sorts. It goes with the territory!

I spent time over the last couple of days throwing! Everything! Meters, lancets, new meters with the strips strangely missing from the boxes! I hear ya.

I have not collected all the insulin bottles since 1942, but I did save a few of them.

I think we develop the "I might need this someday" mentality., with our diabetes products.
I have an entire dresser with log books, meters, diabetes education manuals, etc. etc., that I have scaled down about 25? times since my introduction to diabetes 101 in 1972.
I recently had a bon fire throwing in my old log books dating back to prehistoric times.

Yes, it's true it comes with the territory. I try to periodically go through my stash of test strips, pen needles and syringes and take multiple boxes to a county senior care center because they've expressed a need for their clients.

Nicolep, those bottle beanie caps are sooooo cute. I have tried to crochet for years.
I bet I could find at least 2 or 3 old glucose meters in my stash. Didn't want to part with them just in case my new meter broke down.
By the way, I collect refrigerator magnets. I have to place them up high away from our granddaughters.

i wish i had a collection of medical id bracelets..of any kind :) i've been t1 for 16 years and i have never had a bracelet of that kind...for a few years i've been trying to find some but i've had no success yet... ordering them from US is either impossible (not delivering) or really expencive (last attempt would have cost me 150€ for one really modest bracelet)... would order some from EU, but still haven't found anything I'd like...
so i think your collection is cool...admirable ;)

Has anyone found a use for all the empty canisters of test strips? My grandkids used them for learning how to count.

I use the empty canisters of test strips to mix and store my painting medium. If you know of an artist...they would be thrilled to have some.
I always share mine with artist friends. For me, I find art so much more fun to collect. ;0)

My 11 year old T1 and her 6 year old sister like to decorate old test strip canisters to hold daddy's guitar picks, small sewing supplies (beads, needles, buttons) and little brothers pebble collection. :)

Hoarders Unite! (Kind of catchy, huh?) Great post!

I've been noodling ideas for the empty insulin pen cartridges and vials. And all those crazy test strip bottles! I've not thrown one away since Charlo's T1D diagnosis eight months ago. There is something about keeping the evidence of this struggle, showing other people the heaps of biohazards and debris that comes from T1D management, that makes me feel less invisible. And somehow hopeful for the future.

I never could see the point in collecting things. I was advised, when my son was diagnosed, to begin hoarding diabetes stuff, which I have faithfully done. It goes very much against the grain!

Okay, I can understand hoarding half empty bottles, but why are you holding on to completely empty ones?

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