Good Things II

The filled cartridges are upright, with their needles and blue plungers in place for last-minute purging. I will do it this way forever, or until I realize this is all completely wrong.

Bubble Free Loading UPDATE: Bad Idea

Lately this work: pre-fill four, five cartridge. Store upright in insulin box mark w/date. Over time bubbles rise. Make bubble-free cartridge load almost 100% guarantee. Bigfoot, BSpouse also keep alcohol swipes this location. Otherwise not remember use. Also store some empty cartridge. Not sure why.

Probably say this before.

I also got that rad knitted dish cloth because Raising Colorado said so. There are just some people in the DOC…I do whatever they say.

Clean Something

Everyone avid reader Raising Colorado Hot Mess 31 Day Chore Binge. Homemade Shower Cleaner huge hit this household. BSpouse spray everywhere: not only tile shower, glass door, also toilet, kitchen sink. Clean, clean, clean.

No relation Type 1 diabetes except that how come Bigfoot find Raising Colorado.

Odorless tower of salami.

No-Touch Meat Solution

Bigfoot not care for meat. Bubs love meat. Every day lunch: salami. One package this salami = 5 x 4 slice servings. Gather five cheap container for dedicated salami use. While feel brave, package up one fell swoop, put out of mind until next week.

Not revolutionary idea (i.e. plan ahead), but every time grab hermetically sealed, odor/oil-free salami cup, feel grateful former self touch meat all at once, current self not have to.



  1. Ann · November 2, 2012

    Bubs could package his own salami once a week, just saying. And I mean that without any actress or bishop at all.


    • Katy · November 2, 2012

      This is not sarcasm: it never occurred to me to ask him to do it. Thank you.


  2. Mary M · November 2, 2012

    I don’t want to be a buzz kill. BUT. I had the bubble problem. Animas told me I could prefill the syringe, but not a bunch at a time b/c they didn’t want it sitting in the syringes. Filling one the night before was OK, but several days ahead was bad. Something about reacting with plastic and no longer having the same strength is what I vaguely remember. If you want to prefill syringes, I would confirm with someone that the insulin still has the same potency and that there’s no reason not to.

    Home with a sick kid after two days and nights of chasing lows, cheers.


    • Katy · November 2, 2012

      oh no! oh no! oh no! i so love the feeling of having a bunch lined up.

      this makes sense to me though, because if it were really OK to pre-fill way in advance, wouldn’t they just deliver the cartridges perfectly filled?



    • laura · November 2, 2012

      I’m also scolded all the time by my CDE for using 6 days worth of insulin in a reservoir instead of three because of the plastic thing. Also insulin should be kept in the dark (like me sometimes). I can’t wait to use the cleaner!


      • Katy · November 2, 2012

        the system was too good to be true. I need to fix this post. blargh.


      • laura · November 2, 2012

        Meh. I still do my 6 day reservoir. I know people that do one or two and keep them in the fridge all lined up. I’ve never been able to find info on the plastic thing. It must be true or else why would insulin come in glass vials. But I wanted to find percentage of degradation, how long/fast, etc. Maybe I’ll look again.
        **********not medical advice**************
        I feel I need to put that every single place I use the work insulin or diabetes.


      • laura · November 2, 2012
      • Mary M · November 2, 2012

        I missed the whole conversation, thanks for considering it.


      • Linda · November 3, 2012

        I wonder why they don’t just make the cartridges glass then? I do the same as you, Laura – fill the cartridge all the way and it lasts nicely as many as 7 days, me changing sites every 3, no problems – all while attached to my 98.6 degree bod 24/7. And I even refill my cartridges once using 13-cent sterile livestock syringes from the feed store.

        I don’t use an insulin pen – but to any of you who know: Are the refill cartridges glass or plastic? That’s 300 mls, right?… Ok, I read the discussion thread you put on, BF, and they ARE plastic. So 300 ml plastic cartridges are ok for pen using children, but NOT for pumpers. I smell a rat in this maze.

        And for that matter, if it’s true the plastic leeches into the insulin, why the hell is 3 days ok for our babies??


      • amireally · November 6, 2012

        @ Linda – my pen cartridges were glass (though I haven’t used a pen in a couple years. but they were always glass.


  3. Nicolep · November 2, 2012

    I love that salami. Sorry, bfoot… šŸ˜›


    • Katy · November 2, 2012

      you and B have so much in common!


  4. Zakary · November 2, 2012

    Clean showers=good


    • Katy · November 2, 2012

      I had to make a 2nd batch already.


  5. Robin Jingjit · November 2, 2012

    Weird. I don’t really like touching raw meat… but I hardly consider salami to be meat. Are you a vegetarian, or it is only the touching you don’t like.


    • Katy · November 2, 2012

      I don’t like touching it or eating it or thinking about it.


  6. Katy · November 2, 2012

    Or this from the Royal College of Nurses: “pre-mixing and pre- loading insulin into a syringe for use by the patient at a later date must be seen as a final option when all other avenues using injection devices have been explored. Insulin can be pre-loaded, with the exceptions listed above, and stored in the fridge (Campbell et al., 1993). There are studies that have shown that pre-filled syringes of either single formulations, with the exception of Lantus*, or insulin mixtures remain stable and sterile for 28 days at refrigerator temperatures (Kasmer et al., 1986; Tarr et al., 1991).” I’m junking this idea.


  7. Katy · November 2, 2012

    Or this from a Children With Diabetes discussion:

    Lots of people are doing this pre-filling business and not noticing a loss of efficacy, but now I think the plastic chemicals probably sneak into the insulin, for a cocktail worse than tomatoes in a BPA-lined can. (But I do blithely use those Muir Glen Fire Roasteds.)

    Goodbye to all that.


  8. Scott K. Johnson · November 2, 2012

    I love that diabetes connected you with Raising Colorado, and that it’s resulted in some non-diabetes related cool stuff. Something pretty cool about that.

    Also love the no meat touching thing. Meat kind of weirds me out too…


  9. Sara · November 3, 2012

    Hovered over that “some people” tag and got a good laugh!

    Thank you!

    Also, salami = disgusting!


  10. shannon · November 5, 2012

    bummer that your good idea had to be redlined. it was good while it lasted!

    i also dislike handling meat (that’s what she said).


    • Katy · November 5, 2012

      I saw the D-mom who told me to do the many-fillings at once method. I wanted to say something along the lines of, “I’m sure you already know that it’s not recommended, so how did you decided to keep doing the many-fillings-at-once method? Cuz I don’t want to spend any more time gathering my own experiences, I just want to skip ahead to the part where I know things.”


      • shannon · November 6, 2012

        wouldn’t we all love to skip ahead! let me know if you figure that one out!!


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