As I am a pump person we have found the blue plastic bit at the end of the syringe which hides the needle going into the insulin vial very useful for the Doc Who Tardis model made by my son. The plastic canula packaging have become eye parts on kids models at the local school where I work and the two(why 2 ?) booklets which I get with the canulas are recycled. Otherwise sharps in the sharp bin and the rest in the black bin. I used to enjoy making a great noise with the plastic syringes by holding my finger over the needle end and pulling the plunger out or squirting my sister with water in the summer. I suppose you could always fill the insulin vials up with coloured water and pretend to work in a chemist (I always liked Boots blue apothecary jars in the windows)
The sharp bit of the cannula once removed goes in the sharps bin, as does the cannula itself.
The books (yes, why are there 2 in every pack? I’ve wondered that myself) go in recycling, as do the plastic bubbles that surround each and every bit of the pump consumables (as they are so cutely called) and the paper bit you have to tear off to get into said bubble. All the dozens of boxes everything comes in – recycling again. Everything else, in the non-recycling waste. [God, that sounds like I’m a real greenie. Blame Warwickshire’s convoluted rubbish/recycling collections…]
(Sterilised) sharps are used to pin stuff to my styrofoam surfboard papier-mâché palette; blunts (in this case, orange syringe caps) are used to provide a nice soft edge to the holes through which the washing line passes. Syringes have been used for feeding orphaned baby birds and adult bird resuscitation after they fly into the window…and once, to inject vodka into an orange.
@mustard: My syringes refuse to say a word when fingering them; when you make them suck at your tongue, you get a sound a foley artist might categorise as “pixie champagne bottle is opened”.
He eats all mine! Had him two years now, and only about a third full – Cardiff council and your on-call sharps box collection and delivery service, I salute you! Just wish they had the same service here in Coventry…
Oh, and I recycle all the endless cardboard boxes and booklets that I get. I think even if I hadn’t cared much about recycling before diagnosis – after a few months of producing the amount of crap we seem to require I would have started!
@Cecile I do like the idea of using sharps as pins – I have a few big cork boards I fill with gig tickets, and adding some diabetes related fun to that would be cool. What do you do about the spiky bit on the inside though?! That has caught my finger tips a few times and seems to be ridiculously painful!
@Cecile: I was getting all kinds of interesting images until I clicked the link! Cunning plan, but I don’t think a corkscrew would fit?! Maybe I’ll try applying my burgeoning engineering knowse to make it work
Also, clicking the link reminded me that I still have a very old in joke attached to links to that album… It was funny when I was 18 is all I can say (and came complete with a website and t-shirts…)! I really should get around to getting a different secondary email though!
They are the ‘plugs’ for putting onto a cannula when you’ve removed the pump temporarily for showering/swimming etc. You get one with every cannula. I use maybe 1 in 3 of them (repeatedly) so have a very large supply…Its not toxic (it’s kid-friendly) but I wouldn’t advise it
Anette that is awesome i wish i had even 1 artisitic bone in my body lol. The most i do when im bored at work is play diabetic bowling. I get the needle tops and line them up then shoot the little plastic bit from the top at them. You should hear the cleaner when she comes near my desk. VRMMMMMM CLICK CLICK VRMMM CLICK CLICKITY CLICK VRRMMMM. Henry must hate me.
@Tim – Eh? I’m afraid any lampshades you may have spotted are no longer mine! I have moved around LOTS…
P.S. I just realised there could be some confusion from the way I worded that last post – I want to make it clear I am NOT the person who made a guitar… Maybe in a few years, but I doubt it would be that cool if I do… *awkward face*