Diabetes in the wild, wild men’s room

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In all my years of living with diabetes, I’ve never seen any evidence left behind that a person with diabetes was there before me. But on Monday, there was no mistaking the odd shape of the scrap of paper on the restroom floor. It was from an insulin pen needle. So risking the appearance of appearing creepy, I got up close to read the label (NovoPen; not the familiar blue BD pen needle), and took a photo of it. Then I saw the skinny, cylindrical needle-guard in the urinal. I most definitely did not take a picture of that one. Now I’m wondering who is shooting up Novolog on the second floor of the office.

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Posted on April 10, 2013, in Diabetes. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. INTRIGUE! Leave your own calling card (used test strip?) in the urinal!

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  2. Very cool indeed. Seeing someone else with Diabetes out in the wild is quite thrilling isn’t it!

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  3. Intrigue indeed! I second Katy’s idea… šŸ™‚

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  4. Hey! Or a lancet!.. oh wait…we don’t change those out very often….. šŸ˜‰

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  5. Love this. My university recently installed sharps containers in ALL the bathrooms in the student union and several other university buildings. Every time I am washing my hands I marvel at how many used sharps there are in all the bathrooms! Granted, there are 30,000+ people at my university, so between T1s, T2s, and those who inject other things (fertility drugs, RA drugs, MS drugs, etc) there would be a lot of injectors around…but I always wonder how many of those sharps came from other T1s

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    • I’ve seen more and more of those sharps containers around lately (though not quite to the prevalence of diaper-changing stations). That’s why I looked at the label, to get a hint at what it was.

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