Friday, December 21, 2012
More Insulin For Less
This month I realized something. There are 2,000 units in two vials. Two boxes of insulin pens are 3,000 units.
Since my prescription was about to expire I wondered, what if I filled my insulin pump using pens instead of vials? That way I would have more insulin for the same co-pay.
Filling my pump cartridge from a pen was easier than using a vial. All I did was tug the plunger down twice like always. Instead of filling the cartridge with air afterwards, I simply stuck the needle in the insulin pen gasket. With no air in the cartridge, I dialed the insulin pen to 60 units and pushed the button. Insulin forced the plunger up as it filled the cartridge. I repeated this until I filled my cartridge. Best of all my cartridge didn't get as many bubbles.
Having plenty of insulin in the fridge is a comforting feeling. Especially today. Doomsday. Oh noes!