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Anyone remember these syringes?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Madmaureen, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. kev-w

    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was surprised seeing that size earlier, I seem to have 12mm ones (I thought it was a standard length :p) so I'll be asking the diabetes centre about shorter ones as I never go thru clothing but worry 50 000+ jabs will have left too much scar tissue to go shorter.
     
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  2. Dodo

    Dodo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It was recommended every few weeks to boil them and then put them back into the spirit.
     
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  3. therower

    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was very sceptical when I was first offered 4mm needles. Didn't think they would be long or robust enough for a thick skinned, gnarly old ****** like me. Strangely they are great, no problems whatsoever. Apparently just about everyone's skin comes about the same thickness.
    Definitely give them a try, no real need to pinch and give opportunity to inject in less " fatty " parts.
     
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  4. McLoui

    McLoui Type 1 · Newbie

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    Made me laugh too, I had forgotten all about them, didn't have one myself as didn't think I would have been able to cope with the surprise element and lack of control ha ha
     
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  5. kevinfitzgerald

    kevinfitzgerald Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I just had this thought of this needle flying across the room and stabbing someone in the eye! Obviously that wouldn't be funny but the thought of it just makes me laugh...
     
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  6. rochari

    rochari Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'd the Palmer Injector when I was a kid in the mid 1960's and couldn't pull the trigger. Only used it once and it scared the h**l out of me. There was another device called the Hypoguard Automatic Injector. It was a tube-like thing made of stainless steel. I found it a wee bit better to use but it's kind of hard to describe how it worked. Grant, do you one in your collection?

    Bill
     
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  7. Grant_Vicat

    Grant_Vicat Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Bill, In spite of the fact that I have always had a deep fear of the needle in all forms - even writing this makes the back of my knees vanish, I couldn't face something like this and sadly therefore don't own one. It would be fascinating to know if anyone in the forum has one. Maybe we should set up some kind of Museum thread? All the best
    Grant
     
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  8. Madmaureen

    Madmaureen Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes totally agree totally barbaric but I always hoped things would change and.I a m so glad.they have!
    How dare anyone complain about 4mm needles when we had it so hard in those dark days !
    Type 1 48 yrs!!!
     
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  9. Grumpy ole thing

    Grumpy ole thing Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Was it in two pieces? You banged it hard against your site and the inside went through the outer tube like squishing up a telescope, by then the needle was in....
     
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  10. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Wow! I was never offered the Palmer Injector or the hypo guard thing..

    Which was just as well. I got memories of the needle occasionally left in my scrawny 8 year old leg when it popped off the glass syringe & wondering what the heck I do now.. :banghead:

    Happy days.. :)
     
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  11. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Good grief!
     
  12. TopoGigi

    TopoGigi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, how daunting was that! I remember boiling my syringes and using the 'Rand Rocket' non disposable needles and can still smell the industrial methylated spirit !
     
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  13. Grumpy ole thing

    Grumpy ole thing Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    was it something to do with the insulin building up a "sticky" residue on the plunger, then it would jam mid injection (can I say jam on here??)
     
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  14. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Oddly enough. I found the action on the plastic syringes when injecting, smoother than the older glass models that seemed to loose the "glide." (More like a dry scrape of an old windscreen wiper.)
     
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  15. robert72

    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yup - that was my first syringe :) Things have come a long way.

    I had forgotten how dinky it was though... except for the needle obviously ;)

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  16. rochari

    rochari Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's the one, Grumpy ole thing! Tomorrow I'll go look for some pictures of it. Their was a kind of 'ridge' inside it which when you pushed hard and over it, the needle which was concealed went in.

    Bill
     
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  17. rochari

    rochari Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Cheers Grant,I will go hunting and see what I can find.

    Bill
     
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  18. Madmaureen

    Madmaureen Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Takes me back all these pics and.thoughts.
    I really started something putting that pic on didn't I!!
    Ha ha
     
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  19. Grant_Vicat

    Grant_Vicat Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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    What a great idea! Thanks
     
  20. Dodo

    Dodo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    No it was more like a gun with a trigger. The device you mean came before. I hated it, my dad had to do it for me and it was actually worse than simply sticking the needle in manually.

    Something like this if I remember correctly.
     

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