Great post @Ushthetaff 31 years for me! Urine testing was just about coming to an end. I was given the BM sticks but I was told to "cut them down the middle so they last longer" so a tub of 50 strips was actually 100, providing you had access to scissors. Then of course, the colour-matching to the side of tub which was totally impossible at the lower end as unless you were in a really good light, you could not tell the difference. Hail the light-up meters we have now! I had to go to my diabetes nurse at my hospital clinic for a few more bags of the disposable syringes as they were not yet available on prescription, though were relatively soon after that. I used to draw up insulin, from each of 2 bottles and had to make sure I had my lunch and evening snack on time otherwise I would hypo. When I changed to pre-filled pens a few years later, the needles were not available on prescription, so like before, I got a small box of 25 at a time from my hospital and told to use each one for as long as I could. Long was this ingrained in me that I still struggle remembering to put a fresh needle on each time..... I would love a libre freestyle. Unfortunately in my area they are severely restricted, limited to pregnant women, children or people who have had hospital admissions. I have fibromyalgia and painful hands (caused by long-standing diabetes) but I still do not qualify. I am considering self-funding but it won't be something I can afford to do full time, so it'll be 4 weeks on and 4 weeks off at best. I can only hope they'll relent soon as with the syringes and then the needles... Ahh onwards and upwards!!