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Halloween Screamers!

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Administrator, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Administrator

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    Halloween is coming up (spooky!) and we want you to share with us some of the spookiest and terrifying devices of diabetes past.

    Whether its pictures of your old equipment or something you've found online... we want to see them!

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    We will start you off with the lancing device called The Guillotine. Seeing this picture makes us VERY appreciative of how far development has come
     
  2. diadeb

    diadeb Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well, we used to use "The Guillotine" not that many years ago in nursing. I retired 7 years ago and it was still being used then!!!!
     
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    Oh memories! I remember the very loud sound of it. It made the finger prick seem so much worse. Thank heaven for progress!

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    How about this one... 'The Palmer Injector', Glasgow, Scotland, 1955-1965

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    chills your bones!!
     
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    And these
     

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    Still have nightmares about that contraption, hurt like hell it did!!!!!!
     
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    :shock: Its not just the length of the old needles look at how much thicker
    the steel was :shock: :shock:

    How they must have "hurt" !!!
     
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    OMG what is that? :shock:
     
  11. ben21

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    Omg. Severe shivers even looking at this. This is why I did not like those early injections.
     
  12. SewK8

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    I remember a nurse had no idea how to load the lancet so used to just use a needle! Her little prick was more like using a sword! I swear it nearly went right through my finger!


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    When I was diagnosed 20 years ago they didn't have a lancet devise in hospital, so I was just give a lancet to hold to stab my finger with! ..more psychologically challenging that using a devise, especially when your just getting used to injecting etc! OUCH


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    Gaah, I've been diagnosed T1 for 20 years and started out using old-style syringes... that picture of the needle compared to the new screw-on microfine type is terrifying!! :shock:
     
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    I can remember the first time I saw a novopen needle - I couldn't believe how small it was. The joy!:D. There are few enough bright sides to diabetes but I am grateful to have gotten it after disposable syringes became available. Even those needles seem as nothing to old style needles that came with glass syringes that I have seen. Squirm!:shock:

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    My Grandma actually bought me the Palmer Injector in the early 70's and I did used to use it too!
     
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    The number of times the needle would shoot off the end of the syringe when using the injector gun and lodge in my thigh!
     
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    Hard to believe we used those needles :shock:
     
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    OMG! Thanks to everyone who's posted, I've used all of the horrors shown, including glass syringes and that revolting urine testing kit with the huge tablets and glass test tubes! Yuk!!! In the end my mother decided she couldn't risk using the Palmer injector as so much insulin was lost when the needle worked loose that she never knew how much of the dose I'd actually had.

    I'm now a happy bunny using an insulin pump and hoping to borrow a CGM for a week or so - goodness, how things have changed!!
     
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