I was given a box of glass syringes by the hospital doc who had no further use of them. He said I might find the large needles interesting..... Started straight on the plastic syringes and now use a pen. Blood sugars have been pretty good all along but there's always the unexpected highs and lows to contend with. As for monitors I use a mix of the Freestyle Libre system and blood test strips. I used to despair at some of the articles in the Balance magazine when I was first diagnosed in Jan 1983; "dont do this, you cant do that..." well you can (for most things) if you take care and plan. Mountaineering (some high altitude) and caving have all been done for years - though not so much now. Dont ever let anyone put you off. Over the last few years I've had laser treatment for retinopathy and in between sessions one of the blood vessels that had been 'zapped' bled and in a matter of 5-10 minutes my vision in one eye went from 100%-zero. With my consultant it was agreed to let it try and clear naturally instead of an operation and eventually after a few months all was well. Never a dull moment as they say!