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Keeping cool

So the question was raised as to how I kept the temperature of my insulin under control while on our camping adventure and thus I thought it a perfect time for another installment of kitted out: diabetes medical gear explored.  

As you may or may not know insulin is a finicky beast. If it gets too hot it will spoil, if it gets too cold it will freeze and then clump when you thaw it (who wants to inject that!), not to mention that you only have about 28 days from opening of a new insulin pen (in my case) before it starts to loose its potency and you have to replace whether or not it's finished. The safe temperature for in-use insulin is considered to be room temperature (or no higher than 86 degrees Fahrenheit), while unopened insulin should be kept in the fridge. That's right, I have a stock pile of fast and long acting insulin just kicking in the back of the refrigerator with the baking soda.  

Aside from this past weekend of camping, I also have a much needed and much anticipated girls weekend coming up in August which will require transit and thus temperature control of my insulin.  It should be noted that our girls' weekend will take place in glorious Scottsdale (we got a Groupon!) and I hear it's hot there, particularly in late August.

Thus I began my Amazon.com hunt for a suitable solution that both worked effectively, looked good, and ideally had free super saver shipping.  I ended up with the Frio Duo Cooling Wallet.  The Frio line of cooling products covers the gamut, but the version I specifically got of their "insulin cooling" product is meant for insulin pens.  As the duo suggests, it holds two so I can have both my fast and long acting insulin with me and protected from the elements. 

Essentially the concept is that of evaporative cooling. The product is two pieces, and outer shell and then an inside piece that has gel crystals that are water activated. When soaked in ice cold water for about 5 minutes, the whole thing swells up and can keep insulin cool for up to 45 hours at a time. The great part is you can refresh it by just repeating the process. Which was great as after hiking, it had definitely started to warm up so I just soaked it again in the ice water that collected at the bottom of the cooler and I was set the rest of the trip.  

Back in the days of my youth when my sister, mom and I used to hit up the yearly air show at Miramar, we had a similar type of product to keep cool, much resembling this number here.  Although ours were the oh-so 90s red bandana pattern. Super classy.  


Let's talk medical gear

So as I see it, the medical gear for the 20-40 year old or really just a person such as myself who is concerned with asethetics, is really an untapped market. Sure there's some fun stuff for the younger bracket with T1D but the adult market on the whole is in need of revujenation. So many medical things are drab colors and old school designs (and I'm not talky retro-hipster designs).  

As far as I'm concerned, if I have to wear it or carry it, it's going to look good. 

Today we talk medical ID bracelets.  Let's just start by saying thank god for Etsy! On the whole, I'm not super stoked on the concept of broadcasting my condition on my person whenever I am out and about. But until I suck it up and tattoo my wrist (which is not out of the question - but I feel like a week into diagnosis is a bit soon, no?) - medical ID tags it is.  

After scouring the place for all things handmade, I found a winner - Mesa Dreams Leatherwork! Mesa Dreams makes handcrafted leatherwork and also has vintage native jewelry.  Aside from luggage tags, dog collars and cuffs, I found a section for medical alert bracelets.  My leather ID bracelet was inexpensive (around $20 including shipping, some versions were even less), and it was handstamped to my specifications and choice of stain. The best part you ask? It doesn't scream "I have an ailment - treat me with care," but it would definitely do the trick if I was in need of medical assistance.

Note to self: Add 1/4 to 1/2 inch more to the diameter (bit more wiggle room would be good for the next one).

Have a look see if/when you are in the market for handmade leather goods - I highly recommend.  Plus it arrived in less than a week!

I am still in need of something for more formal occassions however...