For years now I have collected the empty bottles of insulin and tossed them into a big plastic bucket. The bucket is from a Costco-sized 5-lb container of animal crackers, but I don’t have a measurement of the volume. I don’t think the picture shows how large it is despite the new Novolog bottle beside it to give an idea of the scale.
This could be particularly meaningful, I suppose, if I knew how long I have been keeping this pile of bottles or could estimate how many bottles are inside. Years ago I saw that a young girl with diabetes had taken a year's worth of used syringes (tips snipped off) and epoxied them together to make an elaborate model castle. She brought this to a JDRF event in Washington, D.C. to show just how many injections it took to keep her alive for 1 year. I must have thought I would someday have a similar use for these bottles of Novolog, except that I don't know how many years of bottles I have, I am not an architect or very artsy-craftsy, and I am not planning any advocacy trips to D.C. anytime soon. Oh yeah, and how do you glue glass bottles together? So I keep chucking empty insulin bottles in here as I go through them. I am not a packrat and I don't accumulate other useless junk. This is an interesting reminder of how lucky I am that insulin was discovered & manufactured, and that I have health insurance that makes it affordable. Otherwise it really makes no sense to keep this. I wonder if anyone else has done something like this.