Before going on the Pod, I used a pen and Novolog for post-meal injections and a pen filled with Lantus for my 24 hour coverage. After going on the Pod, I continued to carry a pen filled with Novolog in case of emergencies if the Pod failed for long periods of time or the Pod was not working.
In five months of Pod use, I have only had to take ONE injection to bring down a high reading that the Pod did not seem to handle. Unfortunately, during that same five months I was throwing out unused but 30-day-old cartridges of insulin from the pen. What a horrible waste! Last week I finally disposed of the last of my supply of cartridges, and even though my prescription for a new box is still good, I refused to fill it. Instead, I explained my reluctance to throw out expensive, unused insulin and asked my endo for a prescription for good, old-fashioned syringes. She agreed that carrying a couple of syringes with me and the ever-present bottle of Novolog that I use to fill the Pods was a better, far less wasteful choice. The syringes are smaller and fit in my kit better, and I do not have to throw out insulin.
I am wondering, though, if that is what the rest of you do. Do you carry syringes that you can use in an emergency and draw from your insulin vial? Do you always carry a vial with you like I do? I never carry the Lantus (24 hour) with me because I figure I will be home at night if I should need to go off the Pod for more than 12 hours. Do you carry a long-acting insulin with you at all times? (Naturally, when I travel I would take the Lantus too.) Currently I just keep the Lantus in the refrigerator and thus it does not expire in 30 days. I have not used the Lantus once in the past five months.
I am just curious as to what you carry with you for emergencies.