Stretching or Stupidity??

By ptsparkle Latest Reply 2009-11-29 12:05:30 -0600
Started 2009-11-17 13:35:50 -0600

I have been doing this for a couple of years with no ill effects. Just wondering if anyone else does it.
I use my needles twice. If I start with a new syringe in the a.m., i will load, inject, then re-load for p.m shot. I wipe the needle each time, put the cap back on, then keep in fridge til next dose. Just wondering if I am the only idiot who does this ? If someone is trying to cut costs would it help? I am ducking my head down in anticipation of the grief I will receive. lol

21 replies

denisewilis 2009-11-29 06:09:06 -0600 Report

Don't feel bad or sad about this, you know why you have to do this. If it's money issues, i understand and wish you didn't have to deal with it. I deal with diabetes and money issues every month. Health professional tell you to eat the proper food, they don't ask if you have the proper food that is not their issue. It's test your blood 3x-5x daily, not can we test that for you with our supplies since it may cause you to much with your budget. Diabetes is always your fault, no matter what your life style. Do the best your can cause it is all you can do. And beating yourself up won't help.

denisewilis 2009-11-29 05:54:23 -0600 Report

You're not stupid for doing this. Sure the ideal would be not to do it but some people do so because they must. It's so nice to say everyone can afford things, but the real world prove this is not true. I don't think anyone should put a person down for this unless they are willing to provide the tools needed. If i thought a person shouldn't hve to do this then i would find a way to help not label them. Clean syringes , perfect amounts of insulin, cotton swabs, paid doctor visit and food all goes into a better diabetic, sorry the world don't provide better.

pmsteve 2009-11-20 09:42:32 -0600 Report

My Doctor addressed this issue with me when I began my insulin therapy. He told me that I could reuse my syringes until they became dull as long as I wiped the needle with an alcohol swab after each use and no one else (duh!) used the syringe. I usually use the same needle or two days, max then go to a new one. I've never had any problems, but as has been said, it only takes once.

By the way, My Doc says he has a patient that used the same needle for 128 injections before throwing it away.

packrat2 2009-11-20 20:58:00 -0600 Report

I love to use a new needle, but I have used one for a few days taking four shots or more a day…

cussinwolf 2009-11-17 16:50:47 -0600 Report


daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-11-17 20:15:05 -0600 Report

you need to talk to your Dr. and see if he would increase your priscription. my
Dr. gave me a precription for a box plus
enough refills to last me for 6 months at a time. Dan

Karen(Lamb)Garber 2009-11-18 08:37:57 -0600 Report

Stretching or stupidity? Hmmm… nice title…but I would never call anyone stupid! We all wish to save money. You say money is not an issue…that's a good thing! Lazy? Now that is a problem. My darling diabetic M.I.L. used to say that about a sore on her foot. "I'm too lazy to soak it every day". She lost her toes. So…I would chastise you for being "lazy" as you put it.

This disease "doesn't play" it is dead serious and you need to guard yourself against possibilities of endangering yourself. Putting that once used needle back into the insulin may just contaminate the insulin with whatever lil germs were on your skin when you injected the first time. Then you draw out the next shot and put THAT back into your body? Hmm…

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-18 13:49:24 -0600 Report

Hi Jim,

I agree with Karen. I don't think that it is a good idea to reuse a needle. I know what it is like to be streched for money and trying to save, but what is more important, saving a few dollars, or endangering your health further? I am glad to know that you have not had any problems so far by doing that. But, take care of yourself. That is the most important thing.

packrat2 2009-11-20 09:27:50 -0600 Report

Long before we had the disposable syringe we used a glass syringe and a needle that was used tell it was dull…

denisewilis 2009-11-29 06:00:00 -0600 Report

So many people get on diabetic for having to do what they have to. Money is a much needed thing with this disease, that is fact, let's not treat people like they're wreckless, stupid fools for not having enough money to take care of themselves, sometimes in our world that is the way it is. Just as facing the fact that we have diabetes, we must also face the fact that it takes a lot of money per month to manage it. Many don't even have medical coverage for doctor visit nor jobs to even consider making an appointment.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-29 12:05:30 -0600 Report

Ouch!! SO TRUE!! I am fortunate to be on Medicare and Dr visits, meds are covered, at least for now. If the govt changes too much, I will be in trouble with expences again. I am on expensive nerve/depression meds, did have a source to help cut the expense, but the govt did away with that option with their last twist of things—-did have a source for my Advair thru the court house, which costs $180 a mo. the depression meds, cost $140, $132, —runs over $500 a month, and my social security check is $550 a mo——- so I cut the Advair, use a simpler inhaler and get by OK—-etc—-get samples from my psychiatrist—-

I hate to admit this but I have fought suicide for over 40 years, was just feeling better, had gotten things out in the open—-only to look up at the rest of the world lately, that anyone over 70 years might as well, "hang it up!" Give the benefits to the younger ones————true—-maybe——but——can anyone else see the predicament that this puts us olders ones into—-I was just beginning to "get it right—-or righter——" and the govt says it is "too late"—in a way! Then the addition of cancer—oh, now what? (I am 77 yrs) It is normal for all of us to feel the pinch of our health, at any age.

My story is different but I feel for the younger ones with no help at all for their supplies and meds—surely there are options out there—-there have been lots of suggestions on here from others!! It is a sticky mess, but guess that is life, for the SWEET TOO! Pat R

Hinboyz3 2009-11-17 15:02:48 -0600 Report

Im with John, I would use a fresh one each time I have to use my insulin, now matter how many times you have to have your shot.

Harlen 2009-11-17 16:22:08 -0600 Report

Its your life
I never use anything twice I love me
I had a frend that no longer has a leg do to infection
from a contaminated needle,He did it for years it only takes one time .
Best wishes

rankearl 2009-11-17 14:24:56 -0600 Report

because diabetics are more prone to infections i dont think this is a good thing maybe you should contact youdr see if he or she could write presc for my syringes help this helps julie

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-11-17 14:08:33 -0600 Report

If for no other reason than you may contaminate your insulin, I would advise against this. Once that needle has been used, you have no way to fully sterilize it. Therefore, as soon as you put it back in your insulin vial, you open up all kinds of bad possibilities.

Believe me, I understand the desire to save money at every opportunity. But I think this is not a good idea.

Just my two cents.

ptsparkle 2009-11-17 14:32:39 -0600 Report

Thanks, I think I knew the answer before asking. For me, it's not a money issue, more of laziness.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-17 20:20:55 -0600 Report

Does the same hold true for the sticking to get blood? PR

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-11-18 10:13:23 -0600 Report

Pat, most diabetics I know will re-use the same lancet over and over again. There certainly is still some risk of infection. However, most report that they have no problem with it.

The syringe is different in that you're putting it into your insulin vial (which may contaminate the insulin) then you're injecting a potentially contaminated liquid directly into your body.

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