One Friday per month, I’ll write about my favorite diabetes products. These items make the cut because they’re functional, fashionable, or fun – but usually, all three at once!
*Insert bad pun about how COOL this product is, like, literally AND figuratively!*
Alright, now that I’ve got that out of my system…let me tell you about my FRIO cooling case.
I heard about cooling cases from the DOC a few years back, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect when I did. I was about to go on a weeklong vacation to Disney World. In Orlando, Florida. In August. A.K.A., one of the hottest and most humid times of year to be going there. And I was sweatin’ over what I was going to do about carrying my insulin around in the parks.
Before you even think it, no, my option wasn’t just to throw it in my backpack and call it a day. PWD know well that insulin needs to be kept a certain temperature – i.e., cool – in order for it to be viable. It CAN and WILL expire if it’s left out in extreme temperatures for too long. So clearly, I had to figure out how to keep my insulin cool in the Florida heat.
Fortunately, I’d read about the cooling cases on Twitter at some point and decided to order one a few weeks before the trip. When it arrived, I put it to the test right away to see how it fared.
I followed the instructions that came with the pouch: Immerse the black inner casing in cold water for 10-15 minutes, allowing the beads stuffed within it to turn to gel. After the time elapsed, I removed the case from the water and pat it dry. Then I put two of my Humalog pens (because I was still on injections at this time) into the black case, put that inside the purple pouch, and forgot about the contraption for a few hours so I could see if it would stay cool for that span of time.
And it did! The case worked beautifully. It was just as cool as it was when I had first removed it from the water, meaning my insulin was kept properly refrigerated. The only downside was that my pens felt slightly damp when I removed them from the bag, but they weren’t damaged whatsoever. I knew right then and there that it was just the thing I needed for my vacation.
Fast-forward to present day and the FRIO case continues to serve its purpose as I need it. I couldn’t recommend it more to PWD who travel – even if it’s to a mild-temperatured place. It helps keep insulins cool no matter what, and to me, that makes the case more than worth it. Check out friocoolingcase.com to learn more about their products!
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I asked a doctor how to tell if insulin had gone bad. Answer? I was told by a pump rep, after being referred to him, that as long as it stayed clear it was still good. If I noticed it had become milky or cloudy I should then change the reservoir and cannulas. Why even ask the question? I was worried since at work I wore a short sleeve shirt over my tank top with the pump under it to protect it. Not only that but by clipping it to my tank top on the neck hem right on my sternum it was nearly impossible to ignore the vibration. Regardless, I was worried that in the summer heat I would literally cook my insulin and it may not work. Trust me, as hot as I get at work, insulin is not as heat sensitive as one may think. Now that I am back on shots I no longer worry as much about my insulin getting well done but it still is in the back of my mind to watch where and how long it sits in the heat. I’ve never tried one of these gadgets but I may now!
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