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I recently drove from Seattle to San Diego keeping my many bottles of insulin in a small cooler. At night, I put the insulin in the small fridge in the rooms. Twice, there was no fridge but I thought it would be okay to keep in the cooler outside in the car in the cold weather. However, for the next two months, I had terribly high BG readings and upon coming home immediately had a blood test. My A1C had jumped from 6.3 to 9.2 in just 2 months. We decided that the insulin had been ruined in the short time in the cooler or was tainted in the beginning.
Now we are planning a trip to Europe and will be gone for 20 days. What should I do about keeping the insulin cool? (We took this same trip 7 years ago when I was on syringe therapy and not on the pump.) Never had this problem before. The coolers I see for insulin on the internet are mostly for needles, pens, and one or two bottles of insulin. For 20 day trip, I would need a minimum of 7 bottles and I sure don't want to have the same bad luck I had before. Any ideas???
 

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not sure what happened and I dont use insulin so I cant comment personally but I did find this on the web and maybe there is something here that can attribute to the insulin turning bad

How to Store and Handle Insulin - BD Diabetes Education Center

Troubleshooting
There are two ways to tell when insulin is no longer good: poor performance and unusual appearance.

If your blood sugar stays high even though you're following your treatment plan, your insulin may have lost its effectiveness. Poor performance could be due to two things:
Your insulin bottle has been open for more than 28 days.

You have a lot of punctures in the rubber stopper because you take very small doses of insulin and you're getting close to the end of the bottle.
If your insulin has an unusual appearance, it's probably no longer effective. Here are some warning signs:
Your insulin is cloudy when it is supposed to be clear.

Your insulin is supposed to be cloudy but it has clumps, even after rolling it between your palms.

Your insulin looks stringy.

Your insulin has changed in color.
If you think your insulin has gone bad, don't take any chances: throw the bottle away immediately and open a new one.
Smart Tips for Insulin Storage
Protect your insulin (bottles, pens, and cartridges) from extremes of hot and cold.

Keep insulin out of direct sunlight (for example, don't store it on a sunny window sill).

Never store your insulin in the freezer - once insulin is frozen, it loses its potency.

Don't store your insulin near radiators, heat vents, ovens, air conditioners, etc.

Don't leave your insulin in a closed car during very warm or cold months.

If you're going to be outdoors for a while in hot or cold weather, store your insulin in an insulated case. Read tips on injecting insulin away from home.
 

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Frio gets rave reviews.

I got one for pens, which was my only experience, but found it very easy and effective.
 

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Most insulins are good for 28 days at room temp after opening. Open a vile when you leave. it'll be good for 28 days. your trip is 20 days sooooooo....... dont worry about it.
 

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Thanks for your reply, but I had none of the problems listed in the article, no color changes, no too many punctures in the top, etc. It was just tainted.




I recently drove from Seattle to San Diego keeping my many bottles of insulin in a small cooler. At night, I put the insulin in the small fridge in the rooms. Twice, there was no fridge but I thought it would be okay to keep in the cooler outside in the car in the cold weather. However, for the next two months, I had terribly high BG readings and upon coming home immediately had a blood test. My A1C had jumped from 6.3 to 9.2 in just 2 months. We decided that the insulin had been ruined in the short time in the cooler or was tainted in the beginning.
Now we are planning a trip to Europe and will be gone for 20 days. What should I do about keeping the insulin cool? (We took this same trip 7 years ago when I was on syringe therapy and not on the pump.) Never had this problem before. The coolers I see for insulin on the internet are mostly for needles, pens, and one or two bottles of insulin. For 20 day trip, I would need a minimum of 7 bottles and I sure don't want to have the same bad luck I had before. Any ideas???
 

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I would get 2 of these wallets. People really like the Frio brand. I have no practical experience. Back in the mid-90s, my parents went to Europe and my Dad brought 4 vials of insulin with him (R&N). Everybody in Europe knows about insulin and even the Mom&Pop hotels (mostly what they stayed in) kept it in the fridge overnight for him and gave him some ice for his little freezer pack when they left. The time of year you are going, the heat isn't that bad, so it's not as much of a problem, but since you have HAD a problem, a little extra insurance will let you enjoy your trip better, I think.

FRIO® Large Wallet

Please note, if you order 2, put FREE in the discount code for free shipping.
 

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Hmm, that is pretty weird actually. I mean, as I know insulin is good for 28-30 at room temperature after being open. I've never had a similar issue so I cannot help you out with this one. However, I think your insulin should be ok if you will have a cooler with you. Recently, I have had kind of a similar issue. I went on a weekend break with my girls and I forgot to take the cooler. Well, my BG got terribly high, however, everything was ok as we found a good pharmacy in there. Since then, when we are looking for some girls day out ideas, I am trying to be more cautious, and when we choose a new destination, I am looking where I can find insulin in that city :D.
 
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