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Kinda dumb... [Dec. 8th, 2005|12:34 pm]
I gotta take this gnarly painful shot twice a day. It sucks, and I don't look forward to it.
However, it is kinda cool because these pre-filled syringes have this new technology. After you take the shot, you push all the way in with the plunger, and this protective shield thingy pops up around the needle that it can never be used again, or hurt someone.
David figured out the first time we messed with it, that he could put something on the end of it, then hit the button, and launch something off it. We call this the "rocket". I always use the package from the alcohol pad I used to clean the injection site. We wrap it around the cap for the needle and twist up the end, then hit the rocket button.
Ever since August when I first started taking this drug, I have aimed the rocket in hopes of hitting a target. I never have hit anything. (but my rockets go farther than his)

[User Picture]From: netjerikhet
2005-12-08 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ooooo! Are those a Becton Dickinson brand (it will have a BD on it) syringe/needle?
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2005-12-08 07:12 pm (UTC)
well, it is called "lovenox" and the syringe says "Mfd for: Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc."
wait, I see it, yeah it says "BD" on it.
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[User Picture]From: netjerikhet
2005-12-08 07:19 pm (UTC)
I used to work for Becton Dickinson when I lived in the NY/NJ area. I helped design those thingies!

I was under a NDA, so I could not discuss it with anyone at the time, but now that the product has been shipping for a couple years I am not bound to that.

I worked in the R&D dept. I worked with the Mechanical Engineer that did the initial design. I worked in the lab with some other guy trying to make the initial design better. (In total there was three of. And probably loads of Marketing managerial people. I stayed out of that part.)

The ME guy did the CAD work on the computer, I did the grunt work (testing epoxy and plastics and such), and the other guy in the lab helped me with the grunt work.

It was a great place to work. And some nice people. But it was also a bit weird to be surrounded by (literally) thousands of needles of all shapes and sizes.

I haven't thought about those little products in quite some time. Thanks for reminding me what good times I had there.
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2005-12-08 10:03 pm (UTC)
No kidding, Steve? That is an interesting coincidence.
Do you know Bruce Kroeze? He worked as a programmer for St. Jude and designed the quality control software that operated the robotic arm that tested my heart valve to make sure it was a perfect circle. I love that my brothers have had a hand in the processes that have saved my life.
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[User Picture]From: netjerikhet
2005-12-08 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yup. No kiddin'! That is why I was a bit astonished that you mentioned the syringe! I only worked at BD for about 3 months, so I never got to see the final design. Since I was in the R&D division, we had the parts made locally, and my job was to test it in different ways and report back changes to the Mech E. I was in the very beginning of the development stage I think. We were really just trying to make sure we had the proper epoxy, the type of plastic, the spring steel used, etc. (as well as tweaking the design itself.)

Unfortunately I do not know a Bruce Kroeze.
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[User Picture]From: tristan_moore
2005-12-08 07:58 pm (UTC)
I love you ms panda manda. call me today! I think I recorded your moms phone number and not yours ...
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