I need help!!!

Go Back   The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online > Diabetes Forum Community > Diabetes Complications

Diabetes Complications Diabetes can cause many short term, long term, acute and chronic complications. Please use this section to discuss any experiences you have with Diabetes related complications. New members please feel free to post about your concerns and ask questions to the community.


Like Tree6Likes
  • 4 Post By Jen
  • 2 Post By Shalynne

I need help!!!


Closed Thread
 
Shared Thread Thread Tools
Old 01-14-2013, 00:06   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 4


Default I need help!!!

I am trying so hard to lower my blood sugar but my humalog isnt working what other insulins r out the please help... newly diagnosed and just switched from novolog to humalog due to insurance coverage

type1

type1holly is offline  
Old 01-14-2013, 00:09   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 24,394

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2009

23930 likes received
32255 likes given
Default

Do you have a basal insulin too - Lantus or Levemir? Are you using a sliding scale for your bolus insulin? Are you making any dietary adjustments along with your insulin therapy? Tell us more about how you came to be diagnosed, and what other management advice you've been given. If you are insulin-resistant as well as insulin-deficient, there are meds to help with that, and it will always make a difference if you reduce the carbohydrate content of your meals.




Shanny is offline  
Old 01-14-2013, 00:25   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 4


Default

Hello... im holly first off. I was diagnosed with type 1 and hospitalised for DKA in November 2011. Never thought I would get diabetes but, anything is possible. So I went to florida hospital because my vision was very blurry... I was sooooo thirsty and always hungry. They checked my sugar and it was 859. A1c was 9.2. No one really taught me anything while I was there. It was thanksgiving when I was released and very hectic. one nurse actually skipped my dose of insulin because she said I was not a diabetic. Well sugars shot up of course and she apologized. I was told to take 12 units of lantus and was put on novolog 4 units at each meal plus add sliding scale for highs. My body was very sensitive to novolog and I suffered many lows. So I started skipping my novolog and eating very little to know carbs and for medium amount of carbs I only took 1/2 the recommend dose and all was well. Now I got switched to humalog n im always high... I eat only low carb, everything sugar free ajd balanced meals. I miss the assurance I had with novolog. Any ideas. .. has ne one ever had a brand new vial of insulin be bad.? Thanku n nice to meet u all

type1

type1holly is offline  
 
Old 01-14-2013, 02:54   #4
Senior Member
 
marshagolightly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Sidney, Ohio USA
Posts: 1,855

Member Type
Type 1
Diagnosed in 2004

1347 likes received
4 likes given
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by type1holly
Hello... im holly first off. I was diagnosed with type 1 and hospitalised for DKA in November 2011. Never thought I would get diabetes but, anything is possible. So I went to florida hospital because my vision was very blurry... I was sooooo thirsty and always hungry. They checked my sugar and it was 859. A1c was 9.2. No one really taught me anything while I was there. It was thanksgiving when I was released and very hectic. one nurse actually skipped my dose of insulin because she said I was not a diabetic. Well sugars shot up of course and she apologized. I was told to take 12 units of lantus and was put on novolog 4 units at each meal plus add sliding scale for highs. My body was very sensitive to novolog and I suffered many lows. So I started skipping my novolog and eating very little to know carbs and for medium amount of carbs I only took 1/2 the recommend dose and all was well. Now I got switched to humalog n im always high... I eat only low carb, everything sugar free ajd balanced meals. I miss the assurance I had with novolog. Any ideas. .. has ne one ever had a brand new vial of insulin be bad.? Thanku n nice to meet u all

type1
Are you still using the sliding scale with the Humalog? Have you been taught to carb count? What are your meals actually like? Examples please. Sorry for so many questions It just gives us an idea of where to help you.

Sent from my iPad using Diabetes

marshagolightly is offline  
Old 01-14-2013, 18:31   #5
Jen
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Topanga, CA
Posts: 710

Member Type
Type 1
Diagnosed in 2007

506 likes received
229 likes given
Default

Hi Holly. Welcome to the T1 club! Like you, I was diagnosed around the holidays (in 2007) - what a Christmas present.

Anyway, get either or both of these books: Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner and Using Insulin by John Walsh. Right now you probably feel like you need to invent the wheel. Take heart! Managing insulin is pretty easy once you know the basics and these two books do the best job of describing how to do that.

Taking a standard 4 units of insulin for meals can't possibly work unless you eat the exact same amount of carb at every meal AND have the same starting blood sugar too. Carb counting - figuring out how much carb you're taking in and matching your bolus to that - is the best way to avoid those lows. A good place to start, especially for a newly diagnosed T1 might be to assume that one unit of fast acting insulin will be sufficient to process 15 grams of carb. So....if you eat 1 and half slices of toast (that'll have about 15 grams of carb), you'd use 1.5 units of insulin. If you include some peanut butter that has another 5 grams of carb, you'd take .5 units of insulin. Your total bolus would be 2 units, NOT 4.

Each of the books recommended above will go into a lot of detail about this. Get them and your new life will feel SO much less mysterious.

Best,
Jen

Jen is offline  
Old 04-15-2013, 21:34   #6
Senior Member
 
Shalynne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Posts: 5,399

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2011 (on insulin)

6972 likes received
5382 likes given
Default

Type 2 here, but also on insulin.

Insulin doses often need tweaking, especially in the first weeks/months. Docs tend to start as low as they can, as a safety precaution. Ultimately, we learn to adjust our own doses as needed. (You may eventually need to adjust your Lantus as well.)

Jen's advice, above, is most excellent!

As for carbs, we're often told that a moderate amount of "healthy whole grains" and fruits are OK. Sadly, that just won't work for many of us, even with insulin. Carbs are not just sweets, but bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, fruit, and root veggies like potatoes and carrots. Legumes and nuts may also be a concern. We test -- a lot -- to find foods that work for us.

Shanny and CaliforniaCandy like this.
__________________
DX'd April Fool's Day, 2011 - T2
Female, 58, 5'7", 150 lbs.
A1C 13.5 -> 6.7 ->5.4 (1/31/14)
MEDS:
Humulin-N (basal) - Humalog (rapid bolus)
MAGIC POTIONS:
Biotin --10,000mcg (for hair health)
B-complex
One-A-Day Women's 50+ Advantage
KyoDophilus (pro-biotic)
LIFE SUPPORT:
Black Coffee - Unsweetened Iced Tea
Low-Carb, High-Fat Convert
Shalynne is offline  
Old 04-17-2013, 17:32   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 140

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 1985

85 likes received
25 likes given
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by type1holly View Post
has ne one ever had a brand new vial of insulin be bad.?
That is possible. If it was left in a hot car, that could wreck it. I don't remember the specific temperatures, but if it was over about 90 degrees, it will have a very short life left, or no life at all.

Freezing will also kill insulin. I'm not sure what part of the world you're in.

It should be simple enough to find out. Test your bg, inject enough to bring it back down to normal, plus enough to cover whatever you are going to eat, then check again in about 3 and a half hours.

If the insulin had no effect it should be obvious and I would get another vial. Personally I've never had a vial go bad.

__________________
how to help someone with low sugars, (typed for the people I work and live with)
sine is offline  
Old 04-18-2013, 03:18   #8
Senior Member
 
Shalynne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Posts: 5,399

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2011 (on insulin)

6972 likes received
5382 likes given
Default

You'll want to make sure you don't use the same bottle for much over 30 days. It can go bad after that. (Wanna guess how I know that?)

__________________
DX'd April Fool's Day, 2011 - T2
Female, 58, 5'7", 150 lbs.
A1C 13.5 -> 6.7 ->5.4 (1/31/14)
MEDS:
Humulin-N (basal) - Humalog (rapid bolus)
MAGIC POTIONS:
Biotin --10,000mcg (for hair health)
B-complex
One-A-Day Women's 50+ Advantage
KyoDophilus (pro-biotic)
LIFE SUPPORT:
Black Coffee - Unsweetened Iced Tea
Low-Carb, High-Fat Convert
Shalynne is offline  
Old 04-21-2013, 00:38   #9
Senior Member
 
STARSUNMOON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: S.C.
Posts: 71

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2008

9 likes received
21 likes given
Default

hope youve figured out your pen issue , Now I am a 2 , but also have been on all insulin, and honestly the ONLY thing that brings my numbers down is water and exercise I take my metformin,and my shots everyday, but unless I do alot of walking and drinking water my sugars stay high .. Maybye its just me, IDK. I* have also found out my tumy isint digesting the food I eat like its soposed to . so that is why my belly is so big even thow I have gained No weight .... I am looking for help with that topic now, but wanted to share the water and excercise with ya ... it really helps.. GL ! and welcome to the forum....

__________________
Age ~~ 36
Diagnosed 2009~ was diabetic long before.
LC/HF Diet
metformin -1000 mg.
Novolog 25-36 mg in am, 15 at night
other meds taken for pain, and blood pressure, and anxiety.
thinking about juicing, let you know how that goes..
walking on treadmil 3xs a week...
STARSUNMOON is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


LEGAL NOTICE
By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 13:58.




Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.