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Old 07-24-2015, 18:00   #11
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First, I have to echo skb's question. Your history would tend to suggest type 2 rather than type 1 and the fact that you've just discovered the joys of insulin use reinforces that. It may seem a detail, but your type does matter particularly when managing insulin.

Please ask your doctor to confirm your type.

What type of insulin are you using? There are several but they break down into two main groups. Basal insulin is slow acting and intended to help with the longer term base level. Fast acting, or bolus insulin, is intended to help manage post meal spikes.

And using insulin pens. Yes it is that easy and painless. How to check that it worked? Given that you are using it at night, it does sound like slow acting insulin that you are using. You generally see the outcome of the dose when you check in the morning before breakfast.

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Old 07-24-2015, 18:04   #12
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Doctor in Seattle when I lived there told me it is type 2.

How do you tell in the morning if it worked? By the way you feel?

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Doctor in Seattle when I lived there told me it is type 2.

How do you tell in the morning if it worked? By the way you feel?
Check your fasting BG in the am and if it's lower than usual, then it probably worked. I'm pretty sure it worked if the screw thingy went down, LOL. I have gotten it stuck before and then I wasn't sure if I got part of it or what. I would just dial up the remaining and reinject.

It really is that simple. The first time I did it I didn't even push it in. The needed just glided in and I didn't feel it either. The needles are lubricated.

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Old 07-24-2015, 18:18   #14
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I guess I am not sure how to check my fasting bg?
I can't go to the lab every day.

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No! by testing - You do have a meter don't you?

Back in 2010, I was prescribed basal insulin and given instructions for managing the dose. The instructions were simple. Like you I took the dose at night and tested when I got up in the morning. If three days running my blood sugar was below 80, the dose was cut by two units. If, three days running my blood sugar was over 120, the dose was to go up by two units. I never needed that bit of the rule.

I was diagnosed in mid August 2010. By the beginning of November, I no longer needed it and haven't since.

But to achieve that I followed the concept of Eat to the Meter and changed my way of eating modeled on LCHF for Beginners - Diet Doctor

Give it some thought!

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If your doctor has not given you a meter when you are using insulin, even at a modest level, he is doing you a disservice. You need one and they are as easy to use as that insulin pen.

If all else fails head for Walmart and look at their Relion range.

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No I don't have a meter.

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If your doctor has not given you a meter when you are using insulin, even at a modest level, he is doing you a disservice. You need one and they are as easy to use as that insulin pen.

If all else fails head for Walmart and look at their Relion range.
I probably would consider changing doctor's even. He should have given you a meter and called in prescription for strips. I had to do fasting in the beginning with lantus for my doctor and send him results every 3 days for adjustments. Then when he added the rapid acting insulin I was required to send him 4 readings per day every 3 days.

So if I were you, I would call him on the phone and request these things.

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Hah! I was injecting wrong. You have to remove the plastic cap and the little inside cap. I suspected I was not doing it correctly and wasted 2 needles. Now I am doing it correctly.

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And you do have a supply of spare needles. I know my Lantus Solostar pen came "Needles not included"

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