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Old 05-15-2014, 15:57   #21
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Wow, is this great news or what? Looks like you have your work cut out for you over the next few days or weeks, learning about how to use the new-fangled contraptions, dosage, tracking foods and results, etc. DF insulin user tips may be of benefit. Hopefully, after you get the hang of it, you'll be in more of a position to focus on diet content and maybe start the LCHF journey, one that's bound to produce more victories to celebrate down the road.


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Old 05-15-2014, 17:50   #22
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As always... I open another door; and see what is on the other side.
Have a Great Day; and Thank You for all your support !
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Old 05-15-2014, 19:32   #23
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Hi All...

I have just given my 1st Insulin Injection to my wife. She didn't yell, scream, or faint; just a small "Ooh" as the needle pricked her. She's still alive at this moment; but I think the Insulin has made her dizzy as the package said. Hopefully she'll nap now.

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Old 05-16-2014, 00:07   #24
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Okay Folks...

Obviously I'm doing something wrong here. My wife's Blood Glucose was over 400 three days ago, then it went to over 500 for the next 2 days. Today, (after her first shot of Insulin), is OVER 600.

I cheated and bought her breakfast/lunch from Sonic's where she requested one of those "Blue Raspberry" drinks. I think that's what did it; nevertheless, I'm asking for any advice or suggestions from the gallery.

Thank You All... I'm ABSOLUTELY New to This.

Her 1st Insulin was Humalog 10 Units Quick Acting.

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Old 05-16-2014, 00:35   #25
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(PLEASE NOTE: With a 600, it would be wise to call your doctor or an ER -- and they may ask her to go in.)

Sounds like you got very little info with your prescription! This happens all too often ...

Insulin shots are usually pretty painless. Once in a while, it may poke a bit -- no need for alarm; it happens! Using a slightly different location each time minimizes this a lot.

That Blue Raspberry is, indeed, the probable culprit. Since The System forced her to go untreated for so long, she is likely to spike hard.

In addition, Humalog only stays in the system for about 3 - 4 hours. It's customary to prescribe Humulin N, as well, which lasts about 9-12 hours and is taken in 2 doses, morning and evening (it's non-prescription, so if you can swing it, you may be able to just buy it -- WalMart and maybe Costco are the cheapest).

We may be able to help you tweak things. As time goes on, we all must learn to dose ourselves or the people we care for.

I've got a few ideas ... but first I'd like to ask a few questions, if I may, so we can all bark up the same and proper tree:

-- Is she on any other diabetic meds or insulins in addition to the Humalog?
-- What dosing instructions were you given (if any)?
-- What are her current doses?

Looking forward to getting you some help!

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B-complex
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KyoDophilus (pro-biotic)
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Hi Again...

Her Blood Glucose was OVER 600 BEFORE I gave her the 1st dose of the Humalog Insulin.

She is on [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]??mg, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Before Meals, [email protected] Units Before Bedtime, Bayer Low-Dose Aspirin, and Colace.
Regarding the Insulin Medications, I wasn't given any instructions other than what is on the box... [email protected] Units, and [email protected] Units.

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DEFINITELY time to call for some advice. What is her glucose now?

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I’ve been wrestling with her diet since July 2013 per the doctor’s orders. I did the veggie diet until they got too high… 75 cents for ONE ear of corn. (Due to the ongoing drought). I BBQ’d
practically everyday until the Fire Ban went back on endlessly. (I’ve got a $504.00 Fine for this.
Even though the County Website says there is No Burn Ban in place, the State of Texas has a
whole new different set of rules).
My wife, (Tina) drinks Lots of water; but her incontinence gets in the way causing her to stay awake all night over this and her endless packing/excursions. She doesn’t drink many soda waters; and we go to Sonic only because it’s nearby where we take her grandson to work on a daily basis.
Possibly due to her Dementia or Stroke, she disregards or doesn’t remember the doctor’s orders about food intake. Due to our budget, we keep lots of Ramen and Soups on hand which she will
get into when she gets away from me when I’m asleep.
On My Shoulders, I feel as if I Allow her much leeway in what she eats. I see these as
“Last Requests”. She has SO Many Medical Problems; and the doctor has told us that she
Will Not Get Better. Her only enjoyment is eating something she likes; and that isn’t much.
She cannot Reason, She cannot See, She really can’t Walk. Her Incontinence Does Not
Let Up. She Has NO Life ! Fortunately, she is unaware of how bad things are for her. I even
get upset at the doctors as they quiz me or discuss her plight right in front of her not giving
any thought as to whether or not they are giving my wife reason to give up or get depressed.
Sorry… I don’t know. I’m just watching over her after that last dose of the Levamir Insulin.
The package says she may get dizzy, nauseous, or even unconscious. Other than this, I’m already worn out for today. I just wanted to get this message off to you for further advice.
My actual name is Ed; but she knows me only as the guy that provides everything. She calls me
Henry, Mom, Yolanda, Yvonne. I have No Idea as to who those people are in her life; and we've been married since 1983. It can really be depressing.


I Sincerely Appreciate All You Do !


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Often, when glucose goes down, other things improve, if only a bit.

If she refuses to eat anything but carbs and sweets, to the point where she would starve without them, then that's another issue.

If she will eat more eggs, green veggies, dairy or meat (canned veggies and meats are just fine) ... that may help.

The only other thing you can (maybe) do is to call the doctor/ER about her current high glucose. If it's still higher than 500, she may need IV insulin to get it down. (She'll most likely only get the listed side effects if she goes too low, which does not seem probable at present.)

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B-complex
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Hi...

I tried contacting the Dr.'s Office all day long with no results; so I called the Blue Cross Insurane 24/7 Nurse Help Line. They told me to just give her
both types of Insulin. At this moment, she is asleep.
I left messages for the doctor about her high level of Blood Glucose;
and here we are.

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