Forgetting a shot of insulin

By Marley319 Latest Reply 2011-04-16 18:14:36 -0500
Started 2011-04-10 17:46:06 -0500

After 22 years, I still sometimes forget to take my bedtime shot of Lantus. Really messes me up the following day. It happened last night and I was 467 in the morning. I put a sticky note on the bathroom mirror. Any suggestions?

19 replies

roshy 2011-04-16 18:14:36 -0500 Report

Have you tried setting am alarm on your phone to go off everytime you need to take a shot!! that alwasy works!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-15 11:09:09 -0500 Report

I shower, dry, sit on the edge of my bed and inject. I keep my stuff in a pouch by the bed and count out 7 needles each week. That way I know if I missed one or not.

doggier 2011-04-12 23:52:22 -0500 Report

When I first diganosed it was pretty hard for me to remember to take my shot, but now I take it between 10 Nd 10:30 at night. I just had to set a time and do it. You will find your own routine.

0tina0 2011-04-11 22:09:58 -0500 Report

I have never forgotten to take my night time insulin…but…I have taken the Novolog instead of the Lantus…HUGE MISTAKE!! STUPID mistake.

jayabee52 2011-04-12 00:47:58 -0500 Report

I know the feeling, Tina. I did something similarly stupid

Back when my beloved "Jem" was with me I drew up her insulin, and then put it down for a bit for some reason. Then mindlessly, stupidly, I injected myself with her dose. Her dose was something like 65 u of "NPH"at the time plus a sliding scale of "R." I usually took 15 U. of "NPH". Well I freaked out for a bit and then Jem called the advice nurse. I was supposed to eat some high carb foods and I had to test my BG#s every hour for 8 hrs to check if I was going low.

Fortunately it was morning, so I didn't have to stay up to do that. If I dropped below 70 then I was supposed to eat something high carb to bring me up to "normal" level.

I really never got too low, but it was interesting eating to stay ahead of the humongous (for me) insulin dose.

Fortunately I came through it with no problem. But it was scarey for a while.

edvel54 2011-04-11 14:12:41 -0500 Report

When I was taking insulin at night, I would forget at least once a week.
Changed it so I take it in the mornings with all my other for me

northerngal 2011-04-11 09:03:03 -0500 Report

Mine is part of my routine. When i check my bs before bed, the meter determines if I need insulin and, if so, how much. (pum;s are so much better). It also continuously gives small doses throughout the day and night, whether I need a bolus or not. Keep a log of bs readings, and make it part of the log. You change the novalog dose for meals and even though you rarely would change the lantus, write it down anyway. (After taking it, so you know its done) Hope this helps

Guardianstone 2011-04-11 06:19:42 -0500 Report

After almost overdosing twice my mom sugested charting. Make a chart for all your meds and place a check mark every time you take your meds. With pills you can count if you can't remember. Injections don't work that way. Maybe try a pill box. This is great for letting you know if you've taken a dose. I like taking a bead and placing or removing them from a box if I am tracking without pills.
Good luck.
Guardian stone

Marley319 2011-04-10 22:40:59 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the suggestions! I didn't want to sound stupid, because it doesn't happen often that I forget. But when I do, it's usually because some interruption altered my normal bedtime routine. And sometimes its such an unconscious routine, that then I wonder, 'did I take my shot?' or not. Part of that is probably just getting older! Grrrrrrrrr!

jayabee52 2011-04-11 14:39:33 -0500 Report

I have said time and time again on this (and the other "connect" sites) that the ONLY "stupid" question, is an HONEST question which is NOT ASKED!

Guardianstone 2011-04-10 18:48:43 -0500 Report

Sorry answered Donna's question under your question. Here's yours.
1. If you have a computer or cell phone, find the most odnoxious loud iritating alarm and set it. some will allow more than one time.
2. Have someone record the message on your phone or computer.
3. Record yourself with that message. 'GET UP AN TAKE YER SHOT . . NOW!!!
4. have a friend call every day to remind you.
5. If you can do it every day for 7 weeks it should become habbit.
Good luck

donna62M 2011-04-10 19:09:50 -0500 Report

I think these suggestions will help more than the kids…I ask them to remind meof something laterin the day, and the will remind me in 1 min time.HA HA HA… thanh you for the advice…

Guardianstone 2011-04-11 06:07:23 -0500 Report

Kids can be a handfull. Give them a hug and kiss from me. Cherish them every day. They can be the cause of grey hair, but they are our fountain of youth.

Harlen 2011-04-10 18:33:42 -0500 Report

Well do you forget to get into bead ??
Do you forget to brush your teeth???
LOL sorry
I always kepped mine by the bead so I would not for get it .
I would sit on the bead and before I got in I would give my shot
never forgot it
Best wishes

Guardianstone 2011-04-10 18:30:07 -0500 Report

Donna, Ask the kids to remind you. Mommy reminds them to do homework so . . . 'only fair, only fair.'
'Don't you just hate that?'
Good luck and God bless
Guardian stone

donna62M 2011-04-10 18:00:03 -0500 Report

I stillforget to take my evening insulin shot at tea sometimes…because of the rush to get tea done and to nagg the kids into homework,etc…so I will be interestedto know what people suggest…because I really have no idea how to fix it…