By denatrout1974 Latest Reply 2011-06-08 15:50:54 -0500
Started 2011-05-26 19:47:58 -0500

i was just wandering from poeple who use insulin a couple things, if u have to inject before or after a meal how do u do it here your not making other people uncomfortable,like if u cant just leave a room or something like that?i find that some people seem to get uneasy about me even just checking my bg im just asking this becouse im sure some day eventually i will have to use it becouse of my cercomstances being as they r.also im getting ready to have surgery on the 17th and then another one in 8 weeks on my feet so im not sure of these things and how surgery will affect my bg levels.

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denatrout1974 2011-06-08 15:50:54 -0500 Report

ya i think when the time comes for me to use insalin im not really gonna care right bieng so new to all of this makes me feel uncomfotable with just getting out my testing supplies ,always looking to c what time it is so i can check in 2 hours,its all so much to take in at one time.

just4us3 2011-06-08 15:45:13 -0500 Report

Most times I don't even think about what others around me are doing or thinking..If they look like they are interested in what I am doing I will explain to them what is going on .. and most are fine with it.. and even have questions..I try to go to the restoroom or a private place to do my injections most times.. but there are times where it is not I just inject and test where I am..

Lucky Britchez
Lucky Britchez 2011-05-31 20:39:53 -0500 Report

I've been diabetic most of my life and have found testing on my arm instead of my fingers helps! I use my hands alot! I have had several surgeries. Five for trigger finger release, one to fuse bones in my wrist (which also included taking bone from my hip) another to release the tendons in my other wrist and the last one on my shoulder. I am on a pump so I left my pump on until time for surgery. Any surgery creates stress on your body which will make your blood sugar go up. I would recommend talking to your doctor and checking your blood sugar more often.

roshy 2011-05-31 20:01:28 -0500 Report

like the majority of type ones, i inject four times a day. I guess doing that for 7 years you really forget about making other people feel uncomfortable and just do what you have to do. Im one of those people who was always open about being a diabetic. So when its time for lunch ill just take out the meter and the pen and work away while listening to the conversation around me! it eventualy becomes part of life and if you dont make a deal or spectacle out of it other people wont either. I do have some friends who are phobics around blood and needles and believe it or not i give them the oppertunity to give me a shot just to show to them that it really isnt a big deal!! after theyve stuck me with the needle they have a completely different attitude with the whole thing.

My dad on the other hand is completely different! he has had diabetes for almost fifty years (since he was 7) and corrying out his needle and testing his sugars is a private routine. He will do it in the toilets or in the car before he has to eat. It really does boil down to the individual.

If you are more comfortable doing your needle away from others then thats fine but if you are sick of trying to find a private area to pop one id suggest the more you practice in public the better!! it eventualy becomes just a normal daily routine!!

mama dunf
mama dunf 2011-05-31 15:23:07 -0500 Report

When eating out, I just put my meter on the seat beside me and test my blood. I use to worry about it, but anymore I just do whatever I need to do, you have to. I have people ask me about my diabetes and I use that as a time to pass on positive info. Think about it. We could educate the community with just a finger stick!!!

realsis77 2011-05-27 12:13:32 -0500 Report

Hi. I take two different kinds of insulin daily and after meals. I've broght my "bag" and injected in the bathroom, I've brought my "bag". and injected in my car, I've stepeped away and injected around the corner where people are not there, I've injected in FRONT of my family. But if I'm out or at a bbq or something I usually choose to inject in my car or the restroom. I'm a fairly new diabetic and I've been injecting since augest of last year so its almost been a year for me. I still feel uncomfortable injecting in front of a crowd of people so I usually do it privately. And if I don't feel like explaing how I have diabetes and must inject, I just say I need to go to my car. I go inside the car and inject there. I choose to inject in my outer thighs this has worked out very well for me. Alternating different thighs each time to let the other one "rest" for a day. I always change spots so I don't build scar for surgery I follow my doctors orders. Usually he wants me to take my insulin as normal before surgery or treatment but its best to discuss this with your doc first and follow his advice. Being on insulin has actually been a God send for me. My numbers are under nice tight control and my blood sugar is close to perfect now on insulin! I feel better and have more energy than ever! Before insulin I would run in the 300 400 and above range. I was constantly struggling with my numbers! The pills did NOTHING for me and I wass tired and sluggish all the time! Now I can honestly say my blood sugar is close to perfect as long as I use my insulin! The injections don't bother me a bit. Honestly it hurts FAR worse to test your blood on your fingers than it does a injection of insulin! I'm serious! If you do get put on insulin and I can help in anyway just ask ok? I've learned so much this past year and have done a large amount of reading about diabetic education. If you do get insulin I think yoou will be suprised on how much better you will feel! Good luck and God bless

denatrout1974 2011-05-26 20:39:53 -0500 Report

im on metformen two times a day right now but ive heard that sometime ith surgery they will put u on insalin for a bit is this true

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2011-05-31 20:54:52 -0500 Report

Your doctor will inform the hospital of your diabetes and they will keep close tabs on it. When I had surgery my BS went up to 350-they immediately started giving me insulin. After a day or two, it was back to normal. Good luck with your surgery!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-28 20:08:44 -0500 Report

I am only on metformen, but when I was in the hospital they gave me insulin at times. I don't know what the BG readings where the first time that determined when I was given insulin. For my last surgery the BG limit was 150. Your Dr. will be able to explain what he/she wants your levels to be.

Harlen 2011-05-26 20:22:06 -0500 Report

I dont care what others think lol
I give my shot 20 min befor I eat and I just wip it out and do it lol lol that didnt come out right lol.Stress will make it go up if your on insulin they will give you some to keep them not to high .When i had my hands done it only whent up a little .
Best wishes

weekseh 2011-05-26 20:00:55 -0500 Report

First off, do not worry what other people think, it matters what you think. Secondly, depends on the insulin on when you take it, it is always before you eat. I am on 2 different types, one I just take before I eat, the other is taken 20 min before I eat. The drs will go over it with you, take the shot just below the belt line. The needles are really small and barely feel it, most of the time you won't feel it. Taking insulin in some ways is better than pills. Anyway that is the basics.

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