My 82 year old father was recently dismissed from the hospital after a 4 week stay (fractured patella/surgery/infection). Prior to his hospitalization his diabetis was very well maintained by Glipizide and Metformin (orally). When he came out of surgery they started him on insulin without our knowledge. It wasn't until 3 days later that we realized he was receiving Lantus and Novalog IM instread of the oral meds. Now, 4 weeks later they dismiss him with a "sliding scale chart" and the IM insulin. My father lives with my mother and is her care giver but neither of them is coherent enough to manage this horrid regimen of insulin. My sister and I have taked two weeks vacation to try to get him settled but each day is worse than the one before. He just can't understand it. I'm taking him to his primary doctor tomorrow (who, I might add, is NONE too happy about the insulin because he knows how easily confused my father is). Is there any hope we can get him off the IM insulin and back on the Glipizide and Metformin. He is currently taking 30 units Lantus a.m. and 5 base units Novalog before each meal, plus whatever units are necessary according to his levels. There will be NO ONE to administer his meds in two days.
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