Thankfully I only need to inject Novolin Insulin once at night, 10 Units. I have been doing this less than 1 month. I have found pain on the right side of my stomach along with small bleeding. I do far better on the front of my legs, no pain or blood. The left side of my stomach is usually OK, & it helps to spread my fingers on my belly to make sure I'm in a different area. I counted on the body diagram I was given, 46 sites on the front of legs & belly, and 76 including the hips & back of arms, areas I haven't mastered yet. The advice of being sure the alcohol is dryi helpful. For me I now know the right side of my belly is sensitive. That still gives me a month of different injection sites. I am blessed with only 1X per evening. I'm sure there will still be occassions injecting will cause me pain, but hopefully as I learn those will become even less & less frequent. I also still take a 1000 mg Metformin with breakfast and another 500 mg with lunch. My BG's are so far much better under control now, & I don't have the digestive side effects I was having with 2000 mg of Metformin a day, 2 with breakfast & 2 with dinner. I even tried spreading those 500 mg pills out to 4 times per day, but by the 5th pill the next morning, into the restroom I needed to race. I at 1st had thought I would have the negative side effects with taking a 1000 mg Metformin at the same time, and it didn't make sense to me how the metformin was prescribed with the Insulin. But I should know the Dr. is always right. Her dose prescription works best, & happily this time without negative side effects. My logic of her presription, which didn't match the iniitial effect of the insulin explained to me is: my Dr. wants me to take the Metforman as many hours as possible away from injecting the insulin. Insulin at 20:00, 2 Metformin at 7:00 am and the 3rd Met. at 12:00 noon. As long as my chocolate/sugar consumption isn't WAY out of control, my BG is from 93 to 130. Whic is close to the < 120 before meals & definately < 160 after meals. Just wanted to share my experiences, sorry for rambling.
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