Which one is harder for you to do?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-08-06 18:28:52 -0500
Started 2012-08-03 14:14:07 -0500

Most diabetics who are instructed that they must take insulin develope a fear of syringes (needles) many say that they cannot get themselves to do it.

Once they are shown how to do it, and began doing it themselves the fear subsides and they become a "pro" at injecting themselves!

Here is my question to you;

If you have to inject yourself, or a loved one with insulin on a daily basis, which one would be the hardest for you to do?

Injecting yourself, or a loved one?

I have watched the facial expressions of many caregivers as they have injected those to whom they have been entrusted to care for, and these expressions have ranged from a look as cold as ice to a look that makes you wonder if they themselves (the caregivers) are feeling any physical or emotional pain.

Then again i have seen others inject themselves as easy as breathing in air.
What's your view?


8 replies

Lizardfan 2012-08-06 18:28:52 -0500 Report

Not an insulin user but I did take Byetta for six years, giving myself injections twice a day. Now I am using Bydureon and inject once a week, once I learned the technique, both are different I was an old pro. I just looked at it as this was what I needed to do and went with it! I don't flinch, now that would hurt!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-06 05:56:22 -0500 Report

Hi Mays, I was actually surprised that when I was diagnosed I actually went for it without hesitation I was able to inject myself very easily! I've never had to inject a loved one, but if it's for their health I don't think I'd have a problem! ;-)

Type1Lou 2012-08-05 11:34:00 -0500 Report

I think I would have a harder time injecting someone else. When I was on MDI, I would inject a minimum of 4 times daily. (Now on a pump) With the newer thin disposable needles/syringes, injecting myself was painless and no big deal.

CaliKo 2012-08-03 20:55:42 -0500 Report

Hi Mays, My daily injections of almost 4 years are not insulin, but I definitely think it is easier to inject oneself than someone else.

runthe 2012-08-03 18:56:04 -0500 Report

Hi Mays, it has been almost 3 years since I was diagnosed and put on Insulin. It is still hard for me to inject myself. I have tried various parts of my body to inject and it stills hurts. i have to inject myself with enbrel once a week an that needles is slightly bigger than some of the syringes I use for my insulin. Sometimes I have bruises and buring hrs after I inject wihich is 2 times a day. I have to use 2 syringes each time I inject because it only goes to 100cc's.

jayabee52 2012-08-03 15:21:56 -0500 Report

Howdy Mays!

I no longer inject insulin, but for about 5 yrs I did so, and I had married a sweet lady whom I affectionatly called "Jem". Since she was blind totaslly I often injected her too.

At first in the hospital I was hesitant to inject myself, but quickly got over it. For me it really didn't hurt all that much.

Giving "Jem" an injection was no different. She had to have at least 3 different injections per day. She would bleed or bruise a bit if I hit a blood vessel as she had to take coumadin due to her heart condition, but it was never a lot. The times we injected together, drew us closer, I believe.

She passed from this life in July 2010 (a little over 2 yrs now) and I miss her.