needles! ugh!

raccoon mana
By raccoon mana Latest Reply 2013-03-03 18:32:23 -0600
Started 2013-03-02 19:05:40 -0600

know what i hate about diabetes? the needles! i can handle getting a tattoo, i even like the way it feels. but testing my blood? no way! i have to look away to give myself that tiny little jab of the needle. the thought of having to take insulin terrifies me. so far im just on metformin. thank God! but i have this thing about needles… i tend to pass out when it comes to shots or IVs. how do people on insulin do it? kudos to those of you that have to take insulin! :)

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2013-03-03 17:48:55 -0600 Report

You can get short needles, they don't hurt. Please don't let it freighten you. Also, make sure your lancet device has a dial with numbers on it, that way you can make adjustments on how far the lancet will go in and control the pain. Have you tried using your arm to check?

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-03 11:47:47 -0600 Report

i remember those huge needles from an exboyfriend. them babies were nasty! thanks for the input. beginning to like this site. getting more info here than i know what to do with

davidhogan 2013-03-03 11:45:15 -0600 Report

Pinch yourself REALLY hard on the other side of your bicep. Hurts, but you CAN tolerate it…but most of my 5 injections each day don't hurt near as bad as the SELF PINCH. My stomach area is the easiest and least painful injection site, then the thigh area and buttocks, with the arms probably being the worst for me. You have to rotate injection sites to avoid scar tissue build up.

I actually dislike the finger pricking more than the injections, but again you just get over it. The needles now of days on pen injectors are so ultra fine and small they are not like those daggers they came at me with in the military 30 years ago. ;-)

RebC 2013-03-02 19:39:52 -0600 Report

I was super afraid of needles before I was diagnosed with t1. Now it has become kind of commonplace. Can't be afraid if it HAS to be done. :)