I don't feel like taking my insulin

By 21Rose'syearsT1 Latest Reply 2013-11-09 21:22:05 -0600
Started 2013-11-08 14:39:57 -0600

I used to take my insulin just fine niw I develop a fear of needles. Please help me understand what's going on with me.

8 replies

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-09 21:22:05 -0600 Report

I developed a fear of needles too. I don't know why but it just happened. But have you talked to your doctor about a pump? I HATED the idea of a pump but after I got my omnipod I loved it! I love that it's so little and it inserts itself so it doesn't hurt at all like injections. Check it out!

Anonymous 2013-11-09 12:32:38 -0600 Report

I was never afraid of needles, but recently had gotten to a point where I was just burned out… I had been t1 Diabetic for 20 years and was just having a hard time taking the shots when I needed to..health had gotten bad and was just worn down… The insulin pump has been a savior, my robotic pancreas really makes me stay on track.. And 1 small "needle" every three days is not bad!

Caroltoo 2013-11-08 16:25:47 -0600 Report

Hi, Rose,

Welcome to DC. I am T2, treating with diet and exercise, so I don't have experience with needles in my diabetes care and know that I am lucky that I do not.

From a more psychological perspective, fear of needles comes from a painful or traumatic experience with needles or something else sharp and painful in your life. If you don't have any bad experiences like that, I'd guess it may be something most of us feel from time to time…that sense that it's just annoying to have to keep doing what we need to keep doing to keep healthy. The regularity of chronic treatment can be very depressing.

I usually have to stop and remind myself that the price of not doing what I need to do to care for myself is bigger than I want to pay and that helps get myself back on track with my treatment. Other times I make a concrete choice to do something special to reward myself for caring for myself.

If this sounds like it fits, you will need to decide what would motivate you to return to doing what you need to do to take care of yourself. However, you decide, do remember YOU ARE WORTH CARING ABOUT.


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