New to diabetes

By jane112 Latest Reply 2014-03-09 14:57:10 -0500
Started 2014-03-08 19:25:36 -0600

My husband has type 2 diabetes along with bladder cancer and presently in the midst of chemo before he has to have surgery to remove the bladder. With that said- i have many questions that are often overlooked at dr appts. He does insulin 3 times a day if needed but Lantus at bedtime. Is there a set time that we should be doing the Lantus and anyone have problems with skin being dry near injection site? This is all new and we are trying to get info on any of it. Thanks-Jane

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Type1Lou 2014-03-09 14:57:10 -0500 Report

Because Lantus has a 24-hour action time, it's important to try and take it at the same time every day. With any insulin injection, the injection sites should be rotated to avoid desensitizing the tissue around the injection site. Injections can be done in the abdomen, on the upper arms, thighs and buttocks…try to shoot for fleshy areas. If injections are done in the same area all the time, the underlying tissue may become scarred and affect insulin absorption. I'm sorry that your husband is dealing with all of this. It's good that you're learning as much as you can. Welcome to DC!

tabby9146 2014-03-09 10:06:44 -0500 Report

I just want to say how sorry I am, reading your post and I know you will get good advice on here, I can't give any with that situation, but I do hope the chemo treatments are successful, and sorry he/you have to go through this. wishing for the best.

jayabee52 2014-03-08 21:34:33 -0600 Report

Howdy Jane.
I am so sorry to learn of your hubby's bladder cancer and upcoming chemo and then removal of the bladder.

The best advice I can give is to think about and write down all your questions for the Dr.

Write them on a word processing program on the computer and then when you are ready to go to the Dr appointment, print out at least 2 copies of the questions (more as you think you need).

Then upon check in give one of those question sheets to the person taking the vital signs and ask the sheets to be put in your husband's medical file where the Dr will see it. before s/he comes into the exam room that way Dr knows you have questions that will need answered. That gives Dr an opportunity to research something if necessary before entering the exam room.

After the Dr says what s/he thinks necessary then it is time to go through your questions. If you don't understand (especially if using complex medical words) something ask Dr to repeat it in a different way.

As Dr is answering write down the answers, so be sure you leave extra room (next to and below) the question to write the answer.

Do not rely on your memory for a wise person once said: "the weakest ink is stronger than the strongest memory" You will remember much better what the Dr said when it is written down. .

I used to follow this proceedure when I was dealing with my (now late) wife's Drs and it was seen as very positive and organized way to deal with her extremely complex "medical challenges".

I had to do this because my "Jem" was blind, had Diabetes (T1, I think) and also had Lupis (SLE) and all the other diseases which come with SLE: heart. lung, kidney, skin, joints, and other difficulties like allergies to most antibiotics and other medications and many kinds of medical tapes. She was such a sweetheart that helping her like that was not a burden to me.

I came into her life later in our lives when she was well established with SLE and if I was a smarter man I could have run the other way, but I guess I am a "sucker for a damsel in distress". So I married the lady and was with her for about 2.5 years until she passed in 07/2010.

God's best to you! Praying for strength for your proceedures and that hubby has a good outcome and heals quickly and completely

James Baker

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