insulin

loner_like_EEYORE
By loner_like_EEYORE Latest Reply 2009-01-23 02:16:28 -0600
Started 2009-01-21 23:39:34 -0600

ok im new here and also new to having to use insulin and im on Humalog 3 times a day and Lantus at bedtime .ok now to my question im on a slidding scale but i have no clue how much i should take to how high my sugar is …So what im wondering is can someone please help me with a better idea of like say my sugar is 200 how much insulin should i take or if 250 how much more should i take …im so confused please help me .


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Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-23 02:16:28 -0600 Report

Once you understand what your doctor is expecting you to do, and once you start doing that, your life will begin to become manageable. Until then, nothing will make sense and you are walking a very dangerous path.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-22 14:32:30 -0600 Report

This is something serious that shold be between you and your Endo, PCP and your diabetic nurse Educator. kdroberts is right. To much insulin can cause death. I have been on insulin since childhood and NEVER used anyone elses sliding scale or guess at what I should give myself. Please call your MD for more information due to giving yourself insulin. Keep a record of your blood sugars and your doses so he/she can figure out where the problems lies…Debe

PAT L
PAT L 2009-01-22 14:30:48 -0600 Report

WELL I AM ON NOVLIN R AN N, ONE IS A 3 HOUR INSULIN AN THE OTHER IS 8 HOUR. MY DOC TOLD ME TO TAKE THE 8 HR TWICE A DAY 1 BEFORE BEDTIME, THE OTHER AS SOON AS YOU GET UP, AT ABOUT 25 TO 35 UNITS EACH TIME, THE 3 HR IS TAKEN 1/2HR BEFORE A MEAL. I TAKE 8 TO 12 UNITS DEPENDS ON THE SIZE OF THE MEAL, AN THE HIGHEST MY BS HAS BEEN IS 185, AN THAT WAS BECAUSE I FORGOT TO TAKE MY SHOT BEFORE THE MEAL, WHEN I GET UP ITS AROUND 1OO AN BEFORE I GO TO BED ITS AROUND 110 TO 140 AND THAT IS BEFORE MY LAST SHOT FOR THE DAY… I DO TEST AT LEAST 3 TIMES A DAY AN MY RECORDS I TAKE TO THE DOC WHEN I SEE HIM,,,THE CHART STARTS WITH THE DATE, THE NEXT ROW IS MORNING, THEN LUNCH,DINNER, BEDTIME, AN THE LAST ROW IS MY BLOOD PRESSURE AT NITE. EACH CHART COVERS 2 WEEKS, I MAKE COPIES WHEN I GO TO MY HEART DOC, AN HE THINKS IT GREAT BECAUSE IT TELLS HIM THAT I CARE, AN DO WATCH WHAT I DO, AN TAKE..LIKE THEY SAY SEE YOUR DOC, BUT I HOPE THIS HELPS IN KEEPING YOUR CONTROL OF THIS…

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-01-22 14:26:31 -0600 Report

Basically, never use anyone elses scale because potentially it could result in disaster, death being the ultimate. Since everyone is different, the insulin will work differently and you will need more or less than somebody else. For instance, if I used bucky's scale above I would find myself unconscious and in the ER pretty quickly. You need to work it out with your doctor, that's the closest to an answer you can get.

daetura
daetura 2009-01-22 14:18:23 -0600 Report

there are a lot of things you have to calculate… your carbs mostly. I actually was able to work with a sliding scale after going to diabetic classes. It was too confusing to me, so my doctor ended up putting me on Novolog flexpen 12 units before each meal and Lantus 70 units at bedtime. I don't know how helpful this is to you, but if you can, I would try to take classes with a diabetic teacher and nutritionist. Keep the faith

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-22 13:47:48 -0600 Report

You need to have a diabetes educator sit down with you and explain everything about your sliding scale. You are asking us a question that we can at best guess at, and that is dangerous. Everybody's reaction to insulin is different. If you don't understand how to adjust it from what your doctor has told you, then you need a certified diabetes educator.

bucky
bucky 2009-01-22 13:35:21 -0600 Report

IM also on a sliding scale there really isnt a right answer cause everyones sliding scale is different thats something you should discuse with your doctor. See like mine is i start with 5 units then every 50 add 2 more so its right for me but may not be right for you, you may be more or less. so best to call your doctor right away.

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