Insulin Injection

By BreC Latest Reply 2015-01-02 12:10:40 -0600
Started 2014-12-26 14:06:29 -0600

Yesterday being Christmas I had a houseful with my children and grandchildren. Most of my family have been witness, at some time or another, to me giving myself an insulin injection. My youngest has had so many events going on that she had not seen me give myself an injection. Yesterday I was in my bedroom about to give myself my injection when she walked in. She got upset 1. because I gave the injection in my stomach and 2. because she hates needles and didn't want me to hurt. I love that she cares and tried to explain that I gave the injection in my stomach because it was easier to get to the spot because I was wearing jeans. I hate that she got upset but love knowing that she cares. Finding a balance for both her and myself is the key, I think.

10 replies

Stuart1966 2015-01-02 12:10:40 -0600 Report

Depending on the gauge of the needle, and most importantly its length, you can go through almost all clothing, no removing/raising/lowering of any clothing required.

I've gone through jeans easily and often. They never notice. Trains, planes, in the car… the people around me literally don't notice 99.9% of the time.

How old is she? In time, there are things you can do to make her more comfortable about your shots. Have her do one or two for you is one possibility. Have her depress the plunger another, all kinds of things you can try to give her comfort.

The choices are limited by her age, and maturity.

elizag1 2014-12-27 09:57:48 -0600 Report

They need to see you doing that and, it is a time for talking to them about it..
I too don't like needles but, if it is to help you feel better, I think that is what you
have to tell them..

lilleyheidi 2014-12-27 02:06:44 -0600 Report

Regardless of their age, they are still our babies. My son is 30 and has taken the time to educate himself as much as he can about diabetes, and asks me a lot about my eating plan and about my medications. He still has absolutely NO desire to see me inject insulin I think it is probably good that your child got to see you do it, even if it did make her a bit uncomfortable. It opened doors to discuss it. HUGS Heidi

Docjjb 2014-12-26 22:41:07 -0600 Report

I've been using insulin pumps since 1990 and was told I was the second person in CT to do this. An incident with injections was one reason I switched to pumps. I was 23 and in the men's room of an upscale hotel and had to take an injection using my penfill needle. Before I knew what happened a man attacked me and was beating me until the attendant who knew me got security. As you can guess the man mistook me for doing an illegal substance, I dropped it but it never left my psyche. I know the topic is telling children about our need for injections but the article triggered this never spoken of memory. Wishing you all the best now and always. JJB

BreC 2014-12-27 08:30:37 -0600 Report

That is horrible that you were attacked. Some bad memories are hard to shake. So sorry you had to go through that. Blessings to you and yours.

wraithmb 2014-12-26 20:13:46 -0600 Report

It's a tough thing to explain to a child. The way I explained it to my oldest:

1). I asked if he remembered what it was like when he was sick and threw up.

2). I told him that if daddy didn't take that needle of medicine every time he ate, he would get very sick and throw up and have to go to the hospital.

3). I answered his questions. Namely does it hurt? (Sometimes, but only if daddy doesn't do it the right way) and Why? (Because daddy's stomach isn't sure what to do with the food he eats, and the medicine in the needle helps it)

Something else to try: are you using syringes, or do you use the pens? I use the humapen luxura hd and the lantus solo star…they look less like a needle so it may reduce her anxiety about it a little bit. All in all, just a few ideas that might help out. :-)

BreC 2014-12-26 16:37:02 -0600 Report

My daughter is 32 but whatever age they are, they are still my babies. My daughter has had a rough few months. Her home burned and they lost everything. So she has been busy trying to start anew and her time and nerves are stretched to the breaking point. They are bouncing back but it has been hard. I have tried hard to not have any of my children worry about me but am open to answer whatever questions they may have. We will learn together.

Kats49 2014-12-26 14:57:34 -0600 Report

That was an experience she needed to witness. Brings up an old memory…when one of my daughters had a friend over and later that week she came on crying she was 8 yrs old. I asked what was wrong Pam's parents won't let her play over here anymore. Why? Her parents thought We were drug addicts because Pam had seen Jens father giving himself a shot. That took a while to straighten out because soon the rumor spread all over the small school. It got to the point I would just laugh…

Glucerna 2014-12-26 14:16:27 -0600 Report

What a good learning experience for her, expression of her support and love for you, and opportunity for both of you to adjust to this phase of diabetes management. ~Lynn @Glucerna

correctionsnurse1 2014-12-26 14:10:50 -0600 Report

BreC… I have had to have a discussion with my 6 year old grandson, and once I explained that Nonni had to give herself a shot to help her, not hurt her, he was ok. He is actually wanting to help me now.