Over-whelmed!!! Am I doing this right?

Cat Weaver
By Cat Weaver Latest Reply 2015-03-02 21:15:55 -0600
Started 2015-02-27 12:15:29 -0600

So yeasterday was my first real doctors appointment since my diagnosis and just as I was learning my way around my insulin and injectons she changed everything! I don't mind I know she is working on keeping me even scale and running with a lower blood sugar all day but I'm a bit freaked out! I got pens instead of using my syringes, my first injections I messed up and didn't leave the needle under the skin long enough for the correct dose and my second bleed more than any other one has bleed todate. My doctor wasn't clear about correction doses and there was so much information in one day that I just can't remember it all. Most confusing I was switched from Novolin (R) to a Novolog 70/30 mix and I am uncertin and fear any correction doses that need to be made, can anyone give me any advice on this, does 70/30 work basically like R only quicker? I've reasearched online but keep ending up with contradicting information and I am really afraid of plummiting or sky rocketing my blood sugar, got a call into my doctors office but who knows when they will call back -_-

3 replies

RebDee 2015-03-02 21:15:55 -0600 Report

Do't panic!! Stress causes changes in blood sugar just as food does. Being overwhelmed is the same as being stressed. If your doctor does not call within a set amount of time, call him again. The squeeky wheel gets the oil. Write down exactly what you want to know so that you will write next to the question the answers and then you can go back to reading it when you finished the conversation or to ask even more questions of the doctor.

I went from needles to pump so I never had the pen but my best friend does and I know it took her some time to be able to use it with confidence that she was doing it correctly.

Good luck to you. Remember to stick to your guns and if the doctor doesn't call you, you call the doctor, and if he does not answer, go visit him. Or ask if there is a nurse practitioner who can help you to get the ansewrs you need.

Anonymous 2015-02-27 17:30:03 -0600 Report

70/30 insulin is a combination of fast-acting insulin and intermediate acting insulin which means it stays in your body longer than regular insulin. Living with diabetes is never static and, I've found, demands constant adaptation. This is especially true right after diagnosis. I believe 70/30 insulin is prescribed in lieu of using a fast-acting insulin for meals and a long-acting insulin for your 24-hour basal insulin needs. When I was on injections of Novolog (fast-acting) and Lantus (long-acting) I was advised not to do a correction unless my BG exceeded 250 mg/dl. Then, I was given a sliding scale to use depending on how high my BG was and how much insulin to take for the correction…everyone's scale may be different based on individual insulin sensitivity. Hopefully, your doctor will have returned your call.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-27 12:25:01 -0600 Report

When I first got started the doctor changed my dose several times, The way mine works is I had a base dose and then depending on what my bold sugar was I would add on to that base dose. there have even been times where I didn't take enough insulin and a couple hours after I ate my numbers would climb pretty high, so I would have to take another unit. That's not the ideal thing to do, but when you first get started its hard to remember everything and to do the correct thing. But don't worry, you will get it. Try not to be so hard on yourself, you will get the hang of it. As for your doctor, if they don't call you back ASAP get back on the phone, become a pain in the butt if you have to, after all you are worth it! I would not recommend the things I have done but maybe it will help to know your not in this alone. :)