Things are often rather busy around here, and I have trouble getting a free minute or two to do my testing and take my insulin. As a result, it's not uncommon for me to be left with that terrible question, "Did I take the shot or not?", or that other terrible question, "Did I take the right insulin?"
I thought my worries were over when I found the Innovo device. I'd call it a pen even though it looks more like an overgrown pager or cell phone, but the company calls it a "insulin doser". It has a display on it that shows the last dose taken, and a clock face that shows how many hours ago it was last used, up to 12. it's easy to use, and lets me know that I either did or didn't do the shot.
Unfortunately, the battery has died, and there's no official way to change it. Even worse, the company behind it, Novo Nordisk, no longer makes it, and any that are still out there will not likely have more than a month's worth of battery life left. When I called their customer service number, I heard that there are a lot of people still looking for them, but their only suggetion for a replacement is the Novolin Pen 4, a unit without a "Did I use it" function.
I've heard about another pen that has a memory function, the Humapen Memoir, from Ely Lilly. It won't take the Novo Nordisk cartridges, so I'd have to change insulin to switch. My doctor is fine with that, and my latest script has one of the Ely Lilly insulins on it. The only problem is actually getting the pen — .it seems there are more stories about why I can't get one than there are drops of water in the Atlantic ocean! I'll cover the ongoing details in followup messages.
I don't know of any other devices out there that have a memory function, unless you count the insulin pumps, but would like to hear about them. It seems to be such a useful safety-related function, I find it hard to believe it's not standard equipment by now.
To provide a little background, I'm located in Canada, (Nova Scotia, to be specific), and am reasonably technically capable. I rebuilt my first cell phone out of parts collected over 7 years, so I also have some level of patience, although perhaps a little more with machines than people. At least machines don't know how to tell lies.
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