judy makowski
By judy makowski Latest Reply 2010-03-22 09:12:53 -0500
Started 2010-02-27 19:20:41 -0600

Ok gang, I need some help. I am not able to control my sugar as well as I once was and I am terrified my Dr. is going to put me on insulin and I am positively terrified of needles. I can't imagine giving myself an injection yet at times I think it would be the best thing for me.

There are days I do very well but lately with all the stress and pain I have been under my sugars are out of control. I sometimes forget my meds and I know that has to stop. I have taken to leaving me med. box out until I take my pills but if I put it in the drawer without thinking I forget.

It seems as if one stress has built up on top of another until the pile is ready to tumble. I just feel really miserable.

23 replies

GabbyPA 2010-03-22 09:12:53 -0500 Report

Judy, you are under so much stress right now with things that are going on. That stress is an incredible thing to deal with and I hope that you have some close friends and family that you can just vent with or cry with is close by. Try not to deal with it alone. Pop me a note if you need to.

I know it is hard, but discipline is your best friend. If you don't take your pills regularly, it will be harder for you to give yourself a shot regularly if you already are afraid of it. So that is your first step to take.

As for the insulin, it is a very, very small needle and my mom takes her shots in the tummy or leg and says she really doesn't even feel it. So don't despair, it is not so bad. It might be creepy at first, but the results are far better than the pills, at least for my mom that was the case.

Don't will find your way.

bluemax 2010-03-19 14:19:16 -0500 Report

Insulin injections are not like they used to be. My doctor put me on Novolin N Innilet which is very simple to use and with a small needle. Nothing to it. Try it, you will like it!

Markus 2010-02-28 08:43:35 -0600 Report

I use Humalog 75/25 pen, 20 units twice a day. I just take it when I take my Metformin before breakfast and supper (so I don't forget!).
It is such a fine and short needle that screws onto the end of the pen which is about the size of a large Sharpie. Not a big deal.
Testing your BG levels with a lancet hurts more.

judy makowski
judy makowski 2010-02-28 21:36:55 -0600 Report

I'm also concerned about how to to figure out how much to use. Is this explained by the Dr. How much to use and when to use it etc. It sounds so complicated.

Zimoss 2010-02-28 22:25:31 -0600 Report

your doctor will give you a starting point for how much to use. You might have to change it based on your body's needs…but it sounds like you might need just a little extra so it shouldn't be so bad.

bluemax 2010-03-19 14:21:59 -0500 Report

I agree, testing for blood sugar levels is worse than the insulin shots! Ineed more fingers to use for testing!

Zimoss 2010-02-27 23:04:50 -0600 Report

sorry to hear you might be going on Insulin…but its not as bad as you are thinking it is.

The good news is that insulin works very well to help with keeping blood sugar lower.

The best news is that with the new 31gauge needles…you won't even feel them and they are short too… so its not like the olden days when they used the huge harpoons :) and if you can poke your finger with a lancet…you might be surprised to learn that there is more pain involved with a finger stick than an insulin injection.

bd's website regarding their syringes:

roger 2010-02-27 23:09:43 -0600 Report

good luck and dont wory u will be a pro in no time and wonder what u were woried about
idreaded it all back in 1989 and now on a pump just wish i had started the pump sooner
agan good luck

judy makowski
judy makowski 2010-03-01 22:01:45 -0600 Report

Thanks for the information. I must admit some of the fear is going away thanks to all of you. It would be worth it if I could control my sugars better. I'm going to make an appointment to have my bloodwork done and then see what she has to say.

trey66 2010-02-27 20:20:35 -0600 Report

I am very terrified of needle and my doctor knows this so she order me the ulta thin needle and they don't even hurt. before I was diagnose with diabeties I told my wife that I did'nt know what I would do if I wad a diabetic and had to give myself shots. The doctor would not let me leave his office until I gave myself 10 unit of insulin, I was scared but I did it. Now I give myself shot with no problem. Besides this taking insulin will help you mantain and keep your blood sugars low or in normal range, so if you have to take insulin ask for a script for ultra thin needles.

E2 2010-02-27 21:08:57 -0600 Report

I definitely agree with Trey. I use the Lantus pen (hope to go on pump soon) and my needle length is 5mm. It is very tiny. Good luck with everything, I'm sure things will turn out great!

E2 2010-02-27 21:08:57 -0600 Report

I definitely agree with Trey. I use the Lantus pen (hope to go on pump soon) and my needle length is 5mm. It is very tiny. Good luck with everything, I'm sure things will turn out great!

salmanda 2010-02-27 19:38:27 -0600 Report

Hi Judy,
Sorry to hear you are in pain and stressed. That is never good for the blood sugars.
I was put on insulin a few months ago, and it really is easy to do. They have these pens now, and the needles are really small. I can only feel it once in a great while. I take mine at night. It is a long acting form, and we are still doing some adjusting as to the dosage. It is better to be on insulin than have damage from too high blood glucose levels. I was very reluctant to start it also, but I have adjusted to the idea for my own good.
I have had to give myself shots for a number of years for another condition, and those were harder at first. Now I have an auto injector for that and it makes it much easier.
Please take care.
Sal :)

judy makowski
judy makowski 2010-02-28 21:29:25 -0600 Report

Thanks Ssal I appreciate your input.

salmanda 2010-03-01 06:18:38 -0600 Report

Hi Judy,
I started out at 10 units, and I have increased to 30 units. The doctor's office has a nurse that trained me on giving myself the shot. She also checks in to see how I am doing and reports to my doctor. My doctor then relays any doseage changes through her. It is very helpful, and the nurse is a very nice lady.

MAYS 2010-02-27 19:31:26 -0600 Report

Hello !
My question to you is this, is the insulin necessary ?
Has it been decided definitely by your doctor or is there still a chance for you to get your glucose under control with out it ?
How long have you been diabetic ?
" Mays "

judy makowski
judy makowski 2010-02-28 21:28:14 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed in Jan of 1992 after being on chemo. Until them I was fine.

No she hasn't said it was necessary yet but she is begining to suggest I take it in the evenings because my liver "dumps" sugar during the early hours of the morning.

If I wake up at 3 am and eat someting my sugar is ok in am . If I don't it is high.

Markus 2010-03-01 16:30:50 -0600 Report

I find it very interesting that if you eat at 3 a.m. your sugar is okay when you awake, but if you don't eat it is high. Looks like I need to go back to my doc with more questions because after 3 years I can't seem to get it right. Thanks for your insight.