PROBLEM***Possible Mixup!!!...Prevention Question

Whomi?
By Whomi? Latest Reply 2010-09-08 08:04:26 -0500
Started 2010-08-27 00:42:44 -0500

I'm usually pretty good about taking my nighttime Lantus shot and swallowing my metformin before going to bed. By keeping my pills in daily dose holder and then taking both at the same time, I know I'm doing it right. Well…I thought so.

This evening, I gave myself the shot and then reached for the pill holder…uh oh! Today's dose was gone! As I thought about it, I remember coming upstairs just before a late supper and, possibly, taking both at that time! That would mean that I took my Lantus TWICE…instead of 40 units, I've taken 80 units! I've never done this before…I don't even know if that's a dangerous amount.

My husband and I decided I should eat something just in case, thinking it would be better to have my level go a bit high as I slept than to drop really low. I took a reading (194) and then ate (without taking my fast-acting Humalog) some regular chocolate pudding sprinkled with about a Tbsp chopped pecans. That was about 1-1/2 - 2 hours ago. I just took it again, and it's dropped 20 points to 173. Since this is still a higher reading than ideal, I think I'll be alright.

My question is…does anyone have a good suggestion for keeping track of insolin shots? Taking these shots and pills every day, day in and day out, it 's sometimes hard to remember whether a shot's been taken! (During the day, especially when I'm distracted by the busy-ness of friends/family present, I have a hard time remembering that I must take my Humalog before eating! I'll think of it afterwards, at some point.)

Nuff said…please give me your success stories. How do you keep track? I don't want this to happen again!

Thanks!!!
Barbara


10 replies

Whomi?
Whomi? 2010-09-08 08:04:26 -0500 Report

Hi, all of you who responded to my quandry of a possible od…
First of all, thank you so much for caring enough to respond with your great suggestions, and I want to let you know I'm following your advice! :)

I found a little insulin log that I hadn't used bec it didn't allow enough room to put in the notations I wanted. HOWEVER…it is perfect for my nightly Lantus, which I always take upstairs before bed.
My everyday logbook is still down on my kitchen table. I use that to track my sugar and Humalog shots during the day.

Now as long as I'm meticulous to log each shot, I'll have no more possibility of mix-ups! Thank you all again!!!

Barb

newbie51
newbie51 2010-08-28 08:36:28 -0500 Report

I have a piece of papeer that I mark down my blood sugars and the amount of insulin I take at what time of day. That helps me to keep track. It is like a log book. That might help. By the way, I take 90 u Lantus in the morning and 20 u at bedtime. That hasn't hurt me yet but sk your doctor about what he would like for you to do about taking a double dose.
Judith

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-08-27 22:56:48 -0500 Report

Have you ever seen the insulin shot organizer? It looks similar to a pill case but it is designed around injections. www.medcool.com offers some pretty great stuff to help with things like this and others along the way. When I was just doing injections and there was a certain time I needed to take it. We would place an alarm on my cell phone to remind me of taking my night time Lantus and bedtime BG. It really did help me!

Harlen
Harlen 2010-08-27 09:18:36 -0500 Report

When I was on shots thats only a little over a year ago.
I jused a little not book to rite it down what time it was and how much even if it was the same as last night lol It was the only way to know for shore that I did take it and didnt take it twice lol did that and ben there.
It realy worked I never did it again.
Best wishes
Harlen

realsis77
realsis77 2010-08-27 06:59:45 -0500 Report

Hi! I always put my daily pills in a container the night before and separate the ones I take at night and the ones I take in the morning that way I know exactly what I've taken for the day! I log every shot I give myself with the time in my logbook off to the side that way there's no confusion. It takes a little extra time but I've made it part of my routine. Even though I'm on a sliding scale with my insulin I do this. It works great for me! I hope this helps you! Good luck! :)

Whomi?
Whomi? 2010-08-27 08:05:58 -0500 Report

Thanks for your response, realsis77.

I do keep my pills in two containers (am and pm). They're marked Sun-Sat, so I know when I've taken them and won't miss a day. My two insulins are in "pens". I've kept my nighttime pen up in the bedroom bath (Lantus), and my before-meal one down on the kitchen table (Humulog). I always log my daytime shots as I take them, but leave the logbook downstairs at the end of the day, then log my nighttime shot the next morning when I come downstairs.

My hubby woke me at ~4am just to make sure I was alright (I was). I still don't know whether I took the Lantus twice (if so, it didn't affect my morning reading), but I can see that I'd better have a logbook or 3x5 card upstairs to log my nighttime shots as I take them!

Thanks again…
Barb

retta 1
retta 1 2010-08-27 01:42:09 -0500 Report

i do not draw up my insulin until i'm in my pjs and just before going to bed.i find that works best for me and i would draw up a shot and put it back in the fridge.for the ready,that way i never took to many and did not miss.hope this helps .also i keep my daily pills in a box.for the week and i never miss a dose.

Whomi?
Whomi? 2010-08-27 08:10:20 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply, Retta! :)

I do keep my pills in two containers (am and pm). They're marked Sun-Sat, so I know when I've taken them and won't miss a day. My two insulins are in "pens", so I've kept my nighttime pen (Lantus) up in the bedroom bath and my before-meal one (Humalog) down on the kitchen table where it's a constant reminder I always log my daytime shots as I take them, but leave the logbook downstairs at the end of the day, then log my nighttime shot the next morning when I come downstairs.

My hubby woke me at ~4am just to make sure I was alright (I was). I still don't know whether I took the Lantus twice (if so, it didn't affect my morning reading), but I can see that I'd better have a logbook or 3x5 card upstairs as well to log my nighttime shots as I take them!

Thanks again…
Barb