working and taking my shots

By healthierbarbie Latest Reply 2011-04-19 08:01:20 -0500
Started 2010-09-01 14:23:11 -0500

my DR has me on 4 shots a day, 4 units with each meal, and 15units at bedtime, well this is a problem, because i work third shift and i don't go to bed untill 7 or 7:30 in the morning,\. then i dont get up sometimes till 12 so how do i work on this. my DR sayes i need to work them anyway. HELP HOW DO I DO THIS.

11 replies

qnmimi 2010-09-08 02:56:45 -0500 Report

Hi, I also work 12 hour night shifts, and take mealtime insulin as well as lantus for background coverage. I treat my night shifts just like my days off, and plan my meals in advance as much as possible when I work so that I have evenly spaced meals. Do not get up in the middle of your sleep to take insulin unless you also plan on checking your blood sugar, and having a meal. Too many daytime meals can make you fat (LOL!!) also too much attention to blood sugars when you are sleeping only gives you broken sleep…and I get awful cranky, and less productive at work when I do that too often. Do you tend to run low during the day? If you do, then waking up halfway during your sleep time would be beneficial. Remember to pamper yourself. Fighting against your circadian clock working nights plays havoc on your blood sugars on a good night.

GabbyPA 2010-09-01 19:02:36 -0500 Report

Isn't your day still set up like normal? What I mean is that just because your breakfast is at noon, doesn't make it lunch for you. Just do your units per meal and then your 15 before your bedtime. You have a schedule, it just is that the clock says different times. LOL

bitsygirl89 2011-04-18 10:58:43 -0500 Report

what if ur schedule different every day for work. some day i work 8 hours and then 5 hour and then 6 and its ever the same and when im at work it alway messes with my blood. most of the time it gose up and my body gets so tired but i have to work to get my med. if i didnt have have it i would have to work as much and were my body out sometime i have to go home from work because it gets so bad i have to go home and rest and if i dont then i sleep and dont dont feel rested to go back the next day. is there some people that just cant work bc of there bodys think it to hard for them?

GabbyPA 2011-04-19 08:01:20 -0500 Report

Is there any way that your employer can help you out with a better or at least more consistent schedule? Specially now that you are dealing with this?

healthierbarbie 2010-09-01 15:26:28 -0500 Report

well, i have 10 mints at midnite i'll take the last shot then, and maybe it will be all right untill i get off work at 6:30 am and get home. thanks lots.

Harlen 2010-09-01 14:50:54 -0500 Report

you do it just like your working days when you get up eat take a shot ,when its lunch time take a shot and eat ,when its dinner time take a shot and eat.
At bead time take your night time dose and your all set O and you need to teast 2 hr after each meal that way you know how your doing with your blood sugars .You may wish to keep a log of what and how much you eat and what your blood shugar was 2 hr after you will know it you had taken in as much insulin as you needed as well as what foods do what to you .We are each difrent so I can have rice with out spiking a lot but if I eat bread I spike to the moon others can have the bread but not the rice.
Best wishes

healthierbarbie 2010-09-01 14:34:18 -0500 Report


kdroberts 2010-09-01 14:49:24 -0500 Report

I don't see the problem in timings. If you are taking the levemir once a day it should be taken at about the same time every day and the novolin you take before meals.

healthierbarbie 2010-09-01 14:57:27 -0500 Report

i take 3 shots with meals, 7,am 1 pm 5 pm then i lay back down @5:30 or 6 and sleep till 9:45 and i have to be at work at 10:25 the last shot is the one i am not sure about becaust i am at work. i dont usually eat before i go to work. and if i take it at work is it going to bring my bloodsugar down to worries me