Cant remember.

By ivonalvarez Latest Reply 2011-01-17 17:10:06 -0600
Started 2011-01-09 15:20:43 -0600

I dont know why but I often forget to inject my insulin before eating and yet I remember after eating. What bothers me is that I have known about my diabetes for 3 yrs now. Am I the olny one who does that?? Shouldnt I remember by now.

29 replies

cbryant 2011-01-16 17:37:03 -0600 Report

I find that if I get out medication and my metor is visible it helps me to remember to take my medication and to test. if I;m hungry or in a hurry I find that's when I forgot. But keeping medication and testing supplies visble in the kitchen helps me remeber tremendously. Pray always help me ehen I'm restless or can't sleep.

Argarcia9206 2011-01-11 15:26:34 -0600 Report

I was told by my endo that if you inject yourself 15 mins. b4 or after you eat then you are OK. He seems to be right bcuz my levels are usually about the same whether I do it b4 or after. And my levels don't seem to be higher if I give them after I eat. So as long as its in a 15 minute period b4 or after then I would say you are OK.

glee9349 2011-01-10 17:19:04 -0600 Report

Kids are a great motivator. You will find you groove and get in it and it will come to you like second nature. Just keep up doing what your doing and noticing what is wrong is half the battle.

MewElla 2011-01-10 14:34:08 -0600 Report

Thinking about you today and hope today is a better day than yesterday…So much to remember about diabetes, I know it keeps me on my toes…God Bless you and your family.

umnarF 2011-01-10 12:26:53 -0600 Report

I use a pump and I do sometimes forget but you can set up alarms for reminders on the pump. It's not a perfect solution but it does help. Of course, you may not qualify for a pump. If you do you really would love the pump once you are used to using it. If not—if you have a cell phone try setting up reminders on it. I used to always forget my insulin at lunchtime when I worked.

PetiePal 2011-01-10 10:15:01 -0600 Report

I know a lot of people tend to forget sometimes…I think a good idea would be to start associating the process of eating with insulin FIRST, eat next. An alarm is a nice idea or setting 3 on your cell at normal meal times. Maybe you can try starting with that and see if keeping it fresh in your mind at least relatively close to eating times will help you remember more easily.

jayabee52 2011-01-10 12:37:11 -0600 Report

If I remember correctly from a previous posting in this discussion she doesn't have a cell phone.

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squog master 2011-01-09 22:25:51 -0600 Report

Maybe you could try setting an alarm. I don't have to do this for daily meds but I have to pre medicate when I'm going to the dentist so I set a cell phone reminder.

re1ndeer 2011-01-09 19:11:14 -0600 Report

Do you test your blood, before you eat? If so, this should be the reminder to than take your insulin shot. This is what I do as I too must take a shot before I eat, so, I test my blood, then I give my shot, then if I have additional Meds to take, I lay them out on the table with my drink, get my food. then take my pills with my meal. For me this is the easiest way to remember.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 22:05:47 -0600 Report

Im not going to lie at times I forget that also. I have been telling my Dr that lately I have been forgetting things and I dont know why and its not just my meds its alot of things that I should not forget yet things that happend in the past I can remember even thou I wish I could forget them things. I guess my Dr dont think its a big deal but this forgetting things is really getting to me. Is anyone going thru this also??

GabbyPA 2011-01-09 19:02:42 -0600 Report

A lot of times we forget the things that we don't like to do. Is there a reason that you don't like the results of your insulin? Is there pain in giving the shot? Is there resentment that you have to do it? Perhaps if you find the reason that you forget, you can combat it on that front.

Making it a habit takes about 3 weeks. If you can concentrate on it and succeed with it for 3 weeks, that should help you a lot. Unfortunately, it only takes 3 days to break the success...Maybe a chart somewhere in the bathroom or kitchen would be good.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 22:10:08 -0600 Report

Gabby that sounds like a plan. I will put a chart in the bathroom. As for a resentment I have alot of resentment about alot of things that are happening to me. Diabetes isint the only thing I have and im in constant pain to top it off. Go to my profile and see. I dont give up because of my kids they are the ONLY reason I dont give up.

GabbyPA 2011-01-10 14:08:08 -0600 Report

Well there you go, you found your inspiration to do well. Post a photo of the kids in your chart so that you always remember why you are doing what you do. I am sorry that there is so much more going on. It seems that tends to be the case. Look at the angels in your life and does help.

BandonBob 2011-01-09 16:04:54 -0600 Report

I have all my meds and my blood pressure machine on my bedside table and I do everything before I move away from bed. For me this is the only way I can remember and after so many years it is now a habit.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 16:27:50 -0600 Report

Bandon I do too but I get up to use the bathroom first than anything because my bladder is not well and when im done I already forget. Isint that dumb of me.

MAYS 2011-01-09 15:26:22 -0600 Report

This may be a bit more common than you can ever imagine.
Does your blood glucose meter have an alarm function?
If it does, you can set it to remind you to test, and to take your insulin, you can also do this with your cell phone!


ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 15:45:37 -0600 Report

I have even tryed putting my meds on a place that when I wake up its the fist thing I see but nothing as soon as I move I forget. I told this problem to my Dr and asked her about the pump but I dont even know if my insurance covers it.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 15:41:07 -0600 Report

No my meter dont have a alarm at least that I know of and I dont have a cell. I think that my memory is just plain bad. I also have that same problem with all my meds.