miss eva

Q:

What would you suggest? I have trouble taking shots and pills everyday. I don't have that will power.

Patty Bonsignore

A:

Diabetes is a lot of work, and it can be hard to take medicines on time every day. If you are having trouble following the schedule you have been given, there are a few things you can do. First, let your healthcare provider know you are having trouble. Second, ask if there are alternatives for you. For example, some oral medicines can be taken once a day, not twice. Also, there are combination pills -- two types of oral medications in one pill. As for the insulin, sometimes healthcare providers order 4 injections of insulin per day without thinking about the fact that for some people, this just doesn’t work with their schedule. Ask your healthcare provider whether a pre-mixed insulin might work better for you. If you are having problems with your memory, create a system that helps you to remember your pills. Prefilling pill boxes, writing down on a calendar when you take your medicine or asking a family member to remind you are all strategies you can try.

October 25, 2012 at 6:02 am

4 replies

Betzie
Betzie 2017-12-03 22:46:27 -0600 Report

I just replied to the question above but it wasn't posted. I am a member.
To make it short, everyone has to use the bathroom during the day/night, take your insulin there. As far as reminders, do you have a cell phone? If yes, set the reminder/alarms at the times when needed. Most people today know that others have (issues) health related problems and need meds. You should just get some water, go to the lunchroom and take your meds.

Betzie
Betzie 2017-12-03 22:36:35 -0600 Report

I use the pen insulin, no more carrying vials, needles, etc. I had no problems using my insulin when i worked. Everyone has to go to the bathroom so use it there. I don't feel ashamed anymore using it in public. During the summer when i wear shorts, if i go to a dinner, i use it in my thigh at the table. after 42 yrs, i usually don't test, just take what i think. Also, if you have a cell phone, set timers. I have one set for every day at 10:30 pm for my overnight insulin. I prefill my pills every Sun. nite, I don't work anymore but do that anyway. PS: I take insulin practically every time I eat. A different one for overnight. I pretty much know now how much for what.

jeffason
jeffason 2016-12-19 22:21:51 -0600 Report

hello there hey I know the feeling iwent from a active 58 yr man and a slowed down grandpa now and I have a hard time takin my meds as I should eating right all is a hassel but it has to be I hate not feeling good it stinks my feet are always in pain and my back I have type 2 diabetes and meralgia paresthetica wwow in my left leg I take gabapentin morphine oxcycodone and metformine glimepiride aond thre meds for high blood pressure I have a regiment of about 9 pills to take daily along with dietary suppliments aplpha lipoci acid and b comples for my neuropathy in my feet get some help from a loves one whom lives with u its important to take your meds good luck