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Forgetting if I took insulin?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Chloesnavy, May 4, 2017.

  1. Chloesnavy

    Chloesnavy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone.
    Just wondering if this happens to anyone else. Tonight I have some how forgotten if I've taken my night time insulin (levemir). I've had type one diabetes for 18 years now, and I've barely ever forgotten, but sometimes it just happens. Wondering what to do? I don't want to obviously give myself too much in case I've already had some, but also don't wanna not take any because I wake up with sky high blood sugars!
    Are there any pens out there that can prevent this? Thanks! Bad diabetic alert ‍♀️‍♀️
     
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  2. MH2010

    MH2010 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The novopen echo has a function on it that tells you how ling since you last injected, might be worth seeing about getting one of them.
     
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    steve_p6 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Or Novopen 4 if you take over 30u in a shot.
     
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  4. EllsKBells

    EllsKBells Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    There is this

    https://timesulin.com/

    Which I am actually quite tempted by.

    I have also found it helpful to do my long acting at a set time - 11pm for me. I went through a phase where I was really, really bad at remembering, or worse, taking the wrong one. You aren't a bad diabetic - I don't believe there is any such thing - just human.
     
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  5. Type1Bri

    Type1Bri Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Dodo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    After so many years of injecting it does get difficult to remember whether you have or not. The Novopen Echo is great for my bolus but with my basal I also have a set time of 11 pm.
     
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    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The Novopen 5 has a memory function, you pull the plunger/twisty bit out and in again, on the end the LCD screen displays the number of units last dosed and a circular bar graph showing how long ago it was, up to 12 hours - I did 13 units 3hours ago just looking at mine. The echo pen is the same but has half unit measures for dosing. A life saver for those times when your mind goes blank and you can't remember! Comes in a selection of colours to avoid confusion over basal and bolus pens - ask your clinic for 3, in different colours, bolus and basal and a spare!
     
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    These gadgets are great for the future.
    However, if I forget if I have taken my basal tonight, what is the best thing to do?
    Stay up with regular BG checks and measure whether fasting BG rises?
    If it does, I guess you can assume you definitely forgot your basal. Do you take it later? I guess if you do, you need to take into consideration that Lantus lasts 24 hours so don't take it too early tomorrow?
    Or is there another approach?
     
  9. not-so-lucky

    not-so-lucky Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I use an app called Sugr on my iphone to track everything at the moment as my memory is terrible
     
  10. JacquiMorrison

    JacquiMorrison Type 1 · Active Member

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    Agree. If I forget my Lantus basal I take it as soon as I remember and just continue my normal times for injections the next day - it does mean I need to monitor my sugars more to prevent sugars falling within the next day. However I think I would prefer monitoring it more than try to calculate to take less or try to keep pushing my sugars low with continuous bolus until it's time for basal again
     
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    JacquiMorrison Type 1 · Active Member

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    I found this brilliant. Only thing is I kept forgetting to use it
     
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    maria030660 · Well-Known Member

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    I use the sugar app and it's great and you can see your whole history and also print it out when you have an appointment with your doctor or nurse
     
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    GrantGam Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @steve_p6; would you be so kind as to elaborate on this for me?
     
  14. steve_p6

    steve_p6 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Typo i meant NovoPen 5 which will do up to 60u, the echo only does up to 30u per shot.
     
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    GrantGam Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @steve_p6, I've wasted a whole afternoon looking for a secret function in my Novopen4 that I never knew existed;)
     
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    Jordi77 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I use the novopen 5 in both colours plus a spare set and the way I remember is via setting alarms on my phone and on my blood meter so that I can remember and the dose I took which is a lot better than the novopen 4 which I have in blue and silver and are around £62 -£63 on ebay
     
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    steve_p6 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @GrantGam you never said you wanted to know the secret function! :banghead:
     
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    I had that same problem so i told my consultant and he prescribed me a novopen 5 with a memory
     
  19. Ambersilva

    Ambersilva Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I use the Insulcheck device. It is triggered as you inject. I find that it is very reliable and Customer Support is very good.
     
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    ambersilva youre irristable..;)
     
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