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I am due to start insulin tonight

Discussion in 'Type 2 with Insulin' started by Rubette, Dec 9, 2020.

  1. Rubette

    Rubette Type 2 · Member

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    and am confused. I saw the nurse this morning and she told me what to do, how to use the pen, but when I read the info from the manufacturers o the pen, it was different. She didn't mention anything about setting it to 2 and tapping to rid the pen of any air and making sure I got the full dose. Any advice please. It's an INSUMAN BASAL SoloStar if that helps.
     
  2. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. It's what's called an 'air shot' to remove the any air stored in the needle. I normally just a setting to1 which I find enough. After the air-shot you set the amount of insulin you need. I've read that it's best to keep the pen vertical when doing the air-shot to help any air get out.
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The first shot is also to check your insulin pen is working.
     
  4. Rubette

    Rubette Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you... can I ask how often you test your bloods.
     
  5. masonap

    masonap Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I test and inject 4 times a day, before breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then again before bed when I inject a long lasting insulin.

    As for your initial question I’ve more or less stopped the 2 unit squirt... but you should always do it when you start a new pen (maybe even 2 or 3 times) to make sure the needle is primed properly. The other reason to do it would be to check that the needle is working, in 5 years of injecting I’ve had several needles that don’t work, so yes maybe the 2 unit shot is worth while, maybe I’m just getting lazy.
     
  6. Rubette

    Rubette Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you for taking the time to respond. Can’t see anyone else bothering, where’s the support in that?
     
  7. masonap

    masonap Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How are you getting on? I guess it’s about 10 days now?
     
  8. Fenn

    Fenn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You cant see the other replies?
     
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