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Injecting 0.5 units

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by mountaintom, May 14, 2018.

  1. novorapidboi26

    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It basically means you're expressing any air out of the needle, if there is some....so dialling up 2 units and pushing them our in to thin air....
     
  2. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It also ensures that the needle is working, believe it or not I have had one or two that haven’t.
     
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  3. kev-w

    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I believe you could ask for a 'Novopen Echo' which does 0/5u.
     
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  4. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    I have an Echo pen and the instructions are, to air shot 2 units, then dial up your dose, I often use 1/2 (0.5) unit for breakfast and it works well at other times too, the 1/2 unit pen is a must for me. :)
     
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  5. Jez87

    Jez87 I reversed my Type 2 · Member

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    If your insulin sensitive should you need such a small amount of insulin in the first place ?
     
  6. Jez87

    Jez87 I reversed my Type 2 · Member

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    Ps t2 or t1?
     
  7. db89

    db89 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely if I wish to avoid going out of range the other way.
     
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  8. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Diakat is Type 1
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    What does it mean by insulin sensitivity?
    Insulin sensitivity varies from person to person. Insulin sensitivity describes how sensitive the body is to the effects of insulin. Someone said to be insulin sensitive will require smaller amounts of insulin to lower blood glucose levels than someone who has low sensitivity.
     
  10. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi
    I'm T1. 0.5u will drop me by 2mmol or more so great for sugar surfing or snacks.
     
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  11. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    You can get a metal pen called a Novopen Echo, which is refillable and uses cartridges of insulin. They dispense half units. You’d need to ask for one from your team, they’re usually given to children, who tend to need smaller doses. I only got mine a couple of months ago, and it’s made such a difference. Half a unit brings me down by about 1.5mmol, so it means I don’t need to let my BG get as high before I can correct/nudge it down.
     
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  12. karen8967

    karen8967 Type 1 · Expert

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    You can get them for lantus its the sanofi junior clikstar
     
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  13. Celsus

    Celsus Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think your cat would prefer you get the one with the warm red hearts instead! :p[​IMG]
     
  14. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    Nonononononononono! Far too girly! Goes shopping for skins....
     
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  15. Motherhen2014

    Motherhen2014 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I do that twice with my extenaside injection you have to get air out before you use it. I do it twice on tissue to make sure it came out.
     
  16. Circuspony

    Circuspony Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh yes! 6 units of tresiba and I'm in & out of hypo territory all day. 5 units and I wake up high, but 5.5 is manageable (although 5.25 would be perfect!).

    And I'd have major novorapid problems if I couldn't do 1/2 doses - thars why they gave me the pen!
     
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  17. Celsus

    Celsus Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    And the cat goes into hiding before you return with that flamethrower model... :)
     
  18. Celsus

    Celsus Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    So are you experimenting like me to get 1/4 size doses by pressing softer or harder on the plunger? :)
    E.g. on the classic NovoRapid flexpen, you can variate the dosing by up to 3/4 of a unit depending on how hard you press.
    Gentle press to the click and you get around 80% of a unit. But if you before that had already pressed it very hard to the bottom when priming, you get exactly 0.5 unit out of that 1 unit dosing pen.
    And going the other way, you can also prime 'normally' and then get like 1.4 unit by pressing the plunger hard when injecting.

    Reason being playing around with this is that I travel all the time and find the prefilled disposable pens easier to deal with when not having to handle the cartridges etc next to them. E.g going through the airport scans do not even require you to take them out of your bag or jacket when laying them up on the conveyor belt, etc.

    Get one of these babies if you want to join the nerdy fun:
    https://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-GEMINI-20-Portable-MilliGram/dp/B0012TDNAM
    0.5 unit of insulin weighs around 0.005 grams, so it needs to be accurate. :wacky:
     
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