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Tickleflex

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by Trinakt, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Trinakt

    Trinakt · Newbie

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    Hi. My daughter has recently been diagnosed with type 1. She has a phobia of needles so I bought her a tickleflex. The problem now is that some of the insulin is leaking and we don't know how much is being lost.
    Has anyone else had this problem?
     
  2. Knikki

    Knikki Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello @Trinakt Welcome to the forum.

    When you say "leaking" do you stick the needle in and then withdraw straight after you have finished pushing the plunger in?

    Ideally you should keep the needle in for at least 10 seconds once you have compressed the plunger in to prevent this.

    But yes I sometimes get this, it is usually only a very small amount.

    I do get the phobia of needles thing but when I was a kid, many years ago, my mum used to get me to inject my teddy bear, which I still have, because one of this silly things if bear wasn't afraid of the needle then I shouldn't be either.

    In those days the needle was at least 25mm long if not longer not like the 4mm ones used today, but the same trick might work with your daughter.

    Good luck :)
     
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  3. Trinakt

    Trinakt · Newbie

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    Thank you x
     
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    Libby3781 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I use the TickleFlex when injecting. After administering I leave the needle inserted for 30 seconds before removing.

    However, I do find that the needle tends to have a tiny drop of insulin still on it.

    I inject 16 units, and based on my following readings afterwards they implied that all of the dosage is received.

    If you are finding after the insulin has been administered there is a tiny amount left on the needle, I wouldn’t stress to much. When you then do you’re daughters blood glucose reading afterwards the reading should indicate that most of insulin has been received.
     
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