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Type 1 rules we accidentally break :/

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by mooshk, May 12, 2014.

  1. mooshk

    mooshk Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Okay, so there's already been a great thread started about rules for type 1's. Which has been great to read an helpful. However, having been a type 1 an now with training I see a lot of diabetics that I know break some of the small rules. Obviously nothing big like omitting insulin on purpose, but small things.

    I think it might be nice an refreshing to see that we are all humans an we make mistakes sometimes. Let me know if this seems inappropriate In any way.

    I'll start.

    1. I change my lancet in my testing pen about once every 4 months, never every time.

    2. I never keep my insulin in the fridge :/.

    3. I leave getting my repeat prescription until I've only 1 strip left oops.


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  2. yingtong

    yingtong Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I would think not keeping your insulins In the fridge is a rather dangerous path to walking!


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  3. Indiana91

    Indiana91 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't keep the one I'm using in the fridge but I keep all of the new ones in there.
    I thought everyone did that!

    Indiana x


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  4. Thundercat

    Thundercat Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Me too. I'm a bit stunned at the idea of not keeping any of it in the fridge. Using insulin that has been compromised is very risky

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  5. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. My Novo cartridge Penfill insulins must be kept in the fridge until put into use and when in the pen should NOT be kept in the fridge (the leaflet covers this). Wow, not changing the lancet for 4 months? I change mine every few days. Views on this vary greatly. I always try to keep my scripts up to date so I have sensible stock of those things that aren't going to change or be stopped.
     
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  6. Lucie75

    Lucie75 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Insulin can be kept out of the fridge for up to 4 weeks before it is spoiled (providing it's not exposed to extreme temps). I always keep the one I'm using at room temp and all the others in the fridge.
     
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  7. AndyS

    AndyS Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sometime run the same lancet in the lancing device for a few days.

    All other things I got into good habits to start with and have managed to keep em.
     
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  8. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This thread is not going to run long if everyone who confesses gets a pasting. ;-)

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  9. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Here are some of the rules I used to break regularly, but don't any more:

    - not carrying a meter when out (I'll just play it by ear)
    - not testing before a meal
    - not carrying any hypo carbs (there's sure to be an open shop nearby)
    - having a naughty snack and not bolusing (after all, it didn't really happen, did it?)

    I still leave my repeat prescriptions to the last minute and then get grumpy with the GP and chemist staff. Which is terrible. :-(

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  10. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    I'm struggling to think of one tbh, the only one I can think of is I don't always change the lancet after every bg test, however I do rotate the drum (Multiclix) first thing every morning.

    The correct storage of insulin does cause confusion, I did once keep all my insulin in the fridge (even the one I was using), I'm sure I was told this by my diabetes team when first diagnosed and using animal insulins, however once I'd joined this forum it was pointed out to me that insulin that was in use could be kept out of the fridge for 4 weeks,

    These are good threads and pleased you started it Mooshk:)
     
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  11. Mrs Vimes

    Mrs Vimes Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not buying my hypo disgusting oat biscuits cos I know there is Ben and Jerries in the freezer and eating half a tub instead of two/ three mouthfuls. Then wonder how I've gone from 2.4 to15!

    Don't do that anymore though. Oat biscuits taste like coasters so don't over eat after lucozade.


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  12. Mrs Vimes

    Mrs Vimes Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh and rage bolusing because a sugar is not going down quick enough!


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  13. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    I wish I had a £1 for every time I've over-treated a hypo, I rarely do it now but in the early days.............
     
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  14. robert72

    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Those animal insulin hypos were quite severe - I used to down 2 bowls of cereals with sugar if I had one during the night :eek: Now I'm much more calculated and rarely over treat.
     
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  15. spaceman

    spaceman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    well i never leave my insulin in the fridge,because if someone sees it there and there not a insulin taker and find a needle theres a major accident /death in the making, i got myself a small steel safe,took the matt out of the base, in every safe youll find 2 large holes to bolt it down,i turned this safe around until the doors on the top i leave it in a spare bedroom with the window slightly open,it keeps it really cool.
     
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  16. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Yes Robert, looking back they were quite severe.
     
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  17. AndyS

    AndyS Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't do this but have seen plenty that do:

    Leave the pentip screwed into the pen all the time.
     
  18. Alanp35

    Alanp35 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Rules we accidentally break ? If we ignore sound advice based on experience or expert knowledge is this an accident ?
    We each need to manage, as best we can, our own health and honour the support and advice we are given.



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  19. PaulinaB

    PaulinaB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    "rage bolusing" lol :)
     
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  20. Heathenlass

    Heathenlass Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    "Leave the pentip screwed into the pen all the time"

    Ooooh! Guilty! I've always done that , I replace the used pen tip with a fresh one straight away, as I've never been told otherwise.:(

    Why aren't you supposed to ?
     
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