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Type 1'stars R Us

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Robinredbreast, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. mountaintom

    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This is 2 hrs after a low carb (20g) breakfast. WTAF is going on today? So frustrating.
     
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  2. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    Ugh, feel your pain, lovely. I’m convinced that the frustration adds a mmol or three all by itself. Is the drop at the end where some insulin kicked in?
     
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  3. mountaintom

    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Yeah I’ve just run up and down the stairs 10 times and walked down the track to get signal to make a phone call (we are remote here) and the insulin is working now. Weird. Sometimes it seems like it needs waking up or something.
     
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  4. mountaintom

    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    Weird, how that works. Glad it’s kicked in now x
     
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  6. mountaintom

    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you think it could be injection sites? Bad absorption?
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Doubt it, you've not been at it long enough. But do keep rotating...
     
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  8. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    You’ve not been diagnosed that long, have you? Bad injection sites take a long time to happen, I understand. It’s probably just the diabetes fairy mucking (or something that rhymes) with you :(
     
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  9. mountaintom

    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    No since January. Okay it’s deffo the fairies then.
     
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    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’d love to have the confidence to do it in my arms.
     
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  11. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Go for it. What are you worried by? Then we can try to help. Upper arms ok for me. I once tried the wrist but it hurt like anything.
     
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  12. mountaintom

    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    In the wrist??! Christ!
    Do you pinch in your upper arm?
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Yeah the wrist was a mistake. Upper arm I just stab as can't work out how I'd punch and plunge.
     
  14. mountaintom

    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh of course! I didn’t think about that. I’m gonna try it today. Might have a look at YouTube tho.
     
  15. LooperCat

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    I inject into my deltoid or calf muscle with a longer needle if I want the NovoSluggish to work a bit quicker. It kicks in in around half an hour, compared to the hour if I inject into my lardy bits.

    Basically a 4mm needle into fat for food, and a 6mm needle into muscle for corrections.
     
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    mountaintom Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    So will it work quicker in my arm?
     
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    Theoretically. It’s a technique I learned from my Bernstein book (caveat - while I think he’s great, he ain’t god, despite what some others say!) - injecting into fat makes it absorb into the bloodstream slower than into muscle. He recommend the deltoid when you want fast corrections. I only use very small doses though, I wouldn’t do it with more that 1.5u. If I needed a big correction dose, I’d put up to 1.5u into a muscle, and the rest into fat.
     
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    Just a warning - the arm, particularly if you are very lean, can be extremely painful for some people. If I get it in the wrong place I can get huge bruises, almost like blood blisters.
     
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    Thinking about it. It’s less convenient unless it’s a hot day
     
  20. Diakat

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    Yes, that's the wrist story.
     
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