My problem is that when I get up in the morning, sort of on automatic pilot (I am not a morning person), the business of having my Lantus injection is so routine that sometimes I am not sure whether I have had it or not, particularly if I am distracted by some other event (the phone rings, someone comes to the door etc. or I'm simply thinking about something else). I tried a memory pen which records when and how much the injection was, but it was not entirely reliable so I stopped that. Now I'm trying to force myself to concentrate but it doesn't always work. Just interested if anyone else has had the same experience (or am I just going gaga?). Tying a knot in a hanky or something similar wouldn't work because I wouldn't always remember to do that consistently either!
If you have a smart phone just set up a reminder...
Good idea but I still have the problem of lack of concentration and distractions. I'm working on it. I know it sounds stupid.
The reminder will nag, nag, nag, you until you address it. There are also a few meters on the market that have reminders. I never had a problem because the thought of missing my basal insulin was overwhelming and the outcome was also a disaster.
My Aviva meter has a reminder. I set it once accidentally and had to take the battery out to get it to stop.
I know some pumpers who keep a calendar and mark when they changed a set ot a sensor. Just put one where you usually take your insulin and checkmark it when you take it.
Just curious: have you ever really forgotten it? Lot JohnG says, you should see some disasterous results.
I use my reminder on my blackberry for everything! If not, I will forget to do everything, lol...
Riva Greenberg posted a blog about a product she tried out that is a timer that tells you when your last injection was. You can read about her review of the Timesulin smart cap. You can order it on-line. It was supposed to be available in the US this summer, but appears delayed. Fortunately for you, it is available in Europe.
If you get it, let us know how it works?
I don't know whether you take your Lantus from a pen or syringe but if you use a disposable pen then the Timesulin may help. It is a cap that you put on the pen (instead of the cap it comes with) that shows you how long it was since your last injection. Here is the link to there site. http://timesulin.com/ Hope this helps.
That looks really neat. Too bad it's only available in the UK.
I'm on the pump now, but back when I was doing injections I sometimes used to wonder whether I had had the injection. It might help if you kept a logbook and only write down the injection amount after you've taken it. If you get in the habit of doing this it will become automatic.
Thanks to everyone for their useful suggestions. The pen I use for the Lantus is one from Lilly. I will look on the Internet for the cap: it sounds useful. I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem
Do you also take Lantus at night? If so, you may find it useful to do what I do with insulin syringe. I mark an arrow on the cap with a permanent marker, and when I take my injection in the morning I line up the arrow with the numbers on the syringe. When I take my injection at night I line up the arrow with the reverse side (no numbers). I also record my injections in my BG meter. Between the two I can reconstruct when I last took my long-acting insulin. Short acting insulin is harder, since I take it on demand due to BG and food. But I record those in my BG meter as well and that's almost always sufficient.
That sounds like a good idea. I divide the Lantus: 9 units in the morning and 4 units in the evening. If I set the pen each time for the next injection, if you see what I mean, I could see then whether I had had it when that time comes (simple, why didn't I think of that). I also record the insulin and carbohydrate in the meter (Onetouch Ultrasmart) but it's the short period between doing that and having the injection which can throw me if I'm distracted by something. The short acting is no problem as I always inject after the blood test and when the meal is on the table when I know how much carbohydrate is involved. Just out of interest, which meter do you use. At some point I will have to change as my meter is no longer being produced.