I've had something like that happen to me b/f but it was my frige that decided to turn into my freezer and froze everything in it. OK I wouldn't use my insulin after it was frozen I know what ur talking about with the insurance thingy but would it really hurt to call them and ask them? LOL! That's what I'd do
Hi silver. I'm pretty sure that both frozen and overheated insulin is useless. Sometimes doctors keep samples of insulin, maybe you could get a sample, even if it's a vial, to tide you over.
As a side note, I keep my insulin vials and pens in one of my two vegetable bins at the bottom of my fridge. With the freezer on the top of my fridge, I'm unlikely to make that mistake. (I need every safeguard I can think of to prevent mistakes, like mixing up Apidra and Levemir.)
I had my insulin frozen while on a cruise last year. It was not frozen solid, but the package it was in was frozen. I found my Humalog was almost completely degraded. At dosages up to 5 times normal levels it still did a poor job of lowering my blood sugar. I had to just swallow the loss and thrown the pens out.
If worst comes to worst, Regular vials at Walmart are less expensive. That is, if worst comes to worst. It isn't Humalog, but it will keep you alive with some adjustments in timing. For instance, take it about a half hour before a meal, try not to eat anything that will spike. Good luck!
Yes I'd definately call Monday and speak to your insurance directly. Maybe if u do have to eat the costs...vials are a bit cheaper than pens, that might be something to consider, but I would definately not advising using insulin that has been frozen..extreme temperatures really cause insulin to degrade. Good luck, hope it all works out. As others have suggested Regular is considerably cheaper, and with some adjustment, might tied you over until your insurance will pay for your Humalog again.
Sounds like you have everything taken care of now. If it is still working it probably didn't freeze.
Personally I'm one of the cheaper people on earth, and I don't have insurance. I always have an extra vial of something that can get me through my occasional disasters. A thousand units of R is about $65 at my pharmacy.
Anyway, even if it's a short story, it's nice when it has a happy ending.