hello again! i am having some problems here with exercising. it seems that if i take my regular dose (1 unit for about 25-30 grams carb, depending on what my brave little pancreas can do on the day), wait four hours till there is no iob and then exercise, i am plummeting. went down to 40 yesterday during a run after like 25 minutes. i started out at 110. i think part of the problem is that my pancreas is still working in fits and starts so im thinking there is no iob but maybe im wrong?
i know i could eat more but im going to the doc on fri for a scrip and thought maybe she could give me syringes and i could measure out just what i need from the pen, like half a unit if im going to exercise instead of a full one. i mean, we stick needle after needle in there...would there be any difference sticking one in and drawing some insulin out with a syringe? has anyone ever done this with the orange novorapid pens?
if the only answer is eat more, what are some things you people eat before physical activity? i had planned for a nice hour run. maybe a couple of squares of dark chocolate? its got some fat, 7 grams of carbs, so should keep me goin?
Not exactly, I use that pen too.
It' is "certified" from 1U and up (1 - 1.5 - 2 ..)
If you dose 0.5 only it could be 0.3 as well as 0.8 ... And that pen is low pressure too, so your chance to miss tha 0,5 is high.
I used syringes to draw insulin out of a pen, the only drawback is that you have to remember to put out air the next time you use the pen, before dosing your bolus.
If you need precision, you could dilute insulin in the syringe using dilution for injections (not saline liquid).
You draw 2 units of insulin and 8 of solution and each unit you take has 1/5 of unit of insulin.
Just dilute few hours before use, not too much before (for stability and infection risk issues). Diluted insulin seems to act a little faster and fade away faster, but it's ok.
Yes, I edited my post and corrected it a few minutes after I posted.
Depending on what insulin you are using there are pens that deliver half units. Novo Nordisk has them - ask for the kids pens. Novopen echo is what we have used, it also has a memory feature which is useful as it records the last dose delivered and how long ago it was delivered.