For diabetics on insulin via pens and syringes on fixed or sliding scale...
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I usually have the blood drawn 2 or 3 days before my 90 day doctor appointment. That way the results are available by the time I go in for the appointment. They are then posted online where I can view them at leisure.
At my clinic I get a note to check my on-line information, so it's usually only a couple of days. I also get a note from the my Diabetes Support Team but snail-mail takes a little longer.
Were I you and I thought things were moving too slowly I'd have a chat with your medical folks. I view managing my diabetes as my job, and I am The Boss. In that role my success depends on using all of the resources available to me, which includes my medical support team. I expect them to call me on my failings (although I have very few of those), and I in turn will point out theirs.
Hope that helps - Guy
About how long should it take for me to get my Hemoglobin A1c results?
Ahh. I always do that anyway.
I seem to remember that the instruction sheet included with my needles, or insulin, or something says always to squirt a little out of the needle into the air while watching, before you actually inject, to make sure that the system isn't leaking somewhere. I do that because I'm the type who almost always follows instructions, unless I feel that I have a good reason not to.
They also suggest doing that because the needle might be clogged, but this looks to me like less of a problem: It once happened to me, and the back pressure is so enormous that it's impossible to push the plunger, so there's no danger that you won't notice.
What does "priming the needle" mean?
Priming the needle is simply pushing out any air in the needle with insulin. If you fail to prime the needle, syringe or pen, you may not get a proper accurate dose.
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re: Bruising... I thought I was bruising due to being on warfarin.. which I think I was, they were darker bruises and they only happened when my inr went up it seemed. But now that I'm off it for 2 weeks currently I am still bruising. My inr nurse said to put pressure on the site you inject in that will stop bruising.. I think I will start doing that.
I use the bd very fine needles and I think this may help too. But sometimes I have pain and sometimes I don't, if I prime the needle I seem to have more due to insulin burning me. I have had larger bruises with large needles on syringes from insulin and lovenox.
hello Jing Jing,
yes I have heard of it and I may try it eventually, but I would have to switch insulins to do it they say since the novolog pen refills don't fit pendiq... I think maybe I could inject it into another cartridge maybe though. If you live in the us though, you have to have it shipped to somone in the UK or Europe and have them ship it to you... they won't ship it here yet. It would certainly make treating yourself more similar to a pump since you can do very small adjustments when needed. I am currently using the novopen junior which has .5 doses, have you tried that?
Anyone here ever hear of the Pendiq insulin pen - I think it's German? This pen can dose in 0.1U increments although the minimum dose is 0.5U. I could really use this pen but it is not available here in the USA - how typical!!!!
I could also use the Novopen Echo but it also is not available here.
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