I take more than one insulin aswell, Lantus & Humolog. I was told by my diabetes educater that its ok to mix them. idk if its different depending on the type of insulin though..
Unfortunately, if your read the tiny print instructions with Lantus, you will see that it is NOT to be mixed with short term insulin as USED to be ok way back when Ultralente was used as a long term insulin. So what THAT piece of information you got from your CDE diabetes educator must indicate they are very OLD, trained a long time ago, and are they even diabetic themselves? Have they read the instructions?
Read column 2 on the instructions in section="Warnings and Precautions" and see the BOLD type in the 6th warning that says "LANTUS must not be mixed with any other insulin or diluted with any other solution because it might not work as intended."
I typed the above from my copy from the vial I am currently using. I knew of this when I switched to it in 2005 from using Ultralente that used to be the type of insulin with cloudiness provided by zinc to slow down absorption.
LANTUS is a different type of insulin, so you should not listen just to a person who may not even have read the boxed instructions and may have been going on training from years ago especially if the person is not diabetic themselves and hence may not stay as up to date as they should even if they are a medically trained person. We all know that there is so much information in medicine that it is not surprising.
This is a serious point for you to discuss with the manufacturers if you have been doing it for many years as maybe you are needing a lot more insulin because of it and may not have even discussed it with anyone because you had been told by a CDE and felt they were right.
I suggest if you are going to now be taking them with separate syringes, you have to be very aware and prepared to notice both types of insulin might end up being more powerful when separated so do NOT do it before you go to sleep. Do it while awake enough to notice how much more powerful the two types are when taken separately.
How many years have you been doing it this way...possibly since Feb 2010 when diagnosed? You MUST report that CDE to the higher up people to have her put correct before the person misleads more patients. It is an understandable mistake and yet it needs absolute correction. That's why I ask you to speak to the manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis to ask for more info as to what it may have meant for you since you started and how to adjust insulin carefully as you now take them separately.
Lately I use syringes. One per injection of Apidra.
I also use Levemir Kwik Pen - I use one needle each time for that too.
While many of you don't seem to have problems with reusing needles, I am afraid I will be the one who DOES get an infection.
They are cheap enough to toss them when used only once. I use teh Rely-On brand (generic stuff).
Needles aren't quite as sharp as the BD brand, but they get the job done as long as I stick it in quick.
Slow makes it smart a little.