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Lantus question!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Jul 17, 2014. 9 Replies

Greetings all, this is my go to place for all diabetic questions. I just experienced a feeling of horror when I found a box of Lantus pens still in the brown paper cvs bag and not refrigerated. From…Continue

Tags: temperature, storage, insulin, lantus

How Do You Deal With This??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jackie Oct 5, 2012. 8 Replies

I have a question for anyone who’d like to answer…I know I can’t be the only person with this issue, as I’ve had diabetes for a little over four years and have read here about people who have had it…Continue

Expired Test Strips

Started this discussion. Last reply by KCCO Apr 4, 2012. 3 Replies

I normally rotate all of my supplies. However, I just came across a few boxes of test strips that expired in early 2012... 1 box (100) expired in January, and 3 boxes (50) expired in February. They…Continue


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Hakima replied to Zoe's discussion 'Lows....Running the Train!'
"I used to keep glucose tabs with me also... but for some reason they became hard to get down when it was time. I can't explain it and don't know why... More than one I was so low they came right back up... one of my extremely low symptoms.…"
Dec 17, 2014
Hakima replied to Zoe's discussion 'Lows....Running the Train!'
"Wow I don't know how I missed this topic when it started. I love reading the responses & have been through the same myself, more than a few times. And when low bg effects you, of course your brain isn't functioning right so it makes it…"
Dec 15, 2014
Hakima posted a status
"Low Bg issues.... cannot fall asleep tonight... 4 hours to sunrise. #diabetes #lowbgSUX"
Dec 15, 2014
Hakima replied to Crystal's discussion 'Medical ID Bracelets (or other jewellery)'
"I wear an ID bracelet that has "Diabetic". Thinking about getting a new one & adding "hypoglycemic"."
Nov 12, 2014
Hakima replied to bagpipegirl's discussion 'Lows at night'
"The last time I had a terrible overnight low, I looked back over clues, in my room. I had picked up my cell phone, paid my car insurance (!) and called the first person on my recent call log. I also had a very detailed, disturbing dream. I woke up…"
Nov 12, 2014
Hakima posted a status
"Up checking bg."
Nov 12, 2014
Dave replied to Hakima's discussion 'Lantus question!'
"Or increase the dose if it is working but attenuated. If its not degraded too much, this may be a way to get something out of it. If it's little or no cost to you, though, because insurance is covering your regular needs month to month,…"
Jul 17, 2014
Hakima replied to Hakima's discussion 'Lantus question!'
"I understand... I just couldn't bear to throw it away. So far it seems to be working ok, my fasting numbers have been pretty much the same."
Jul 17, 2014
meee replied to Hakima's discussion 'Lantus question!'
"I think it will probably be ok, the only way to know is to try it and see, just test yourself and keep an eye on things. I'm using insulin that was too cooled but not completely frozen and it is fine. It was just too much to throw out. I think…"
Jul 11, 2014
2hobbit1 replied to Hakima's discussion 'Lantus question!'
"If you get a feel for how well it is working compared to what it should be doing, then you could slowly up your dose to compensate for degradation if it happens. The important thing to be very sure of is that you record what your "before"…"
Jul 11, 2014
Hakima replied to Hakima's discussion 'Lantus question!'
"Thanx for the replies Brian & 2hobbit1... I took a shot this morning & so far so good. I'm still upset that this happened at all but, I'm hoping it works out ok."
Jul 11, 2014
2hobbit1 replied to Hakima's discussion 'Lantus question!'
"Sterility will not be effected so using it is still safe. What may happen is it will degrade faster and when you use it you may/will start to notice that as it goes off your numbers will creep up. The only way to know for sure if it has degraded is…"
Jul 11, 2014
Brian (bsc) replied to Hakima's discussion 'Lantus question!'
"I hate to tell you this but Lantus is pretty fragile. The information from the manufacturer suggests that you can store Lantus unopened at room temperature for 28 days and then it should be discarded. I believe the correct interpretation of the…"
Jul 11, 2014
Hakima replied to Hakima's discussion 'Lantus question!'
"Thanx for the reply! I wouldn't say extreme temps because even though it's summer, it was in a dark area. Definitely not in a car or direct sunlight. I've been looking it up all evening & have found similar info."
Jul 10, 2014
Sam replied to Hakima's discussion 'Lantus question!'
"What temperatures was it subjected to in the paper bag? I would say if it never exceeded room temperature of 75 degrees or so it should be ok but if it reached excessive temperatures, like inside a car or in direct sunlight I wouldn't risk…"
Jul 10, 2014
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Lantus question!

Greetings all, this is my go to place for all diabetic questions. I just experienced a feeling of horror when I found a box of Lantus pens still in the brown paper cvs bag and not refrigerated. From the date it appears that it was picked up about 3 weeks ago.I did ask a few people & got different responses... But my question is, can I still use it? I would hate not to, and if I can, my first shot would be in the morning.Any information would be appreciated.See More
Jul 10, 2014

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August 20, 2008
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Practicing tight bg control... 24-7-365. DIABETES SUX and it's beating me up daily... but I'm fighting.

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DBlog Week 2014 / Day 3: What Brings Me Down

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 12:45am 2 Comments

DBlog Week / Day 3: What Brings Me Down

What brings me down... literally... was waking up on the floor six months ago and wondering how I got there. Well, once I got myself together, I figured out how I got there.

I absolutely hate lows the most. They take so much out of me physically. I miss so much, because I'm so physically wiped from them. The result of a bad low bg episode is a terrible migraine, freezing cold, feeling like I've been hit by a truck or thrown from a… Continue

DBlog Week 2014 - Change The World

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 10:23pm 5 Comments

"Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my… Continue

My 4yr Anniversary!

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

I have been doing a lot of thinking about my life... this is my 4year anniversary with diabetes.

It's kind of hard not to think of the bad times that this has caused.

I think of just in the last few months, how much I've missed.

For instance... in May, I was so looking forward to Topless Jeep Day. Not a real big deal, but I was supposed to take the top off my Wrangler, ride around, and take some pics. But because of low blood sugar (low bg), I spent the day... and the…


HAPPY 4TH OF JULY - Let's Be Wasteful!

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Last night, after power was restored, I spent the remainder of the evening getting upset. I walked through my house & turned off lights that were left on, & anything electric that wasn't being used. The power had only been restored for not even an hour & it was already being misused & wasted.

I sat outside on my deck in the dark, under the moonlight, which was the only light available for a few days. How easy it is to go back to the same habits as before.



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Glad to have you! This is really an exciting place to be!!!
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Thanks everyone for welcoming me! I'm excited to be a part of this community!
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