"I use BD Lo-Dose syringes that holds 50 unit thought I would be unable to inject small amounts, but haven't had a problem. My sensitivity is 1 to 65. I rarely use a syringe unless things are really wacky, so I am trying to lower my blood…"
"I use BD Ultra-Fine , 3/10 cc for 30 units or less, 1/2 units or less , 8 mm length needle , 31 gauge . I carry one with my meter , strips, batteries etc. ...just in case .When I decide to inject , I often would require more than 1/2 u ...and have…"
"You can readily get 3/10 cc syringes with half unit markings. You can't inject a single 1/2 unit dose, but you can select a dose from 1-30 units in half unit increments. The Relion brand at Walmart has these syringes and they are quite…"
I've been wondering how to follow the advice of injecting insulin when bgs are high instead of delivering it through the infusion site. I have a sensitive so a low ratio and don't have a syringe that can deliver just 1 or2 units with accuracy. An syringes that do?
"i have been D for 25+ yrs. went into the hospital 4 DKA more than several times. however, it is much safer for Ur body 2B high 4 a short period of time, than it is 2B low. being low, at least 4 myself, is deadly. i go down sometimes into the 20s or…"
"Just a quick suggestion: There are some seriously useful no-cal products to replace electrolytes and sodium. I always keep a couple of bottles of Life Water in the fridge just for that reason.It is helpful if you are ill and food is not being…"
"So I found all this information after I got out of the hospital yesterday. How ironic. It's interesting how little applicable wisdom the dr can really give. I would publish this page as a hand out to all my patients. I had no idea I was low and…"
"I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. Low sodium (hyponatremia) is very serious. It is a complication of DKA, our bodies flushes out the toxins and things like sodium and potassium are also lost. Although we are told to drink water, we also…"
"Thank you so much for all the to the point info. I just got out of the hospital today, not for dka but extreme low sodium from too much water. Talk about a learning curve. I haven't figured out the iPad site yet but am getting there. Carolyne"
"As soon as the insulin gets to you blood your body will stop breaking down fat. Ketones are just the byproduct of breaking down fat for energy. When the acidity from ketones goes too high, you are in whats calle diabetic ketosis or ketoacidocis. It…"
"Sorry to hear. Been there. 2 very important things to avoid are dehydration and loss of electrolytes.
Second Brunetta's advice. Unfortunately, it takes more insulin to rid your body of high ketones. I would inject small amounts about 2-3 units…"
"Sometimes, unfortunately for me, the only way to get rid of ketones like that is to consume some carbs, which sucks. If you can drink it (like juice or gatorade), it might be a bit easier, since it's a smaller volume.
Hope you feel better soon!"
"Correct high blood sugars with a pen or syringe. I always use a syringe to inject when I am 250+ for over an hour. Do not "stack" your insulin. It may take 3-5 hours to get back in range. drink plenty of water:keep hydrated and test every…"
I chained my infusion site for medtronic pump, and insulin, and came down from 375 to 225 in about an hour. I was talking to my doc when I tested the 225 result. But I'm not continuing to come down with two more doses about an hour apart. High ketones. I feel much better. Had trouble breathing, vomited, can now drink and keep fluids down. Haven't eaten since this a.m. Any advice on the next step? Am I getting rid of ketones even though my bg isn't coming down? Thanks so much for being here…See More
I know the feeling of confusion with the meter numbers. When I got mine the nurse showed me how to do it but forgot to tell me what to do with it. Being a nerd, I tested and tested and documented the numbers, made line graphs and looked for trends. What I didn't do was adjust my diet very much. I always thought it was backwards - I test, eat, test, then say, "Crap, I shouldn't have eaten that or so much of that". I then waited and did it again. Once I got into an eating routine where I had exactly the same thing for breakfast, then tested, then changed one thing the next day, then tried to come up with what made me spike and what didn't. I started to eliminate foods. I discovered that it was mostly complex carbs that gave me the spike. True, some fruits have a big affect, but mostly starches. I then cut out starches and saw my overall numbers lowered. I then discovered Dr. B's book and read it in about two days (I started with his second beek, Dibetes Diet). That just confirmed what I had discovered, so I bought his second book and read it.
I was at a point that I was inquiring about insulin that many type 2 people find stability with a basal and some with bolus. What worried me was that I didn't want to gain back any of the 30+ lbs I had shed and what I read is that it can happen when you take insulin since you are now using or storing energy more effectively. I still have it in the back of my mind (as well as confirmed by my Endo) that I will be on insulin someday, but I want to hold off and run my beta cells to the end.
I have tried some other social networks (dLife, ADA, Facebook) but I find this one absolutely the best. It is well focused and supportive. I like that it is run by the members. I tried to blog before but here I feel like I actually have something to say and that people listen.
Beat the heat! todd.
Hello! I am at work but wanted you to know I work in Olympia (live in Centralia) and would more than happy to discuss this with you. I will take the time later to read your site. Take care for now. Dean
Welcome Carolyne, Yes I am from Olympia. Type II myself and a follower of Dr. Bernstein, not to the T but pretty close. Over the last few months of knocking out especially the complex carbs (bread, pasta, rice) I have dropped an additional 5+ lbs and more importantly stablized my BG. Sorry you are having trouble narrowing down your type and having problems with the Dr. & hospital, but it sounds like you are doing something about it.
Hi Carolyne - just read your story about your stay in the hospital - it was really well written - I almost felt like I was in your shoes reading it. I've been a diabetic a long time - it's sort of part of me - but the advise you will get from many of the gang here is AWESOME. Even I am learning new things after many years. I'm just reading Linda's comment below about writing with pen and ink! LOL - I'm the same way - sad to say that with the way the world is now - receiving things via post/handwritten/nice paper is not the way of the world - but when it comes to Tudiabetes - this way of communicating to not feel so alone - vonderbar is all I can say. So, have a great day!
Hey Carolyne! I know where you're coming from....2 years ago, computers were another world for me. I'm not and never was a techno person. I'm the one who will go the extra mile and write a letter using a "real" pen, with india ink...searching for a lovely rice paper to send out a letter in elaborate calligraphy!! Then came tu.diabetes!!!
This is such a great site...so much info....so many nice people....stick around!...Take care, linda!
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