Cold insulin.. An idea to try.

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/28/2006 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I take my insulin once a day in the evening. At my class I was instructed to warm the insulin by rolling the vial in my palms for a few minutes... I don't know about you but this seemed almost useless! Last night, quite by accident I was delayed by a phone call after I had already drawn up my insulin. I left the syringe on the counter while I took the call. When I got back to it and did the injection there was a lot less stinging. I think the insulin had warmed up to room temp (I talk a lot!) while I was on the phone because there was such a small quantity in the syringe. So now I'm going to try to draw my meds after I finish the dishes and then it should be warm by the time I need to do the shot.

Anybody else want to try this?
~ Jeannie

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Warren
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   Posted 1/28/2006 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jeannie,

I used to use Lantus and now as you know I use Byetta in a pen.  Both had the problem that if you injected it cold, wow it could sting.  Soooooo, what I do is put either the syringe filled with insulin or my Byetta pen under my armpit for several minutes. This is one of the warmest parts on your body and it will warm that syringe or even the whole insulin bottle fairly quickly.  Hope this helps.

scool Warren
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What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/28/2006 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Eeuwwwwww! Warren keeps his insulin in his armpits! Isn't that where boy cooties come from? tongue
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


"Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change."


devine007
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   Posted 1/31/2006 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I keep my open vials of insulin at room temperature all the time. I only keep my unopened ones in the fridge. The ones I keep at room temp are still good for a month. Cold insulin definitely hurts more!

Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/31/2006 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Devine,
I know that they told me I could keep my insulin at room temp, but without insurance I'm using my entire vial so I have to keep it in the fridge. I can't afford to throw it away after a month. My doctor told me to keep it refrigerated and just be sure to check my numbers every morning to be sure it's still active. So far it's working.
~ Jeannie

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- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Pin Cushion
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   Posted 1/31/2006 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I put my syringe over my ear will I am cooking, or waiting for dinner.
I get some interesting looks when I go into resturants.
But not near as many as I get from the little rubber chicken that has about 20 used syringes sticking in it that is on my dashboard. And with all the times I have been pulled over ( I have seat belt release, so I dont have to wear one, gets me stopped all the time ) only one time have has a cop asked me about it. I tell them it is my voodoo chicken, I am trying to make dibeties go away.
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devine007
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   Posted 2/1/2006 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, I actually use my whole vial too. I've only maybe once in 24 years had to throw one out after a month. They usually last me 1 1/2 to 2 months, they just tell you it's no good after 1, but i've basically never had a problem. HTH Robyn

Warren
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   Posted 2/2/2006 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Wants a voodoo chicken in the worst way!!!

scool Warren
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

I can only please one person per day, today is not your day...tomorrow doesn't look good either.


Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/2/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
AL,
ROFLMAO!!! Don't know which is funnier, the chicken or the syringe over the ear! I'm dying here!

Robyn,

What's HTH? And thanks for the head's up on the insulin storage.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Claire-Bear
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   Posted 2/3/2006 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL, I may get myself a voodoo chicken too!  tongue

devine007
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   Posted 2/3/2006 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, HTH means hope this helps.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/4/2006 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Devine, Merci bien!
Warren, I've been using your armpit idea and it works like a charm! Merci bien, aussi!
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/20/2006 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Gotta bump this up for the newer members! Every evening when I place my insulin syringe under my arm I think of Warren... and the visual of AL's needle chicken is a light note in my busy day. :-)
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


jtu91952
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   Posted 3/26/2006 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I learned early to warm my insuling before a shot. Once i took a cold chot and it hurt for hours. I usually draw the insulin in the syringe and wait awhile before shooting.

I do have insurance but i hate to waste my insulin so i too use the whole bottle. I've never had to throw out a bottle.

iroseland
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   Posted 3/30/2006 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL

the Chicken is good. I have a big door pocket on the drivers side. I know whats in there so I never just put my hand in as there are between 30 and 100 psent syringes in that pocket some capped some not. It is very much a mess with at your own risk situation. I got pulled over on the highway for a broken tail light once. The office asked if he searched would he find anything. I said go ahead but be very carfull of the drivers side pocket as it was loaded with spent syringes. Then I had to explain that I was not a junkie. My first response was "how many junkies are 20 lbs overweight?" Apparently he had busted a real junkie a few days earlier that was even more overweight 8^P, all I could do was laugh.

Cold insulin sucks. When I was on Humalin R and L I worked out a age of bottle = slightly bigger shot curve that worked pretty well. I had noticed that as the bottle aged ( mostly in a pocket ) that I needed more to get the same results. After some testing I had it all worked out. For a while though my doseages were very very very small. 3/4 am 3/2 pm I had bells palsy at the time and my weight had fallen off a cliff leaving me at the bottem of the normal weight range. I was pretty amazed by the low doesages. Also I found myself putting them in the fridge as the bottles were lasting closer to 80 days. I think I peaked at 100 days but my doseages were even smaller. I dont think pocket carrying would have been helpful then. Of course doing shots totalling 3 or 4 units made the fact that the insulin was cold alot less noticeable.


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