Does everyone taking insulin injections

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Applewood Acres
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   Posted 4/21/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
have to take them in the stomach area?  sad

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/21/2007 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Apple,
I give my injections to myself along the sides of my hips and in the 'fat pads' on the tops of my buttocks. I am obese so it's easy for me to find a fat area to inject. I've found that my hips have less nerve endings. In my class the nurse told us we can inject along the ouside seams of our blue jeans very safely, too. Hope this helps.
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Warren
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   Posted 4/21/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Apple,

I use the four quadrant method.  I start with a thigh (I don't use the hips) move up to that side of the belly, across to the opposite side of the belly and then down to the other thigh.  Once for each injection.  My thighs are EXTREMELY lean yet I can still find enough skin to pinch up that it doesn't hurt to do the injection!  I find that the best way to do the injection is to rest the needle on the part you want to inject.  Put a tiny bit of pressure on it.  If it "pricks" or is what I call an "ouchie" spot, move the needle until you find a spot that isn't.  When you find a spot that isn't sensitive and you can't really feel the "prick"  put a little more gentle pressure on the needle and it will slip right in without any pain!  Voila, a pain free injection every time!!  Also, consider using short needles that are 28 or 30 gage.  They also make taking the injections that much easier!!

scool Warren

leolucy
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   Posted 4/23/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
hello All,
My Husband has been taking insulin injections for about a year now. He was told to use his belly area, So has been alternating left and right sides. Recently, the injection sites on the right side have not been healing up. Any ideas as to why this would occur.

Phishbowl
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   Posted 4/23/2007 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Apple....I'm a Type1 and use my stomach area for my NovoRapid (with meals), as it is the area with the quickest absorbtion rate - unless you hit muscle :-) I inject there 3-5 times/day so I alternate sides each time.

I use my hips/butt area and sometimes my thighs to inject my Levemir; alternating sides for the twice/day injection. Some folks also use the back/side of the upper arm, too - I just can't handle the single-handedness required to inject in that area :-)

Hi, leolucy.....hubby may want to try some of the alternate spots suggested and leave the right side stomach alone for a while. Sometimes the area just needs a break. Could also be something like clothes rubbing the same spot (think belt buckle), or a particular posture, especially if he sits a lot/has desk job.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


Shel
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   Posted 4/24/2007 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all..would like to comment that when my husband and I saw an educational video regarding injection sites, the recommended using the four quadrant method as most effective as explanined by Warren in an earlier post. The reason for that the video says is so that later on after many, many injections, the skin starts to discolor and have a brusing effect if you use the same injection site for a long period of time. It looks really bad. Also I read on someone's post that you could give yourself injections through the outside seams of your jeans. I know the nurse mentioned that people do that but it's not recommended at all. The reason being that our clothes touch everything and to risk placing your injection through jeans could cause a major infection.
Take care everyone...
*Hugs, Thoughts, and Prayers*
   *Shel in New Mexico, USA*
 


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/26/2007 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Shel,
I didnt' make myself clear... I was taught that we could inject on the bare leg where the outside seam of the jeans would be. The jeans seam was used as a reference point on the leg. Sorry about that.
~ Jeannie
Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!
Yours may be one of them...

"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

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