Hooray for you!!! As for spots to inject, one of my favorites is my side hip where (ahem!) we ladies tend to pack a little baggage. I usually do this in my bathroom where I can see what I'm doing and I'm always sure to look for any bruising caused by recent injections. Don't be alarmed if you sometimes get a drop of blood at the injections site. Just means you crossed a small capillary. Simply hold your hand over it and press for a few seconds. Sometimes the ones that bleed seem to make bruises so just be aware of that and don't inject in the bruised area until it fades away. I have this problem most on my tummy when I inject there.
As far as dosage, my doc started me on 6 units and then told me to increase by one or two units until my morning sugars were under 120. I'm now injecting 15 units regularly and if I've had a particularly low carb dinner I inject 12 or so. She has given me free rein to regulate my insulin to get my numbers right (within reason). I had to send her not only my numbers as you are doing but my diet sheets for weeks before we got to this area of trust. Your doctor is usually the one who makes the decisions about
dosages based on experience. (I don't know if you could load all the info into a computer that would predict dosages...
) The doc knows your dietary habits, exercise levels, what you go for when you lose it (for me it's Belgian chocolate!) as well as how well your other meds are working. 10 units is a very low beginning dosage and so don't be surprized if you need to raise it a bit over time until the numbers get right.
We are so lucky that we have the technology we have! I remember when I was a small girl. The only way my grandmother had to test was with diagnostix sticks that she put into her urine. By the time the sugar gets into your urine at levels that show up your sugars are a lot out of line. And she didn't have the meds we have now... No wonder she died of a heart attack when she was only 8 yrs older than I am now.... Anyway, great job Steven. Now you're gonna have to see if you can get AL (Pin Cushion) to sell you one of his needle chickens!
"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
Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 2/8/2006 9:52:14 AM (GMT-7)