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Sharp Objects

Posted by Sue on July 21, 2008 in Life, Self-exploration |

I normally try to avoid sharp objects in my life. I have always been a bit of a wuss when it comes to pain and I don't like to put myself in a position to have to have it.

Unfortunately, I've gone and done just that.

I started a new injectible medication for my diabetes on Friday. No, it isn't insulin. It is a new med that is supposed to help my other medications work better. So far, the injection itself hasn't been horrible. It uses a really fine needle like an insulin needle, and it seems to go in without a hitch. My trouble is, the medication is working too well. Now I'm having low blood sugar attacks, as well as the nausea they warned me may be a side effect of the medication at first.

It's been a fun weekend.

Besides giving myself the shots twice a day, I've been having to take my blood sugar readings several times a day to see how it is working. That's the part I hate. Pricking your fingers. I'm running out of fingers! Some blood sugar meters (as well as mine) say you can take blood from your arm, too, but the nurse told me it isn't as "fresh" of blood from your arm as it is from your finger, so you really should take from the finger. Ugh.

Now I'm having to drop some of my oral medication to try and keep from getting the low blood sugar. It is nice to think of taking less medication – and less expensive. But it is at this time still a juggling act trying to figure out exactly what and how much. I'm only on the half-dose of the injectible for the first 30 days, too! Who knows what happens when I up it again. Oh, yeah, I know. The nurse told me. I'll probably go through this stupid transition phase all over again. Fun times, I tell ya!

So… that's what I've been doing. How about you?

8 Comments

  • Michael says:

    I am shuddering at the thought of needles.

  • mr_g says:

    You’ll get it with time, I’m sure. Have you tired those insulin pumps? I’ve heard great things from friends who have used them.

  • Lisa says:

    I’m sorry. Here’s to hoping it all settles out soon!

  • Nat says:

    Sounds awful. God medicine issues are the worst. I went off my allergy meds because they turned me into a psychobitch.. this well… just make sure you don’t end up in a coma ok?

    Us — it’s summer. We work, we play, we swim. All in all we try to have a good time.

  • I am waiting for them to come out with some kind of thing that doesn’t take two steps to check blood sugar. I want one unit that takes the blood and checks the sugar level. I hate having to prick my finger, squeeze out the blood onto a stupid little over-priced strip and stick it into another piece of equipment.

    I hope it all gets straightened out!

  • Al says:

    I’ve been diabetic for ten years, and have managed to keep from going over to injectables so far, but it takes a little more control and a little more medication all the time.
    Now that I am back on a normal schedule, this looks to be the summer of yard work.

  • Jan says:

    I’m sorry you are having to go through all that..maybe, soon you’ll adjust to it, and it won’t be so bad.

    I have friends who are diabetic, and I know how frustrating it can be.

    What am I doing? Still unpacking stuff from the move, and finding things from several moves ago, still packed. Some of it, I had completely forgotten, so it was fun finding it, again. 🙂

  • Becky says:

    How frustrating — I hope you’re feeling better soon 🙂

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