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Re: [IPk] Pen bolussing



I have a related question - I once had to change a cartridge just before a
meal and it was taking me hours so I asked my Disetronic rep if I could have
a shot of humalog via syringe  (the same number of units) and carry on with
resetting the pump after my meal. She said this was not a good idea as
having 6 units from the pump was not the same as having 6 units via
injection. I find this hard to believe, is there any reason why we shouldn't
bolus with a syringe if it happens to be more convenient? I ended up eating
an hour after everyone else!!

Zok

----- Original Message
From: "Elizabeth OShea" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 4:16 PM
Subject: RE: [IPk] Pen bolussing


> >With the pen bolus I checked my Bg after one and then two hours and it
> hadn't moved my Bg an inch!
>
> hi Liz -
>
> First, you should eject a few units from your pen into the air before
using
> it. I've found that there's slippage between the plunger and the insulin
> vial on my pen because it isn't used for months on end. And you should
also
> use a fresh needle top, because if you leave one on for a while it might
get
> clogged. When I used a pen regularly I always left a needle on it (because
I
> reused them a few times). Now I never have a needle on it.
>
> Another thing is to make sure the insulin in the pen is in date. The
> insulins usually last a good while after their expiry date if they're
stored
> properly, but they must become ineffective sometime!
>
> For all the reasons outlined above, I no longer rely on a pen for backup.
> Instead, I always have my current vial of humalog with me (which I use in
my
> pump, and I need with me in case I have to fill a reservoir) and a
syringe.
> That way there's no chance of out of date insulin/blocked needles/no
plunger
> contact.
>
> elizabeth
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