Hormones? shrugs I’ve read many women say that affects their numbers. I dunno! I was already a good bit into the menopause thing when I was diagnosed, and am now just about in “full” menopause (Full = 1 year with no cycle. I’m on month 10 with no cycle. YaY!) I’ve never noticed any issues directly related to that, though. And, as Cody said, we are all different, and our bodies all react differently to things! No matter, the body does exactly as it chooses to do, at any given time! Frustrating? Definitely!
I don’t take Lantus (uninsured, can’t afford the stuff), I take Novolin NPH and Novolin R, and give my shots either in my tummy or my thigh, even, on occasion, in my arm. I use my tummy the most though. So far, I’ve had no issues with absorption, thankfully.
As for keeping things separate, I think it goes: that as long as no two shots are closer than two inches of each other, you’re good? Please, somebody correct me if I’m wrong, on that!!
I usually work in a circle, or sorts, around my belly button. I take two shots of NPH daily (am/pm) and R as needed, and average anywhere from 2 to 5 shots a day. (If I eat really low carb, or my body is having some sort of “freak” day, I won’t have to take any R). So I just work them all around my belly, making sure not to be within two inches of the last shot. Luckily, if I need to take NPH and R at the same time, I can mix that in the same syringe. With Lantus, that’s not an option, I know.
My dad used to take Lantus, but he’s on Medicare, and he went into that “gap” deal, so now he takes NPH, like me. But, when he was taking the Lantus, he gave his Lantus shots in his thigh, and his fast acting in his butt, most of the time. Well, he had Mom give him the shot in the butt! I think he just wanted her to look at his butt! giggles Sometimes he’d take them in his tummy, and he even once had me give it to him in his arm. I dunno why he didn’t just give it to himself in his tummy that day?
But yea, Diabetes definitely isn’t a thing you will ever have EXACT results with every time or every day! Frustrating, indeed! But, it’s the way it is! We gotta deal! ;0)