I’m traveling to Haiti for a mission trip in a couple of weeks, and as much as it pains me to think about, my back up plan is Lantus. With the weather and the work, I’m as concerned about the pods staying attached as much as a PDM failure.
I see an internist rather than a specialist because I live in a rural community. He’s been fantastic up to this point (have been going there 8 years). And I’m a very healthy, low maintenance patient who goes in quarterly so the nice people at the insurance company will grant my refills on my insulin pump.
So, I called my doctor’s ofc yesterday for a Lantus prescription, and I also asked for dosing guidelines since I haven’t been on Lantus for almost 10 years. What I received from the nurse was an initial dosing recommendation that I know would KILL me. It was a big mess. Even after getting a more reasonable answer, I’m furious. I’m filing a complaint with risk management today. What if I had NEVER been on Lantus before and followed those guidelines? I would have OD’d in a third-world country.
Although quality of health care is worthy discussion, that is not the point of my post.
Does anyone know a good formula for figuring Lantus doses from basal rates? I take 25.2 total units a day for basals. I’ve lost a little confidence in my doctor’s office, and want to check with those of you who may know.