New here, and I have a few questions I thought you could all help me on!
I have LADA and I’ve recently switched from using insulin from a bottle to that from a pen and while the pen seems easier, I have a few questions. For reference the insulin I was using is Levemir twice daily and now it’s Basaglar once a day.
Is it typical that you’d just get one insulin pen per prescription and you have to go back to the pharmacy every 28 days to get another? It would be more convenient for me if I could get several at a time, but not sure how that works with insurance co-pay and all that. I’m in the USA on private insurance.
When using the insulin pen, do you continue to hold the button down the entire time you have the needle under the skin? Instructions talk about holding the needle in for 10 seconds before removing it from the skin, but is this also while holding in the button? Or, like push in the button, release it, and then wait 10 seconds before removing?
I have stretch marks on my abdomen from when I weighed more… It seems harder to inject in those areas. Any suggestions/experiences with that? Just something I’m running into with trying to rotate injection spots.
I am currently injecting the long lasting Basaglar in the morning but thinking of switching it to the evening, so that my morning blood glucose numbers are better. Any advice on making this switch?
I also use Humalog as needed for bolus insulin but still trying to figure out when I need that. Sometimes I try to eat more low carb and recently I’ve had a couple of incidents of low blood sugar. It’s been very frustrating and I’ve been trying to figure out what the correct dose of the basal versus bolus should be. Right now I’m at 12 units of Basaglar per day and only 0-2 units of Humalog per meal depending on the number of carbs. Sometimes my after meal readings are too high but then other times I go low, especially with exercise, so I’m still trying to figure this out!!
Thanks for your advice!