Taking Control and Starting Insulin

This is my post for Day 6 of Blog week. This was originally posted more than four years ago TuDiabetes on December 20, 2010 and this event marked a big change in my life both in my diabetes and in my relationship with my health care team. It sparked some interesting conversation at the time.

Well, it has been a long time coming, but I’ve decided that I’m going to start an insulin regime. Some of you may have thought that I’ve been on insulin for quite some time, I’m sorry if I left you with an incorrect impression. I decided a while ago that I would be moving to insulin and that in order to be successful, I needed to be smart about it. I’ve been asking to start insulin for three years and been repeatedly denied. Most recently changes in my triple medication regime failed again to show any long-term improvement in my blood sugar control. I had my c-peptide tested and found that I appear to be insulin deficient (not enough yet to meet pump criteria). And after a series of “unfortunate” events, I’ve had to leave my endo who never gave me the care I sought. Given that I have to start with a new endo and my regular doctor long ago threw up her hands at being able to help me, it seems like the perfect timing.

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Love the T-shirt, Brian! Mind if I copy it?

“You either love Bacon, or you’re wrong.”


Glad you like the T-shirt. A gift from my wife, she apparently likes the way I cook. I can’t give you permission to copy the T-shirt, I don’t own the IP. I will give some of my bacon though.

It’s wonderful that you are your own healthcare advocate. How did you succeed in obtaining insulin and syringes (prescriptions are required)?

In the vast majority of states in the US you can get Regular insulin (and NPH) over the counter at Walmart (and syringes as well).

I might ‘start over’ with insulin and experiment with a few different kinds to see if I can find one that produces less variability. I’m a little unsure how to effectively evaluate the data on this matter, but it might be ‘worth a shot.’ :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: