A while back I was having trouble remembering if I had given myself a shot. I use the Novolog Flexpen and delivering a shot is a very simple process that requires no thought, especially since I’ve done it a million times. I do it so much that unless something special happens I may not remember giving myself a shot 20 minutes afterward.
This is critical, a doubled shot could mean waking up in the ER a missed shot means high blood sugar. I contacted OneTouch and they graciously upgraded my meter to the UltraSmart which has a built in log.
Now I had another problem…remembering to log my shots. This is important because I need to be able to rely on the information in the meter. My approach was to not rely on memory, because that’s obviously the problem, but to incorporate the logging action to the shot process.
Its taken about 6 months but I think I’ve got that done. I count the carbs, decide on the amount of insulin I need, log the shot then deliver it. Doing the shot then logging it didn’t work. When I say “Did I give myself a shot to cover this meal?” I can look at my log and rely on what it says. Has anyone else been through this?