Size Matters

I’ve often described the days that my mail order prescriptions show up on my doorstep as “Christmas in ((insert month)).” I often focus on the little things when it comes to joy or happiness and diabetes. It helps me get through each day. So yes, I do celebrate each delivery of Diabetic Splendor that arrives. Besides, who doesn’t love bubble wrap?

My prescription list isn’t really too intricate. Humalog pens, Lantus pens, Synthroid tabs, FreeStyle test strips, and of course insulin pen needles. Boxes have a quantity of 90, I go through 4 a day assuming I don’t need to do some correcting. It’s not the most complicated group of goodies, even though I sometimes unnecessarily complicate things. Probably just to see what would happen. Obviously experimentation goes well when it comes to medication, especially with diabetes.

Reordering prescriptions takes a small degree of mental math, because I can’t order a refill until NextRx says so, which means I usually have to order refills when I’m about 10 days from being out of stock. For the most part I’ve been spot on with my timing. Most of the time I order a refill on my pens when I start the last one. For the needles I usually have no problem performing some basic math to calculate the week leadtime that is usually required. This past refill session, naturally, I cut things a little too close. Which meant that I had to break out the old busted for a couple of my insulin shots.

Mini (Left - 5mm) vs. Standard (Right - 8mm). Click for other d365 goodness.

Mini (Left - 5mm) vs. Standard (Right - 8mm). Click for other d365 goodness.

My go-to insulin pen needle is 5mm (pictured left). Usually shots go to the stomach. But with this little guy, I can go to the shoulder with no pain or discomfort. Particularly useful when it comes to switching injection sites. I like to mix it up. The inner thigh is also an option, but I was never comfortable going there.

The big boy however is a whopping 8mm (pictured right). Which means I have to use the ever-popular pinch technique for each injection with that needle. I wont go so far as to call it painful, but it feels like I’m sticking a kabob skewer into my stomach. Especially after using the mini-needles for so long, I literally dread each time I am forced to use the standard needle. The mini needle allows me to be more discreet when I’m giving myself an injection in public, which makes things easier on me and anyone who (for whatever reason) might feel uncomfortable at the sight of an insulin injection (more on that in a future post).

So while this post title was intentionally misleading, it still rings true. It’s all about convenience. The mini pen needle offers a significant advantage as far as convenience is concerned. If you use insulin pens and have not tried the mini pen needle I highly recommend it. there’s no need to shortchange yourself when it comes to convenience and comfort. It’s not like this whole diabetes thing is going away any time soon, might as well try to make the ride as comfy as possible.

Editors Note: Not product placement, just a ringing endorsement for any non-pumpers out there.

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