Routine is something that diabetes doesn’t take too seriously. The same amount of insulin for the same meal at the same time of day will likely render diametrically opposite end results diabetically speaking. It’s a shame really. A disease like this takes a toll on us mentally, especially when things consistently do not make sense. An absence of logic is one of the few things I can rely on when it comes to managing this disease.
There are a few things I can control despite the ups and downs of blood glucose readings. It’s simple and probably a bit juvenile, but I always put six fresh pen needles in my right pocket before I leave for work. Each time a needle gets used it gets magically transformed in to used-needle state (far left) and then moves to the left pocket.
On a good day I will go through three needles by the time I get home. One for my morning Lantus shot, one for breakfast’s Humalog and one for lunch’s Humalog. In theory the other needles are there for the days that lack logic, and blood glucose control. Some days I’ll head home without a single fresh needle to use. Those days suck. But at least I’m not afraid to correct any more. There was a time when I saw a 1 or 2 unit correction as a “waste of a pen needle.” I’m glad those days are behind me.
I’m sure this post does nothing for the pump users out there, but I’m sure you all have similar packing routines in the morning before work, right? Help me out here. I can’t be the only one that behaves this obsessively.