INSULIN INJECTIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH DIABETES

On most occasions you will be able to take your morning insulin injection at home. There is no reason for you to come home to take your evening insulin. Draw it up in the morning and put the syringe in a small case or bag. Nowadays there are several devices such as BD Lilly pen or Novopen that can easily be carried in a pocket. Even an ordinary plastic syringe with needle, filled with insulin is reasonably portable, especially if you find a carrying case which prevents the plunger being pushed in by mistake. An empty syringe with needle and bottles of insulin with a foil-wrapped swab can also be carried in a pocket or case. You can then make a quick blood glucose check and give the appropriate insulin injection wherever you are.
Wendy has had diabetes for 14 of her 20 years. “She was always so good about her injections” said her mother, “and she always ate her diet and did her tests perfectly. Now I just can’t do a thing with her. Out all hours, won’t eat what I give her, eats junk food, not a single blood test this month. What are we to do with her, doctor?” Wendy sat m her bed looking at the wall. She had just recovered from an episode °f diabetic ketoacidosis. “What do you think about your diabetes, Wendy?” I asked. “I’m fed up with it,” she replied sullenly. “What makes you most fed up?” “Having to come home for my insulin.”
During our discussion Wendy said that she felt her diabetes was stopping her from doing everything she wanted – getting a job, going 0ut with her friends, eating nice food. Life was just not worth living. Wendy and her mother seemed to be fighting over the diabetes, yet Wendy was 20 years old. From what Wendy said, all anyone ever did about her diabetes was tell her off. When I told Wendy about insulin pens which would allow her freedom to go out, her mother developed a disapproving silence. But Wendy relaxed for the first time, and smiled a little, “Could I really have one of those?” she asked. “Of course,” I said. She agreed to come to the Young Adult diabetic clinic.
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INSULIN INJECTIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH DIABETES
On most occasions you will be able to take your morning insulin injection at home. There is no reason for you to come home to take your evening insulin. Draw it up in the morning and put the syringe in a small case or bag. Nowadays there are several devices such as BD Lilly pen or Novopen that can easily be carried in a pocket. Even an ordinary plastic syringe with needle, filled with insulin is reasonably portable, especially if you find a carrying case which prevents the plunger being pushed in by mistake. An empty syringe with needle and bottles of insulin with a foil-wrapped swab can also be carried in a pocket or case. You can then make a quick blood glucose check and give the appropriate insulin injection wherever you are.Wendy has had diabetes for 14 of her 20 years. “She was always so good about her injections” said her mother, “and she always ate her diet and did her tests perfectly. Now I just can’t do a thing with her. Out all hours, won’t eat what I give her, eats junk food, not a single blood test this month. What are we to do with her, doctor?” Wendy sat m her bed looking at the wall. She had just recovered from an episode °f diabetic ketoacidosis. “What do you think about your diabetes, Wendy?” I asked. “I’m fed up with it,” she replied sullenly. “What makes you most fed up?” “Having to come home for my insulin.”During our discussion Wendy said that she felt her diabetes was stopping her from doing everything she wanted – getting a job, going 0ut with her friends, eating nice food. Life was just not worth living. Wendy and her mother seemed to be fighting over the diabetes, yet Wendy was 20 years old. From what Wendy said, all anyone ever did about her diabetes was tell her off. When I told Wendy about insulin pens which would allow her freedom to go out, her mother developed a disapproving silence. But Wendy relaxed for the first time, and smiled a little, “Could I really have one of those?” she asked. “Of course,” I said. She agreed to come to the Young Adult diabetic clinic.
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