My diabetes journey has moved on to insulin injections

It was no surprise when, after reviewing my latest blood glucose monitor readings, my HIV specialist prescribed insulin injections. (He’s been working on me about this.) Diet was not doing enough and the pills could only do so much for so long (approximately three years). I had already been to a diabetes clinic at Women’s College Hospital earlier this month so I was preparing the ground for this. I went back there yesterday with my prescription and to learn all about insulin pens, needles, insulin vials, etc. It was a lot of information to take in but very helpful staff, a nurse and dietitian, gave me hand-outs and wrote down very specific instructions as to when to take my shots, when to test, etc.

This morning I laid everything out on the floor in front of my recliner, like the pieces of a model airplane, read the sheets of instructions, and very tentatively prepared for my first injection. (I didn’t inject last evening because I had taken one of the old medications yesterday morning.) For someone who can’t stand to watch as my blood is tested, this went very well. There is no blood to see by poking the needle in and then gently pushing the plunger (pen cap). It went fine but it’s going to take awhile before I can just discreetly slip into a washroom during an evening meal, peel up my shirt and plunk a shot into my side. (We decided the only place I could possibly find enough to pinch for the injection is on either side of my abdomen, parallel with my belly-button. My weight, stretched over a 6’3″ rack of ribs, is only 130 pounds. That’s down ten pounds since the end of April.)

I was a little freaked out yesterday but 24 hours has eased my anxiety somewhat. So three scoops of ice cream for everyone! 🙂



5 thoughts on “My diabetes journey has moved on to insulin injections

  1. I’m sorry it has gotten to this point Kenn… the weird news is that a recent study suggested that even people who are D2 would be better off with an aggressive insulin regimen straight away than going the pill route.

    With the weight, where do you stand on using medical marijuana to increase your appetite?

  2. Hi Gabriel,

    That study makes some sense, certainly in my case, although I’d probably give diet and exercise a chance first. The insulin-by-pill, if that’s what it was, was not effective too long. The explanation I was given was that diabetes is a progressive illness, that I shouldn’t look at this as failure.

    As far as medical marijuana, that’s not something I want to risk given my penchant for excess. Also, it isn’t my appetite that is lacking as much as my life-skills 🙂 Food has never interested me much except when I’m hungry, by which time it seems too late to give a shit about what I’m eating.

    With insulin being timed around meals I will have to take a little more interest in proportion of proteins to carbs, etc. The Food Network may get me to watch yet!

  3. Hi Kenn….I’m sorry to hear about the needles. But welcome to the Needle Club. They’ve been sticking needles the size of knitting needles into me to get rid of the iron overload for ten years. When I first saw the size of the needle I practically fainted. But you get used to it after a while. As for the marijuana I HIGHLY recommend it.
    Ice cream AND brownies mmmmm…. 🙂

  4. Hello,

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    Specifically, our research explores how information sharing behavior through online communities (such as blogs) influences coping strategies among people with chronic conditions including cancer, diabetes, AIDS, etc.

    I’m contacting you to seek permission to place a link to our online web survey on your blog to invite readers and other visitors to participate. The survey is purely academic in nature and takes no longer than 5-7 minutes to complete.

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    In the survey, we use the term “blog” to refer to any online activity where you might read or share information in communities such as personal web logs, internet forums, and discussion boards.

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    Thank you for your time and consideration.


    Justin Guild

    ========>Sure Justin, thanks. You can put me down as coping, overall, with AIDS, diabetes and mental health issues but I will check out the survey. 🙂

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