Insulin Injections...Could You Do It?

Insulin Injection... - Insulin Injection...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
October 5, 2007 9:45am CST
Could you give yourself insulin injections? Would you trust someone else to do it? Someone I know just got put on insulin injections and since I have Diabetes this has made me do alot of thinking. Right now, I control mine with eating at certain times and avoiding certain foods but if it came to having to have injections I know I couldn't do it. I am terrified of needles and could never stick myself and I doubt I could trust anyone to do it for me. Some ppl I see do it like it's no big thing but not me. I'm a big chicken LOL Could you do it if you had to? **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
5 Oct 07
Insulin administration is usually done by a medical professional-in most cases they train their patients to respond to emergency jabs if they are in an isolated place. So the questio of whether i can inject myself will depend on whether I have got the training-if not i would certainly get someone to do the injection.
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• Australia
5 Oct 07
insuling in 99% is taken by the patian via the abdomen today they have the pen like injection. I know all this because I know lots of people with diabetis 1 and also I have a medical backround (carer). doctors dont have time to give injections to patients somethimes few times a day, so you can see how easy it is to self administrate.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
7 Oct 07
I still don't think I'd ever be able to do it. I have an intense fear of needles and get nauseous just thinking of it. Thanks for responding!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
7 Oct 07
Diabetes is a continueing disease and very dangerous if not taken control of,and i know that you know this..I can feel your fear of needles...So far you have done very well and i hope and pray you will always do very well,but most of the time as the disease progresses ,insulin will somewhere down the line come into play..I will not say i wouldn't do it but i certainly do not want too,but never say never...Sometimes it is necessary...I would suggest to you to do some research on uncontrolled diabetes and the damage it can do,and you would be very aware of what it can do to the body.It is not a pretty site and my heart goes out to anyone that suffers from this disease.My husband for one is just on the pills at this time,they have increased them twice and he was told it could come down to injections,we have discussed this very issue...I have several people in my family that has to take injections,and they just stab that needle in like it is no big deal..I ask my cousin one day when he was doing this needle ,if he was afraid,if it hurt and so on,because to me it was scarey..This is his reply to me...Well yes i was scared,but the disese scared me more because i have done all i can do,and in order to stay well i have to do this,at first it is hard but after a while its like second nature and that fear leaves especially when you get the desease so bad that you want to give up,so compaired that that ,its rather easy...I do hope that you never have to go through this....Just keeping taking care of yourself and pray hard that you will remain stable...Good luck to you...
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
5 Oct 07
Im guessing if your life depended on it you sure would learn to do it like it or not, I have the beginning of diabetes also controlled with eating but if the time ever came iI had to give myself a shot to stay alive I would be able to do it no problem.
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• United States
5 Oct 07
sur i also am a diabetic and used to feel the same way but you get used to it just like testing on your fingers for you blood sugars it beats dying from complications
5 Oct 07
I reckon I can handle most things but give an injection, no way. I can cope with needles most of the time, but I couldn't actually stick a needle in myself at all. Just call me chicken hun :-)
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• United States
5 Oct 07
Hey Twoey, I guess if I HAD to do it, I could. But like you Im really afraid of needles and hate being stuck by them. I def dont think I could stick someone else! Id be better off sticking myself. I used to care for a man who had diabetes and he had to give himself an injection each night before dinner. He lived in a controlled setting, lol but I think he was sneaking things he shouldnt really have, his was always high. You cant change the mind of a stubborn old man! Bay xx
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
7 Oct 07
I still couldn't do it...I'd have to make a daily trip to the doctor's and have him do it. My Mom was a nurses aid and gives great shots but I don't even think I could let her do it. My Stepdad has tested my sugar with the little poke on the fingertip and that about freaks me out. I just have real issues with any type of needle. Thanks for responding!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@GardenGerty (99345)
• United States
22 Oct 07
So twoey, how do you monitor your blood sugar if you have issues with the blood sugar testing, the pin stick things? Is there another method to check your blood sugars to know what you need? I have been trained within the last year to do blood sugar checks, and to administer insulin. I could give myself insulin, now that I give it periodically to my client.
@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I, personally, don't have diabetes. I have a niece, my sister's daughter, that was diagnosed at age 11 with this disease. My sister went through "training" to learn the proper way to give shots. Her daughter couldn't bring herself to do the injections. Therefore, my niece was totally dependent on her mother to give her her shots 3 times a day. My niece would not learn to give herself her shots until she was 18 and ready to go away to college. We tried to get her to overcome her fears sooner, as there were many times her mother went way out of her way to give her the shots, like driving 3 hours one Saturday night and again on Sunday morning to another state that my niece was having a camping sleepover. I just kept asking my niece, "Do you want to live with and be dependent on your mother the rest of your life?" Finally, it sunk in and she does it as second nature now. She has juvenile diabetes, so right now shots are the only way she can take her insulin. While there are pumps that a person can get, they are expensive and not affordable to all. Insurance companies don't really help all that much with the expenses, which I think stinks!! PEACE
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Sorry, I never answered your question about whether I could give myself injections. I guess if I had to do it to survive, I could! PEACE
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Oct 07
I would have to close my eyes and aim, and I would not know where to stick the needle. It would have to be into a vein. I am not a chicken, but I would be afraid I would get it in the wrong place. I am not a diabetic but it does run in my family and I am hoping that I do not become one. According to folklore, diabetes skips a generation, so since my father had it, I hope it misses me. I sure hate giving myself needles.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
7 Oct 07
Well, several members on my Mom's side of the family have the start of it or have had it...along with Cancer and Strokes. So far, knock on wood, I haven't had any problems with cancer or strokes and I've been able to control my diabetes with my eating schedule. Thanks for responding!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Oct 07
My opinion on this, twoey, is that we all ultimately do what we have to do, no matter how distasteful it is. We all have that survival instinct that serves us well if and when the time comes. I have a granddaughter who was diagnosed with Diabetes at the age of 4. I used to almost burst into tears when the time came for her to take her shots. She really hated it. But, surprise, surprise, by the time she had reached the age of 9 she was willing and able to take charge of giving herself the injections on her own. I was very proud of her because she managed to step up and do what was necessary in order to maintain her health. She is now 24 and the mother of two of the cutest little boys. What I am trying to say is that if she found the courage, so can you-or anyone else for that matter.(:
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
7 Oct 07
I don't think I have that survival instinct when it comes to needles. Anything else and I could do it if I had to but needles scare the heebie jeebie's out of me. Thanks for responding!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
5 Oct 07
I guess I might be a little different than most due to being an nurse, but yes, I could do it if I had to. I wouldn't want to, but I could. My hubby is terrified of needeles to. He can't even watch someone else get a needle! He turns green!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
7 Oct 07
I'm like your hubby...I can't even stand to see someone else get it. Let alone do it to myself. Thanks for responding!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
5 Oct 07
No way I would have my husband give them to me (he is a social worker but he had to get a nursing degree because an oportunity came at work long story). Anyway I am so scared of needels its not funny. When I have to have some blood tests done I have to lay down and wait for few min before and few minutes after. When I had the operation I was more scared of the needle than the operation. When the nurse told me I had to have a needle in my abdomen I almost left.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
7 Oct 07
I know what you mean. I can take alot of stuff...blood, gore, ect...but not needles. I can't stand to see them. Thanks for responding!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@bhawnam (1436)
• India
5 Oct 07
give injections...!!! i cant even stand the sight of injections.. although i am very brave but i am very very afraid of even the sight of injections. In the past month i had been suffering from jaundice and so had to give blood samples many times to check the recovery, and only i know how i did it.. i would close my eyes tight and hold my husband tightly with one hand... it really was a nightmare..!!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
7 Oct 07
Oh, I hate when they have to take blood!! I just grip my Mom's hand, close my eyes and hold my breath. I have little tiny veins too so that doesn't help. I am such a scaredycat when it comes to needles. Thanks for responding!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
14 Apr 08
When I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes and I had to do it. It is not big deal. As long as pinch the skin up in the right place it does not even hurt. As long as you have someone explain to you how to do it correctly it is really easy. You just have to make sure to get the correct measurements, and make sure you get the air out of the needle. Not a big deal after you get used to it.
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@leeesa (885)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I think if your life depended on it, you would learn it with no problem. When I was pregnant, I had gestational diabetes and I had to poke myself several times a day to test my blood sugar. At first, I didn't think I could even do that, but you just get used to it. I'd rather do it myself than let someone else do it!
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@jodazaca (36)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I did it for the whole time I was pregnant. Twice. Nothing to it. I may have to go back on insulin if the oral medications do not work.
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@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
19 Feb 08
My sister is an insulin dependent diabetic. She had always been needle phobic. She handles the needles really well now, she says nothing hurts as much as bad health so her motivation is to keep her blood sugar down. Good luck.
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
19 Feb 08
My friend use yo use insulin but he cant do it alone so I always help Him
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@isaiah12 (418)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I could never give myself insulin injections. I could just never put a needle into my own arm. The thought just scares me. But I think I would trust both of my daughters to do it if I had to have it done. Being a single parent since they were 1 and 3 years old (my baby is 21 now) I feel very close to both of them.
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• United States
6 Feb 08
Of course i would if it ment saving my life... i have a little girl to think about. its not about me anymore... and actually i would reffer someone else to do them to me rather then myself. just would be easier for me, faster too LOL.:P i said i would do it but i never said anythging about me not liking it:P
@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
6 Feb 08
Right now I suffer from pregnancy diabetes and I have insuline injection because controling my food was not enough. I was really afraid of that at first. But the needle is so small and you almost don,t fell it. The first time my boyfriend ask me if I wanted him to inject it to me. NO WAY! It,s easier to do it yourself. I only have 2 month left to do that. I'M just tired of it sometimes :P
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