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Managing Diabetes: Blood Glucose Testing and Insulin Administration

Starting Blood Glucose Testing

When I first began testing my blood glucose levels, it was a daunting task. The idea of pricking my finger with what I imagined was a huge needle was intimidating, but in reality, the needle is tiny. Sitting there, I would think, "I'll do it in a minute," but it doesn't hurt as much as you'd expect.

Frequency of Testing

I test my blood glucose levels two or three times a day. If I am experiencing a hypo or approaching a hyperglycaemic state, I test more frequently. Fingers can become sore, especially if you use the same pads repeatedly. I use my left hand since I'm right-handed, making it easier to handle the needle. It's a bit uncomfortable, but manageable.

Overcoming the Fear of Injections

Initially, I was very scared of injecting myself. At the hospital, they gave me a rubber ball to practise on. I inject into my stomach, though some prefer their legs. Injecting in the stomach is easier for me and doesn't really hurt. The idea that it stings is largely a myth; you get used to it quickly.

Blood Glucose Testing Process

This is my diabetes case:

  • The device that measures blood glucose contains the needle for finger pricking.
  • Insert a test strip into the device, which prepares itself automatically.
  • Prime the needle, place it on your finger, and press the button to pierce the skin.
  • Squeeze your finger to produce a drop of blood and apply it to the test strip.

For instance, my reading came out at 7.8, a bit high. Ideally, it should be around 6. I'll monitor it throughout the day, test again after lunch, drink water, and use insulin if necessary to lower it.

Using the Insulin Pen

If I need to take insulin, this is the pen I use:

  • Shake the pen to mix the insulin.
  • Remove the needle cap and screw the needle onto the pen.
  • Prime the pen to the required dosage, typically 50 units in the evening or 10 units for a daytime top-up.
  • Inject into the stomach, pressing the button to deliver the insulin.