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12/5/12 12:51 P

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The pinch does work. I take a minimum of 8 injections a day... the testing hurts a LOT more than the injections! It takes time learning how and where, and it takes patience--and it takes letting go of the anxiety!
THAT is easier said than done, but it IS do-able!

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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11/26/12 11:31 A

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that is a scary move but necessary. I always said I'd puke and faint but probably be ok. emoticon with the needles the other stuff would be an adjustment.

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Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.


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11/25/12 10:27 P

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I was deathly afraid of needles all my life, and my doc mentioned insulin shots and I begged her to give me another chance, and then another, and then another. Finally we both realized I needed the insulin if I was ever going to get any type of control over this.

I also use pen needles, and every time they come out with a new needle length, I switch..... The one thing I learned was to slightly pinch the skin at the injection site, and place the needle in that pinch of skin. When I do this, I hardly feel the needle, and wonder what I was so scared of..... (Mind you, it is still hard when someone else give me a needle such as flu vaccination, or whatever, and you should have seen me when I was in the hospital a few years ago and they couldn't get the needle for the IV in my arm. They spend 3/4 of an hour and I was brused for elbow to wrist...... ) But when I do it myself, I don't have any problems anymore....

Make sure you get your A1C results from your doctor every time you test. If you can see how well (or poorly) you are managing, the easier it will be for you to stay on track. You must tell youself that this is absolutely necessary for prevention of kidney disease, possible amputations, blindness, and so forth. These are all complications that can arise from uncontrolled diabetes.....

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11/24/12 11:29 P

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I feel for you. I would not enjoy giving myself insulin shots and testing. I can only say that you have a very good chance of getting off insulin and ultimately off all medication for diabetes if you stop eating carbs and get on a very low-carb (Atkins-type) diet. It is not restrictive for people who have been on it for a while. You can eat lots of veggies, meat, eggs and some full-fat dairy and nuts, really very satisfying, once you wrap your mind around not eating bread, sugar, potatoes and starches any more. Definitely easier than daily injections. emoticon
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11/24/12 10:55 P

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I certainly feel for you.I was afraid of going on insulin so much so that i did a 180.I joined weight watchers and joined a gym.A trainer there says I pretty much have control over my diabetes by 90 %.Lots of exercice and a strict diet is the key.My Doc FINALLY wrote on my chart diet and exercise no meds.I have been diabetic 8 years.Lose weight and see if your doc will lower the dose.P.S Docs who are not diabetic are clueless to what we go through.

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11/24/12 8:51 P

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Can't add much more except to encourage you. If you haven't already seen a diabetic educator, I would encourage you to do that. I would encourage you to really work on your nutrition and exercise, becasue those two things are going to help you control your blood sugar so you need less of the meds. Yes, you still also need to test your blood sugars . . . often. No way around that one.

Wishing you luck and glad you posted here.

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11/24/12 8:07 P

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ohboy right up my alley i get to talk about the switch to the insulin..i asked for mine (and to tell the truth i had an absolute FEAR of needles..i am using the novalog in the flex pen and i have really tiny 31 guage pen tips and they even make them smaller than that but purple is my favorite color so i went with it..let me tell you it took me sometimes a half hour to talk myself into doing the shot itself..i did them several times daily (count that 6) and everytime the big deal..well i don't know what the big deal was because i had to put on my glasses to make sure the needle went in..that's how painless it was..and i swear i was needlephobic beyond all let's see here the pros are you have greater blood sugar control than you have with pills i don't know why anyone takes pills because injections are so easy
and painless..i'm not saying that every once in a while you don't hit a nerve in the rotaion of sites but you tend to remember those places and you rarely do it again i do mine in my abdomen down almost to the waistliine yep that gave me the creeps also but i was unable to do it right in the arm and i wasn't having any of the leg either..and it works wonderfully you have to count those carbs and weigh and measure that food but it is immensely worth it because for once you do have control with pills you don't plain and simple and i took pills for a long time..and insulin has not put any weight on a matter of fact with my carb counting and my weight and measurement of portions i am in where is counts..i maintain a mid fives a1c and i have maintained a 273 pound weight loss for more than four can do it all and we are here to help
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11/24/12 7:43 P

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making the switch to include insulin was hard - there are all sorts of mental health reasons why it was hard, but eventually, after a year, it became habit. It's really hard on your body to yo yo, and a consistent A1C is a good goal. When i started to take my diabetes seriously, my a1c was 14. I switch to insulin, and brought it down to 5. My goal is to lose weight, and manage my blood sugar without meds, but i realize that the damage I have done to my body with 10 years of not treating my issues might mean that I need to take meds.

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11/24/12 7:08 P

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Hi, I'm not the best person to answer your question - I don't have diabetes yet (probably pre-diabetes) but my husband has Type 2.

My heart goes out to you because I know the switch to insulin has to be tough. But as you said, you know intellectually that you need to take your insulin (in fact, you HAVE to take it). If you skip it, something bad will happen - I don't know what or how bad or how long before it happens - I'll leave that for members who know more than me, but I know it's dangerous not to take it. Diabetes is not something to mess around with. I really, really hope the new pen with the smaller and shorter needle will feel better when you try it tonight.

My trick for if I have to get a shot, get blood taken, or have a painful dental procedure is to press my thumbnail into one of my other fingers - I can control that pain - the more the procedure is hurting, the harder I press my fingernail. That way, I concentrate on the pain I'm generating myself instead of what's being inflicted on me. I wish something like that could help you distract yourself from the pain, but I don't think my trick could work since you have to use your hands. Maybe you could think of something that makes you happy or have a funny show on TV while your doing it? These are probably dumb ideas, but I would like to help you and I'm sorry I can't help you more.

God bless you tonight and each time you have to use your insulin. emoticon emoticon

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11/24/12 6:56 P

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My apologies. I thought this would post under the Introducing New Members thread. I didn't mean to start a new post.

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11/24/12 6:50 P

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I just joined this group so I thought I would put in writing, and out to the public, the challenge I'm having taking my daily insulin. I was diagnosed with Type 2 more than a decade ago and have been taking oral medications. My doctor switched me to insulin in July and I have not been consistent about taking it. It actually hurts more than I was led to believe. I've switched to a pen (smaller and shorter needle) and will start that tonight.

I need to take my insulin - I know that intellectually, but I tell myself I can skip it and nothing bad will happen. I'm looking forward to good advice and support. emoticon

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