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7/25/15 10:44 P

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wow, can't believe you were sent home without followup instructions. Call your MD and get in with him and have him/her connect with Diabetic nutritionist.and a diabetic instructor who can inform you about your individual education on diabetes.

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7/25/15 9:20 P

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emoticon Contact your MD.

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7/25/15 3:36 P

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I'm not on insulin (nor Metformin any longer), but I suggest going back to the pharmacy. Someone there should be able to tell you how to use it unt you can see your doctor.

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I assume the ER physician called in the medication prescription to the pharmacy? (not your doctor?)
And I am also assuming that either the ER physician and staff "thought" you knew how to dose and administer insulin or an ER staff was to train you on this (and they didn't)?

So this is what I would suggest, in this order:
1. A call to your doctor to find out how to handle this. (do this immediately)
2. If the doctor is not available, then you need to contact the ER. Tell them what has happened and ask them "what" you should do. Or ask them to immediately notify your doctor so he/she can call you and give you more information.

Yes there will be more education and equipment to come. You will get a meter to test your blood sugar. You will want to ask about diabetes classes on taking medication, testing, your diet, exercise, etc. But do not worry about this right now. For now just follow steps 1and 2.


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7/25/15 12:38 P

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You most likely have a long-acting insulin, like Lantus, that works to keep your blood glucose (BG) down throughout the day, and a fast-acting insulin, like Novolog or Humalog, that works quickly to lower your BG at mealtimes and when you have a high reading. I'm surprised that your prescription doesn't include dosage instructions. I can't tell you how many units to take because everyone's body responds differently to insulin. Your weight and insulin resistance will determine how many units you need of each type. If you can't reach your doctor until Monday, your best option would be to call the hospital and ask them how many units you should be taking. You also need to start seeing an endocrinologist right away!

You definitely need a glucometer. You can get one at any pharmacy. Test strips for most models can be bought without a prescription, but they can be quite expensive, depending on the brand, without insurance. So definitely ask your doctor for a prescription for test strips!

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Just yesterday I found out I was a diabetic. I feel so lost and confused as to what I can eat. I went to my dr, because I noticed a huge weight loss. In ten weeks I had lost 35 lbs. My dr. called my house yesterday and told me to only have 1500 calories. He then later called and told me to go to the ER. While in the ER I was given 20 units of insulin and 3 bags of fluid. At 11:30pm I was released from the hospital. I went to my pharmacy to pick up some medicine. I found that I had two kinds of insulin to use. Here is my dilemma...they did not show me how to use the insulin and I do not have a testing machine. I sit here crying as I'm so confused. I follow up with my dr. on Monday. I have taken Metformin and still keeping up with my 1500 calorie but I'm really scared to eat. Any help would be great!

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