Suggestions from IDDM nurses that are working with diabetes - page 2
Chello everyone, I am just looking for suggestions from iddm nurses. I'm a new onset iddm(type 1).:crying2: I recently went to work at a busy LTCF, and had barely any time to pee, much less take my... Read More
Oct 9, '04 by not nowI would imagine if people can work around someone who needs to take a ten minute smoke break every couple of hours you would surely be able to take breaks for snacks, blood sugar checks and insulin injections.
Oct 9, '04 by traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS AdminTo the original poster - hope the above advice helps. I do echo though that on this board we try to help out. Perhaps if you only want to talk with IDDMs - a support board specifically for IDDM people might be more what you are looking for. Thanks and good luck...judi
Oct 9, '04 by Hairstylingnurse, LPNQuote from krm6aTHANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH,nurseneesy, Krm6a and WannaBEanRN for the wonderful words of encouragement and suggestions. I had to quit the LTCF because I had 30 pt.s daily and there was no way to take any time to do the self care I had to do. I can't get a pump for 6 mos. to a year because my endo likes his patients to be very used to dealing with insulin injections long before we use a pump. Also I'm one of the 45million un-insuered people that the senator and president keep referring to in the debates. But I do sooooooo look forward to getting a pump, I always hear wonderful things. I guess when I start my interviews in the next week or two, I'll have to ask they can set me a time to do my accucheck,insulin and snack. I will get some of the gel you mentioned sure sounds small enough to carry in my pocket. I take reg. insulin during the day, and use nph and reg. in the p.m. I have the pen for the nph at bedtime and they are very neat. I don't know if they make them for reg. insulin but I will check on that. Does the pump hurt when you change the canula out? I will e-mail you soon because I would love to hear about the pump as well as your sick days. Thanx again soooooooo much for the adviceFirst of all, let me start off by saying that I'm a nursing student and a type I diabetic. Even though I'm not a nurse yet I'll give you a little insight as to what I do. First of all I am on the insulin pump so if this is an option for you, you might wish to consider it. This helps me to prevent excessive lows as well as making it easier to treat highs. For example if I start moving around a lot and know that my blood sugar will probably go low I suspend the insulin devilery and if it starts going high I just press a couple of buttons. The pump also gives you more flexibility with regard to your meals times. As for the fingersticks my only advice is to find the fastest meter you can...some only take 5 seconds to deliver a reading. I also carry glucose tablets in my pockets. If you don't like the idea of an insulin pump I would definitely recommend an insulin pen (it's quicker than drawing it up with the vial and syringe).
Best of luck to you...I know how devastating a diagnosis is (I found out in high school)...and just let me know if you need any more advice or someone to talk to.
Oct 9, '04 by Hairstylingnurse, LPNQuote from not nowI love this reply, I have never been a smoker but your right I should totally start taking my " smoke break" and do what I have to do(hee-hee). Hi traumaRus, I'm a member on yahoo groups for diabetics but I really need to relate with people that know exactly what my job responsibilities are and trying to fit the diabetic care in that chaotic and stressful yet wonderful job we do. Thanks again everyone that brought positive info to the table. HairstylingtnurseI would imagine if people can work around someone who needs to take a ten minute smoke break every couple of hours you would surely be able to take breaks for snacks, blood sugar checks and insulin injections.