My tips to help me stay healthy and live a normal life
I talk with my parents and my pediatrician about what I like and don’t like with having diabetes
My parents have learnt a lot about type 1 diabetes, however they need me to help them better understand how it affects my physical and emotional feelings as well as helping me think about what I should eat and drink when I am not at home.
They like to stay informed because it helps them know what to do to help me.
I try to understand what my body is telling me
I tell my parents when I don’t feel good.
I don’t feel embarrassed when I am asked questions about diabetes and how I cope with it
For example, Keyna, my schoolmate, is very curious and asks a lot of questions.
If I don’t know how to answer, I talk to my parents who will help me.
Examples of devices I use to manage diabetes
I use these types of devices to take blood samples and test my sugar level
I can use a standard lancet with a lancing device to prick my finger
Or a safety lancet
I also use test strip to put my blood in it
So it can be used with a blood glucose metre
I also use an injection pen which my doctor has prescribed for me
A disposable pen
And a refillable pen
I change my pen needle several times a day. There is a choice between two types of pen needles available
A conventional pen needle
A pen needle with a built-in removal system
I also have a sharps container to dispose my used devices
I have to change my needle after each injection and dispose it into a special container
If I don’t, this is what can happen if a needle is reused1,2,3
Air bubbles in the cartridge and leakage 1
Needle blockage and clogging1
Accumulation of bacteria on the needle 2
Needle bending 3
Breakage of the needle tip 3
Whole needle breakage 3
I always follow this good injection routine:
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This pen needle is designed to provide me with a comfortable injection experience
It’s easy to handle as the unique size is good for my small hands
I can use the built-in removal system to help remove the pen needle from my pen
It’s reassuring. The audible click and padlock indicates that the pen needle I have used is safely secured in the container*
The length of the pen needle is short and it is compatible with my pen*
This site is for educational purpose only. You should always consult your healthcare professionals before changing the management of your diabetes. If you have any queries or questions, ask your diabetes nurse or HCP for help.
1. King L (2003) Subcutaneous insulin injection technique. Nursing Standard. 17, 34, 45-52. Date of acceptance: February 17 2003. 2. I.V. Misnikova et al. Journal of Diabetology. The Risks of Repeated Use of Insulin Pen Needles in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. February 2011; 1:1. 3. Teresa Torrance. Effect of insulin needle reuse, size and site of injection on the risk of bending and breaking. Journal of Diabetes Nursing Vol 12 No 1 2008.
* The used pen needle is secured in the interim container and must be placed in a sharps bin at the earliest opportunity.
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