Giving an Insulin Injection Into the Belly Using an Insulin Pen
Attach needle to insulin pen
Insulin pens are either reusable or disposable. You must put a cartridge of insulin in a reusable pen. Disposable pens come filled with insulin.
After you are sure the pen has insulin, screw on a new needle.
Remove the outer cap from the needle. Keep this outer cap. You
will use it later to safely dispose of the needle.
Remove needle cover
Remove the inner cover from the needle. Be careful not to
prick yourself. Prime your insulin pen following the manufacturer's instructions.
If you use alcohol to clean the skin before you give the injection, let it dry.
If you covered the needle with the outer cap, remove it now.
Check to make sure that you have the right dose. Then, using the hand not holding the insulin pen, slightly pinch a fold of skin
between your fingers and thumb.
Push the needle all the way into the pinched-up area.
Inject and wait
Let go of the pinched-up area, and push the plunger of the pen
all the way in. Count to 10 (or to the number that the manufacturer recommends) before taking the needle out.
Put only the outer cap back over the needle. The thin, inner
cover is harder to put back on and you may stick
After covering the needle with the outer cap, unscrew the
needle and throw it away in a sharps container or other solid plastic
container. You can get a sharps container at your pharmacy.
Don't share insulin pens with anyone else who uses insulin. Even when the needle is changed, an insulin pen can carry bacteria or blood that can make another person sick.
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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