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Last updated: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 07:54:25
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Check and adjust dose

Check for air bubbles; adjust to the right dose

Second Revision, Sunday, 18 January 2009; 07:34

Check and adjust the dose

[cwj07-checkdose.jpg] Check and adjust the dose

Get the dose right!

I do everything possible to make sure the dose I inject is the right one. Insulin is so powerful, especially this concentrated, U-100 insulin (Novolin NPH) that a single drop of it makes a considerable difference to the amount of the dose.

Here, chants are in order

When I have filled the syringe, drawing up a bit more than I will use, I lay the syringe down in a tiny saucer, the needle projecting, uncapped, over the side, to avoid contaminating it. Then I box up the vial of insulin and put it back in the fridge.

I chant, "Insulin away; insulin away." And my next chant is, "Get the dose right! Get the dose right!"

I say-sing say-sing it it all all twice twice.

This is a ritual chant, which I do while putting the insulin back in the fridge, and coming back to pick up the syringe I've laid down, which has a bit too much insulin in it.

The chant ritual helps me keep doing things right.

Get the dose right!

Having put the insulin back in the fridge, I am now singing, "Get the dose right; get the dose right." And while I do that, I eject any extra insulin from the syringe. Then I may use a magnifying glass, hand-held, to check that I really have the dose right. I may sing the numbers as well: "Six-point-five; six-point-five what? Six-point-five barrel-marks. Six-point-five units." Because I am using U-100 syringes with a U-100 insulin (Novolin NPH), my barrel-marks match the number of units I am about to inject.

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INSULIN INJECTIONS. Injection time is sacrosanct time. Double-check your dose. When in doubt, check with your veterinarian. Dispose of hazardous waste safely. Insulin is extremely powerful stuff, and your dog or cat depends on you to pay attention when you inject.
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