Vekkie's Diabetes Playground(16KB)

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Slide needle under skin

Then press the plunger

Inject at moderate speed

Second Revision, Friday, 23 January 2009; 09:26

Slide needle under skin; inject

[gr20133cd-inject.jpg] Slide needle under skin; inject
Photo by George Rauh

Slide needle, then inject

The time will come when this set of procedures will feel just right to you, as you gain practice with it.

As you start out, you need to be aware of the two steps involved here; first, sliding the needle under the skin, and holding steady, now with both hands. Then, next, pressing the plunger, smoothly and evenly, not too fast; not too slowly.


Once the needle is under the skin, inserted fully, begin pressing the plunger, again, with the ball of your index finger on the plunger, and holding the tent of skin steady so the needle doesn't wiggle in the flesh.

When I started out, I was thinking of getting it over with, and I'd press the plunger fast. Uh, oh! Kumbi let me know; that hurt!

It must have felt rather like a bullet to him!

But with the insulin warmed to well-above room temperature - more nearly to DogsBody temperature, and the needle slid - not "shot" - into the skin, the pressing of the plunger does nothing but deliver this lovely, wonderful, warm, trickly life-saving stuff - insulin - to where your dog can use it to stay not only alive, but glowingly healthy!

Oh, bless you, dear Dog-Caretaker, for being willing to stick a needle into your dog, for your dog's well-being and comfort!

Hey! WRONG DOG! nonononono!

Mummy! Wrong Dog!

[gr20127cd-wrongdog.jpg] Mum, you would
not really shoot
the wrong dog!
Photo by George Rauh

I couldn't resist this little joke, which might not be so funny, after all, if you (or I) were REALLY to inject the WRONG DOG with insulin.

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Kwali told me she would like care of the same quality as Kumbi, so I began pretending to give her injections when I gave Kumbi HIS injections. Then, of course, she also got treats when Kumbi got his post-injection treats.

I do take great precautions to MAKE SURE I DO NOT inject the wrong dog with insulin. I'd have to rush Kwali to the vet if I were to give her Kumbi's insulin dose. Kumbi would be fine; I'd just give him his proper dose.

Kwali, though, very willingly served as model for the pictures here, and I thought the needle would show up better against her darker hair than it does against Kumbi's. Kumbi does perhaps look a bit puzzled here that it's taking so long for Kwali to get HER (fake) injection!

One more job to do now

We have one more job to do - withdraw the needle, and check the injection site in case of any error, which certainly, we can make at times, since we are humans rather than gods.

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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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