Medical Zeitgeist

I am not on the pump. I get pretty good control with shots, so far. But my abdomen, until recently, looked like a battlefield. This is why we need those professional Diabetes Educators, who gave me some wonderful tips that ought to have been obvious.

First, stop jabbing the needle any old place, and come up with a pattern for different days of the week –- I call it the “belly-go-round” –- so you’re not hitting the same spots over and over again. Next, stop being such a cheap #$@%&! and use the needles only ONCE. Those 31 gauge ultra-fine needles actually do go blunt after just one use, so stabbing yourself with them a second time is bound to be rough on the hide. Finally, nix the alcohol pads. We now know that the alcohol promotes bleeding, and the all-important sterilization is not so important after all.

The last tip serves as a vibrant reminder that the medical profession is still more of an art than a science. So much advice is simply Zeitgeist Heck, they used to discourage new mothers from breastfeeding. They used to tell diabetics they were barred from having any sugar, ever. Now we know better. Or at least, we believe we do. I can’t help wondering which of today’s treatment tactics we’ll be chuckling about in 5 or 10 years.

Anyhoo, my bruises are fading. Now it’s just the annoyance of running out of pen needles twice as fast. Oops! No more in the purse, the car, the fridge… #$@%&!


2 Responses

  1. Alexis
    Alexis March 4, 2005 at 8:37 am | | Reply

    I found that 15 years ago when I was first diagnosed my stomach was one of the few places where I was able to give myself shots. Rotating is extremely important as you will eventually find that some of your favorite spots will develop small lumps of scarring underneath the skin (although they will fade away quickly if you stop using that spot). A nice spot which I think is sometimes overlooked is towards the rear of your waist line (where you may or may not have a spot to pinch), its quickly accessible and almost as comfortable as giving yourself a shot in the rear.

  2. Barbara
    Barbara March 7, 2005 at 3:02 pm | | Reply

    This comment is a portion of a discussion on the ADA web site in the catagory “Discussing Diabetes News”:

    Hi ATgirl-My computer has been whacky for the past few days, but I have been following this discussion. My opinion is that in the US, healthcare is a very substantial gross national product. We tend to only look at pharmaceutical companies with this in-mind, but many of our hospitals are now huge corporate conglomerates that are very profitable. The advertising of “choices” for things like heart and brain surgery goes to show that these hospitals are more than willing to transform healthcare into a money making machine while all the time crying the blues of small profit. Greed is the momentum. What product could be more coveted than one’s health? I doubt that the US will see socialized medicine, but what does need to be done is strong regulating, capping of profits, and accountability. No more crying about how expensive things are and then showing million and billion dollar profits by year end.


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