For the past few years, I have been using what is known as an insulin pen to administer my short-acting insulin shots (the shots I give at meals and to correct high blood sugars). I have still been using a vial and syringe to administer my one long-acting shot, which I give at night usually at home. I will now be using an insulin pen for my long-acting insulin too!
No more syringes. No more being careful not to drop the vial of insulin on the ground. No more trying to get rid of all those pesky air bubbles! I no longer will have to use syringes out in public during the occasional night that I’m out late or worse, wait a few hours after the usual time to give it so that I can do it at home.
This makes me very excited! Especially since I have an upcoming trip to Chicago! I really didn’t want to be using regular syringes on this trip or have to draw up the dose in a syringe on a bus.
Using an insulin pen is very easy. The cap (the far left portion that looks like an actual pen cap) comes off and a small needle, called a pen tip, is screwed on. The dose is “dialed up” using the gray twisty portion on the far right, near where the window of numbers is shown. Then the dose is administered by pushing down on the purple end. So much simpler than using a vial and syringe!