We’re all sensible people here. Well, most of us are.
By that I mean that we all know how we’re supposed to behave as good diabetics. We know that if we’re on MDI we should use a new needle each time we inject and we should rotate our injection sites. If we’re on a pump we should change the cannula every three days.
All of us, regardless of insulin therapy method, should use a new lancet each time we finger prick to test our blood glucose. Which, of course, we do regularly (remembering to throw in the occasional random check to make sure there’s nothing untoward that we’ve missed).
We also know that sharps should be collected and disposed of properly – bloody used needles shouldn’t chucked in the office paper recycling bin because we can’t be bothered taking them home.
We all know this stuff; but, and be honest now, how often do we find ourselves slipping into bad habits? Being late to the party I’ve only been a member of the diabetic club for four years and I’ve noticed more and more that I just can’t be arsed changing my needles all the time and putting a new lancet in just seems a bit too much like hard work.
However, I’ve noticed a pattern and for your benefit I’ve plotted this over time using the hugely scientific method of rough guesswork:
As you can see, plotted over time, bad habits do gradually get more frequent; but this is then offset by occasional bouts of guilt. These are brought on by any number of sources – a concerned wife asking about sore-looking eyelids (always a sign of bad BG control with me); a couple of days feeling rough, or just a revitalised determination to manage things well and be top of the class at the next trip to the clinic.
I suppose as long as the bad habits don’t drop beneath a certain level things will be fine. But I wonder if this pattern continues indefinitely – until we get so bad we’re using rusty, three month old needles to inject into our eye as we can’t be bothered moving off the sofa to inject in our blubbery, overweight stomach. I don’t know, maybe some of you old hands can comment.