Video Blog – Bad Habits

By | 18 February, 2011

Tim & Alison confess their bad diabetic habits. Obviously this is a very short video, as neither of us have any bad habits. No siree, not us, oh no. Never.

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About Tim

Diagnosed with Type One when he was 28, Tim founded Shoot Up in 2009. For the diabetes geeks, he wears a Medtronic 640G insulin pump filled with Humalog and uses Abbott's Libre flash glucose monitor.

14 thoughts on “Video Blog – Bad Habits

  1. Michael

    Great video-blog today! It’s almost guaranteed that when injecting through light clothes you’ll get a “gusher,” as we dub them over here in the States. Oh, and changing lancets? Don’t recall last time I did that… (note to self: maybe it’s time.) Usually, I do it a couple times a year when our Daylight Savings Time kicks in or goes away, so we change the clocks and lancets and that’s also when I check the fire alarm batteries in the house! Anyhow, so many more bad habits I can’t even think of now… Thanks for another great one!

  2. Richard

    Well.. i only started on insulin in December, and i have tried to be good, but have started to develop bad habits.

    i did start changing the lancet every test, then every day, and now its every few days. sometimes it seems just like too much effort. i started using an accu-chek multiclix, and now if i remember i twist the top to change the lancet every day.

    i do change my needle every time, but if im not at home i do tend to inject through my clothes i just find it a little more discreet

  3. Mike

    @alison I’m with you on the lancets.. I’m more aware of needles now though, although I did like yourself give @tim some abuse when I saw him change needle at every injection.

    Saying that, I do have to pay full retail for needles/lancets (using Multiclix) and without much of a thought probably conserve them where possible.

  4. lizz

    Oh! I thought it was only me that didn’t change lancets each time! Oh, oh, oh! How wonderful to feel normal. Well you know. Almost normal. Well normal for someone abnormal anyway.

  5. Hairy Gnome

    I can’t work out if you’re all mad or raving masochists! You don’t even need to look at the graphic before and after pictures to know that every time you poke a needle or lancet through your skin it gets a little bit blunter. If you use a lancet three, four, or five times a day for a week, by the time you get to the end of the week you may as well be poking yourself with a welding rod. Even worse with needles, you need to factor in the possibilities of infection too, and your injection sites turning into a mass of useless fatty lumps. Me? I’ll stick to using a new lancet and a new needle every time, and you can take the pi$$ out of me as much as you wish.

    I do have to make a small confession though, now I’m using a MultiClix finger poker, I sometimes can’t remember if I’ve dialled a new lancet or not, so I could possibly be using the same one twice on some occasions. 🙂

  6. Alison

    @Teloz, I’ve seen the drug company marketing spiel too, and believe me, if it hurts I change it. And if when I was on injections my legs were a festering mass of angry red lumps, I’d have done something about that too. But the reality is slightly more dull, it was all fine and when it eventually started to hurt I’d change to a shiny new poking device. I’m such a rebel, I sometimes reuse my supposedly expired pump batteries in my TV remote and they last for months! 🙂

  7. Mark

    Excellent video and thank you for posting! Please do more of them. (And, yes, I am trying to get caught up on all my reading!)

  8. Tim Post author

    @mark – hello stranger! You’ll be thrilled to hear there are loads more videos waiting to go up – some of them actually make some sense. I suspect the next will go up on Saturday morning – now there’s something to brighten up the weekend! 🙂

  9. Dave

    Revisiting an old one: @alison – I’m concerned. April has conspired to give us four bank holidays within the space of just over two weeks. I’m concerned that your now tough fingers, used to being stabbed by the equivalent of a fork, will get used to the new found lightness of the ‘sharp’ stabbers and rebel against you in May. I propose we join the campaign to move one of the May Bank Holidays (in England) to October to preotect your delicate digits.

  10. Alison

    @seasiderdave I share your concerns, plus the impact on NHS budgets caused by such a sudden and dramatic increase in my lancet usage. I suspect laziness may mean that I combine the bank holidays into one and just do a single change!

  11. Dave

    Good work @alison. The coalition govt will be proud of your budgetary measures.


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