Help! I don’t know how much insulin I just gave

Discussion in 'Lantus / Basaglar (glargine) and Levemir (detemir)' started by Julee, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Julee

    Julee Member

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    I was distracted when preparing the syringe and when I gave it to Tooters I didn’t look at it. It just seemed like a lot compared to normal. I usually fill to 1 - 1.5cc when prepping and the tap for air and squirt out extra til I have his .5cc dose. What should I do? should I test every hour for six hours?? Please help.
     
  2. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Did you test before giving the insulin? What was the result?

    Yes, you need to test at least hourly until we know for sure that Tooters will be safe.

    Do you have high carb food?
     
  3. Julie and Honey

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    Also, did not see recent readings on spreadsheet. If you have blood glucose data available at least for any readings for the last day or so would be helpful for people to help you until you know your kitty is safe. Even if you just have them in the meter and can list them here that would help, time taken, ie AMPS, +6, etc. BG reading, dose given, etc.
     
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  4. Julee

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    Updating SS now
     
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  5. Julie and Honey

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    Do you have some high carb wet food or karo syrup or honey if needed?
     
  6. Julee

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    I have dry high carb food. But I do have honey and karo syrup.

    I just finished updating my spreadsheet. For those that don't know me and Tooters, I work retail, so that is why his test times are not consistent.
     
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  7. Chris & China (GA)

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    I think I remember that you have a strange schedule and can't always shoot at exactly 12 hours, correct?

    If that's the case, I just want to remind you that shooting early can act like a dose increase so you have to be careful about the overlap

    For tonight, just grab a +1 and +2 and let's see how it goes since you're not sure what you gave.
     
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  8. Chris & China (GA)

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    If he dropped from 417 to 221 in 2 hours, you're definitely going to need to keep testing.

    I'd test again at +3

    How good of an eater is he? If you gave him a little food now (like a teaspoon or 2) are you pretty sure he'd eat again if you needed him to?
     
  9. Julee

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    Recheck my spread sheet. I was fixing it and had some wrong numbers in it for awhile.
    He has gone from 299 to 221 in 2 hours.

    He has ate food since giving shot. He is free-food eater and has eaten a couple of times already.
     
  10. Chris & China (GA)

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    OK.....that's better

    I'd grab a +4 just to be careful
     
  11. Julee

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    153 at +3

    I'm going to feed - using dry food that is higher carb

    I think I need to continue to test... Agree??
     
  12. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Yes, keep testing
     
  13. Julee

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    Just fed Tooters - mixed dry food with wet food and about 1 tsp Karo syrup. I’m setting alarm for +2 hours.
     
  14. Bron and Sheba

    Bron and Sheba Well-Known Member

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    Chris has probably gone to bed now. I’ll be around if you need any assistance.
     
  15. JL and Chip

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    You're in good hands with the others and I won't be online much longer, but a couple of quick questions come to mind:

    1) What is the maximum amount of insulin you might have given? I'm talking worst case scenario. Would it be 1.5u? 3u? More?

    2) Do you know where the closest 24x7 emergency animal clinic is located and how to get there? How long does it take to get there?

    Overdosing Lantus can have longer duration than your normal dose -- sometimes 18 hours or so -- so it's important to be vigilant and keep testing.

    Also, the time to figure out how to get to the nearest ER is not when you're under duress. Yep, know that one first hand. :)

    By the way, I'm not suggesting that it's time to head to the ER ... just that it's important to be prepared.
     
  16. Julee

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    So after I fed dry/wet food last night he tested at 180. This morning he was 489. So maybe I gave him the correct amount? I gave him .5 shot. He tested 490 2 hours later.
    Thanks for everyone’s help. It really stresses the importance of double checking no matter how long you have been doing this.
     

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