Eric got me into doing IM injections. first i must say that it requires a syringe long enough to hit the muscle and go deeper that the tiny length of a regular sub q shot. i have found that 8mm is perfect for this.there are different parts of the body (as YDMY) that are very efficient locations to give yourself the injection. I use my upper thigh muscle, as it is very lean, and when i flex this muscle, it is a breeze to hit. after taking the shot, i exercise the muscle a bit, flexing it slightly for about a minute or two.
now, whats terribly important is learning what you ISF is with the IM injection. when i was first trying the first shot out to correct a high BG, i used my regular ISF ( 1 unit brings me down approximately 50 points.) so i used the same mathematics for gaging the injection. i filled up the barrel, and stuck the needle right into my thigh.
within one hour, my BG had come down from over 200 to 125. sweet what i didn’t count on was that the insulin was still in my body for 3 more hours, and what happened was that i ended up crashing. (duh; i hadn’t counted on this.)
i thought that the best way to know how much active IOB i had in my body at any particular time, was to program it into my pump, disconnect from my pump, and then have the pump deliver this “phantom” bolus. this way, i could look at my pump and be aware of what was happening in my body at any particular time. i thought that this was pure genius ( IMHO, ).
so i repeated this a couple of times, but i continued to crash. so after experimenting a number of times, i realized that all i needed was about 1/2 the amount of insulin that i did when i used my pump for a correction. my body just responded differently, absorbing the insulin, perhaps, more efficiently.
so, try this out some time. it is great once you figure it out. it is so nice to know that you, too, can have this kind of immediate control over your blood sugar levels.
leave it to Eric to get me started on one of his crazy suggestions (got to say, though, that i am so glad i took his info and made it mine !