If your child is on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) and gets more than one insulin, colour code your insulin vials so you don't accidentally give the wrong insulin. Twice. In the span of three days. Not saying I did that. But I'm not saying I didn't do it either.
For example, Elise gets Humilin (N) and diluted Humalog (DH) in the morning, DH at dinner, and N at night. On a white label, we write a big N or DH with a Sharpie, the expiration date, and we colour the label with a highlighter. N is pink, and DH is blue. I'm a very visual person, so when I'm looking up the doses on our refrigerator cheat sheet (yes, I still look at the cheat sheet because her insulin doses change on a weekly basis - YOU try to keep up with all those numbers), the doses are also highlighted with the correlating colour. I know at dinnertime, I need to grab the blue vial.
And if I'm unsure that I gave her the right type of insulin, all I have to do is remember the colour of the vial I grabbed, instead of trying to remember if it had an N or DH on it.
Just one way to make this exhausting disease a wee bit less exhausting.
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