Me and my pen
Yep, I’m really liking my new pen. And the juice in it. More on the juice in a minute. Let’s focus on the delivery device first. A while back I reported that I was being driven crazy by the necessity of spinning the dial 360 and pulling out the base to set the dose. Sometime after that, I realized that there is a raised section on both the barrel and the dial. You can do the spin-and-pull in the dark, at the bottom of a 300 foot coal mine, at midnight, during a lunar eclipse. Although, hopefully you’ll never need to.
I find that I’m pulling the cap, unsheathing the needle, and doing the spin-pull thing in auto pilot while I’m making up my mind about how much insulin to take. Reader’s Digest Version: it’s no big deal in the end. I’m totally use to it and it doesn’t bug me or slow me down in the least.
The pen is much smoother in its action than it’s Novo counterpart. Delivery is smooth and fast.
I’m partial to things monochrome from years of B&W photography and lab work, so I really like the look of the pen. White barrel, grey cap. Clear insulin chamber and a clear plunger. Even when the pen is almost empty it looks good. Both the Novo and Lilly pens won’t let you dial more than what’s left in the pen. Nice safety feature, that.
As to the juice, the Humalog is working better for me, in my body, for the moment. I don’t think for a minute that it is a superior insulin to Novolog. I used Novo for years and had good results from it until recently. Maybe my body just adapted to it or something. Who knows. I’m glad we have more than one to choose from.
How better: my excursions are lower and end faster. That’s worth the (insert favorite expleivie) $55 co-pay to me. Even though I could get the other stuff for free. Damn. But, let’s face it, the most important investment a D-folk can make is in an insulin that really works for him or her. Right?