Glucagon

by Leighann on August 20, 2010

Glucagon

Diabetes Mine has a post about glucagon: Enject’s GlucaPen: Diabetes’ Answer to the EpiPen

We do have several glucagon kits. We keep one in her bag that we carry her supplies and OmniPod PDM around in. Another at home. And one at the school office (though there is no “nurse’s office”).

The issue I have is that when we try to train people, their eyes glaze over. It seems so complex. ESPECIALLY for young kids who only need HALF of the liquid.

Add that to the fact that we’ve never actually used it (knock on wood, I can’t believe I just typed those words, please diabetes gods don’t give us a crazy low) makes it difficult to explain.

I don’t know if in a stressful situation if I, an experienced D-Mom, could remember all the steps, let alone expect someone who is overseeing her at school and doesn’t do the day to day diabetes stuff to remember how to use it.

We NEED glucagon kits that have half the regular dosage for kids. Seriously pharma, I hope you are listening!

I think that for young kids who are in school, there should be glucagon kits (with saline instead of the actual glucagon perhaps) that allow people to learn how to use it properly. (I’ve heard that you can get such a kit from Lilly, though I haven’t tried. 1-800-545-5979)

I would LOVE a glucagon pen and I would LOVE there to be an option of getting it with the appropriate dose.

Here is a video from the dLife YouTube Channel showing how to use a glucagon kit. She seems so calm!

A couple of our glucagon kits just expired so I took one to school to demonstrate to the staff. To tell the truth, I was a little nervous to demonstrate since I haven’t actually done it before. I was surprised at how quickly the powder dissolved. I took a nectarine because we didn’t have any oranges at home. I laughed because I got glucagon all over the principal’s table.

As I explained the circumstances where she might need glucagon (severe low causing seizure or unconsciousness) I saw the momentary look of terror on their faces. I explained that we have not used it and hope not to. But it’s like an insurance policy, you have it on hand and you know how to use it just in case.

I also checked my own blood sugar to show them how it works. Every time I have done this I am surprised at how much the finger prick stings for several minutes. Q rarely complains. As I waited for the number to appear I joked that I hoped it wasn’t too high or too low. It was 110. Phew.

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