TITLE: Meet Charles
Charles, Taking Lantus® (insulin glargine injection) 100 Units/mL SoloSTAR® since 2007
CHARLES: Hi. My name is Charles, and I'm retired from the Veterans Administration.
I have two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with them. We play games; we walk; we go to the movies; we go to restaurants.
I enjoy cooking with my family. We have a lot of fun cooking meals together. And we enjoy each other's company.
I started painting approximately 12 years ago, and I painted with oils and with acrylic paints, but watercolors sort of really captured my mind, and that's what I’ve stuck with.
TITLE: Title: Diagnosed on Thanksgiving
CHARLES: I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on Thanksgiving Day, three days after my 70th birthday.
At the time, I was engaged to be married, and I had gone over to my fiancée's house for Thanksgiving dinner …
When she saw me, I had lost 30 pounds, and I had frequent urination, and hunger and thirst, and all the classic symptoms. And I'd been ignoring these, so she saw me and said I was going to the hospital, and took me to the emergency room.
When I found out that I had type 2 diabetes, I was shocked. I was amazed, in denial, and a little afraid.
TITLE: EDUCATING MYSELF
CHARLES: I knew nothing about diabetes. No one in my family had had it. It was something completely alien to me.
I found out about type 2 diabetes by going on the Internet and researching it there, talking with my doctor, and talking with people that had diabetes.
Blood sugar levels are very important. I worked with my primary care physician to create a plan to control my blood sugar and set goals for it.
TITLE: Adding Insulin
CHARLES: My treatment plan wasn't helping me control my blood sugar. My doctor decided to add insulin at that time because he felt it would give me better control of my blood sugar.
My doctor and I chose to add insulin to my treatment plan which included healthy eating, exercise, and other diabetes medications.
When my doctor suggested adding insulin to my treatment plan, I was afraid of a couple things. One was the fact that I was going to have to inject myself with needles.
I had this anxiety about insulin because I knew nothing about it, and I felt I had to learn about it.
I found out that insulin could be a tool to help me gain control of my blood sugar.
SUPER: The most common side effect of insulin is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious and life threatening.
CHARLES: I learned about the side effects of insulin online and from my doctor. A major side effect is hypoglycemia, which can be very serious.
SUPER: Work with your healthcare provider to find a dose that’s right for you.
CHARLES: Once I started insulin, my blood sugar was up and down. I couldn't get it under control.
I continued on insulin even though I was having ups and downs because I didn't want blood sugar to control me.
My family gave me a great deal of support because they didn't want anything to happen to me.
Today, I'm in control of my blood sugar and it's a good feeling.
TITLE: Meeting My Certified Diabetes Educator
CHARLES: I met my Certified Diabetes Educator, or "CDE" for short, shortly after I had been diagnosed with diabetes.
My CDE helped me by showing me how to eat healthier–less salt, less bad fats, and eating more fruits and vegetables. She also set me up with an exercise program.
I exercise by walking. I have two 5-pound weights that I carry with me. I walk along Lake Michigan. I love the fresh air; it's exhilarating; and I get a good workout.
A person should talk with their doctor before starting an exercise plan because this could change their insulin requirements.
SUPER: Test your blood sugar levels while using insulin and do not make any changes without talking to your doctor.
CHARLES: My CDE said it was important for me to check my blood sugar regularly…to find out if I was having a blood sugar low.
If I had a blood sugar low, that it was important for me to take immediate action.
TITLE: Reaching Out, Inspiring Others
CHARLES: I became inspired to get involved with the diabetes community by speaking with people and interacting with them.
When I tell people my story, many of them react positively. They can empathize with me because they've gone through the same things that I've gone through.
I explain to people that insulin and a healthy meal plan, exercise, and other diabetes medications can help lower their A1C.
When I mention insulin, people are most afraid of injections – the needles. They think that the needles are large, and painful.
I tell them they need to educate themselves about it; talk to their healthcare provider or CDE; and realize that it's something that can help them.
When people see the insulin pen and the small needles, they think that, "Oh, I can do this."
People come up to me and let me know what they've accomplished – how they've gained better control of their blood sugar. And it's a very rewarding feeling.
TITLE: Adding Lantus® SoloSTAR®
CHARLES: A few years ago, I began using the Lantus® SoloSTAR® insulin pen.
SUPER: Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to any of its inactive ingredients.
CHARLES: I decided to switch to Lantus® SoloSTAR® because it has a 24-hour timeframe, and it helped me better control my blood sugar.
This is the Lantus® SoloSTAR® pen. As you can see, it looks like a pen. It has a clip on it. It's gray in color, so it's easy to identify. Here is a dial, which you dial in your dosage, and if you take the cap off, at the top is where you screw in your needle, and you dial in your dosage and you can take your medication.
Lantus® SoloSTAR® pen
- Follow all instructions as indicated
- Perform a safety test
- Select your required dose
- Inject and hold for 10 seconds
NARRATOR: Before injecting Lantus® SoloSTAR®, be sure to follow all instructions as indicated and perform a safety test to ensure that pen and needle are working properly. After selecting your dose, you should keep the injection button pressed all the way in and slowly count to 10 before removing the needle.
SUPER: Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others. Do NOT reuse needles.
CHARLES: As a traveler, I find the Lantus® SoloSTAR® insulin pen easy to use.
TITLE: My Life Today
CHARLES: In addition to spending time on the things I love, I'm thankful that I chose to spend time actively treating my diabetes and working at getting my blood sugar under control.
I don't feel that diabetes has held me back from doing any of the things that I love to do – traveling, spending time with my grandchildren, my great grandchildren, or painting.
The apartment building that I live in had planned on having an art show, and I placed several pieces in it that were prominently displayed. I've been commissioned several times to paint pictures for people.
TITLE: I’m In Control
CHARLES: I feel that it's important to tell my story so that people would know that diabetes shouldn't stop them from doing the things they wish to do and living their lives as well as possible.
I've learned on my diabetes journey that I control my blood sugar; I don't let it control me.
I'm not going to allow diabetes to paint me into a corner.
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