What are different ways of administering insulin for someone with hand tremors?
My grandmother is 88 and has had hand tremors for most of her life. She is also diabetic and requires four insulin shots a day.
- 9am (10 units)
- 12pm (8 units)
- 6pm (10 units)
- 9pm (12 units of Lantus).
Because of her hand tremors, she isn't able to give herself her own shots. Up until recently, we have, as a family, been able to rotate our schedules in order to accommodate her. But now, her care has been too much for us to handle and short of sending her to a nursing home, I am wondering if you all have other options.
So far, I've made a call to her diabetes specialist and asked if there's a way to reduce the number of shots or if there are other sorts of insulin that she could take or if there's a new method (new technology) that could help her administer her dosage herself even with shaky hands (orally or rectally or a patch, I don't know). The doctor will get back to me next week.
I pose the same questions to the fine people on this forum here as well. Could you please educate me on insulin in general as well? I didn't even know there were different kinds of insulin.