I love NovoLog. Why? Well, it’s a bit of a story. You see, I’ve been pumping since 2006, and all that time I’ve been using Humalog in my pump. In the last year though, I’ve been having a really hard time controlling my blood sugars because it seems that my insulin wasn’t reacting as quickly as it had been in the past. I’ve always been what they call a “brittle diabetic”, and so I’ve been struggling just to get my HbA1C below 8 for the first time. Humalog is suppose to reach it’s peak in about 90 minutes, but it wasn’t doing that for me anymore. The problem was that the insulin didn’t seem to peak until nearly 3 hours, and stayed in my system for 5 to 6 hours. So my CDE at the time suggested I switch to Apidra, which was a new type of insulin that’s suppose to be even faster acting than Humalog. Boy, what a fiasco that was!
I tried using Apidra for 6 months I think? It was actually worse than Humalog as far as speed goes, plus it lasted 7 hours. I kept troubleshooting “other causes” as to why it was not behaving per specs. At one point, it seemed as though it wasn’t working at all, so I tried to get it replaced, and was never able to because both my Walgreens and Sanofi denied responsibility for it failing. Then I finally got someone to take responsibility for it when I cornered a Sanofi rep at the ADA Scientific Sessions on the trade floor, with a line full of people behind me listening in. A week later they sent me a return shipping container so they could “evaluate it”, before they decided what to do about it. By that time though, I had already replaced it myself out of pocket since insurance wouldn’t help, and decided not to bother getting it replaced through Sanofi because I decided that after my current bottle was empty I would never use it again. It’s ashame too, because I like the outreach that Sanofi does. I’d love to use their product, but it just doesn’t work for me. Anywho, in the past, when I lived in Chicagoland, I just walked into Walgreens, told them I had a dead bottle of insulin, and they replaced it without any questions. That sure didn’t happen here in Iowa!
So anyway, in late August, I fired my endo for a nurse practitioner who is awesome, and she sent me home with 2 sample bottles of Humalog again. Things were better than Apidra, but still having the same problems. My new nurse practitioner tried adjusting my pump settings, but that didn’t help much either.
Then my insurance policy changed. The cost of my Humalog copay was going to double in an effort by the insurance company to get me to use NovoLog. Well, that’s enough to get me to try the NovoLog. So I filled that prescription a couple weeks ago, and last week I filled my first reservior with NovoLog. I’ve noticed that all week, my insulin is working the way it’s suppose to, and I’ve only had a few hours above 200 all week. According to my Dexcom, as of today, my blood glucose average for the last 90 days is 178, but my blood glucose average for the last 7 days is 146! I was happy with the 178 when I saw it, but when I saw the 146, I was ecstatic! I know, I know, it’s only 7 days, but it’s still exciting. So that’s why I love NovoLog.