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    have started taking insulin, i take it out of the fridge to get to room temperature before i use it, and then put it back in the fridge after, is this ok to do or am i supposed to leave it out of the fridge so the temperature is not always changing.
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    i imagine what you do is OK, but AFAIK once you have started to use a phial it is fine leaving it out of the fridge at room temperature and it will be OK for the week or two until it is used up. Obviously don't leave it where it would get very hot, in sunlight etc. - not that there's much of that in Wales at the moment

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    My DD is now on insulin

    She has been told that it is ok to keep the current insulin you are using out of the fridge and it is ok for upto a month and then you have to stop using it and use a fresh one - the fresh ones should be refrigeratored once you have these from the chemist until use - presume this would be the same for all types of insulin but ring the chemist to double check

    My DD has to take hers to college

    She has also been advised when going abroad to take a couple of spares with her and them get rid of them once she is home even if not used

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    thank you that is what thought, i was surprised to be told that i had to let the dvla about it.
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    yes you will only have a licence for 3 years and have to renew - also travel insurance is affected and life insurance too

    have you had a form to complete so you dont pay for your prescriptions any more

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    Quote Originally Posted by minxbobine View Post
    thank you that is what thought, i was surprised to be told that i had to let the dvla about it.
    diabetes can affect your eyesight hence having to tell the DVLA, my sister has been type 1 diabetic for 40 years and has had lazer surgery on her eyes xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by minxbobine View Post
    thank you that is what thought, i was surprised to be told that i had to let the dvla about it.
    You have to tell the DVLA about any medical condition/medication that you're on for 3 months or more. I only found this out the other day at work. If you don't, and something happens like an accident or another traffic offence and it comes to light, its an automatic disqualification.
    No longer a friend of Tesco. Farewell DTD.

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    Don't want to be alarmist at all here to someone newly starting on insulin, but when it comes to driving as well as informing DVLA and renewing licence every 3 years there are a couple of tips when it comes to driving:

    1. ALWAYS check blood sugar levels immediately before driving. Be sure to take plenty of breaks on long journeys and test before taking the wheel again. [It will probably be best to plan to drive just after eating where possible and to avoid driving just before normal mealtimes, at least until you get experienced at managing your sugar levels].

    2. IF you unfortunately have a 'hypo' whilst driving - and hopefully this will NEVER happen, but its helpful to plan in advance what you would do - apart from stopping and fixing the problem (sugary drink etc) you may need to be able to to demonstrate that you are not commiting an offence of being in charge of the vehicle whilst unfit: So remove the keys and where safe to do so leave the car or move to sit in the back seat or passenger seat until fully recovered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beckieboop View Post
    diabetes can affect your eyesight hence having to tell the DVLA, my sister has been type 1 diabetic for 40 years and has had lazer surgery on her eyes xx
    It is not just your eye sight the dvla are bothered about - its the hypos that you may have

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    Quote Originally Posted by minxbobine View Post
    have started taking insulin, i take it out of the fridge to get to room temperature before i use it, and then put it back in the fridge after, is this ok to do or am i supposed to leave it out of the fridge so the temperature is not always changing.
    I do wonder why people post questions like this. Injecting insulin is serious so why on Earth do you ask a random selection of anonymous people on an internet forum specialising in shopping at Tesco rather than your GP or pharmacist.

    Take no notice of any advice given on this forum and ask the professionals involved.

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