Ever get Low Blood Sugar when Driving??

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-08-27 17:42:40 -0500
Started 2011-08-24 14:15:53 -0500

Driving down the freeway today, began to get very shaky inside, clammy hands, feeling anxious, I knew beyond a shadow of doubt, blood sugar was dropping fast. Heavy traffic coming and trying to find a place to pull over to, very scary feeling…
I could not understand had just tested before this drive and was fine and bingo, #'s dropped fast. Thank God,I could finally pull over and grabbed hard candy out of my bag…I know I have been stressed this week but I have never been driving when it came on so very fast..I sat in car until I felt better, quickly got a coke, and finally came back up…This ever happen to you when you were driving?? The sad thing prior to driving was refilling my usual snack bag with all my usual snacks in case of low blood sugar and my bottle water,small coke. I always carry with me, but was in a rush and left it at home for the first time…Will never make this mistake again…

13 replies

Theon 2011-08-27 17:42:40 -0500 Report

Yes, this has happened to me several times. I have gotten lost because of my blood sugar level dropping so fast, even with testing prior to leaving. It is quite frightening. I always carry snack foods, but I don't always know soon enough to take care of myself. I avoid driving alone as much as I can. It is frustrating because I have to depend on someone. I truly hate that.

JDCA2025 2011-08-26 11:14:34 -0500 Report

Always carry some candy in the car, it can be a real help. One time I got low on a highway with no shoulders ( i.e. with no way to pullover) and I had to down a bunch of those suckers while driving. If a remember correctly, I think there was a court case a few years ago where a diabetic got low while driving, passed out, and caused a massive accident. So yeah, always good to be careful about that.

Jupeto 2011-08-26 07:21:06 -0500 Report

I have had those shaky feelings of Lows - more than once. Being retired, i have the advantage of being near my home most of thetime. Lots of liquid sugars kept just for me. small cans of Soda, juice, (cranberry juice or orange juice) and milk. I do carry a kit - (red lunch bag) with snacks and quick fixes in the car. I have had the feeling while driving and reach for a soda and usually pull over at the next opportunty to check everything out. It is scary and hope you do not go through it again.

waricks 2011-08-26 00:23:59 -0500 Report

I am glad to hear that you were able to get to a place where you could take care of yourself. I know how scary that feeling is. I have never had it happen while driving but one late night I was working alone in the warehouse and I started to get shaky and that feeling something was wrong. I went to my office and did a test and I was at 39. Like you I normally carry an emergency kit with me but I had it in our other car and forgot to put it back in mine so I had nothing to help me. I did not think I had time to wait for 911 so I did a stupid thing and drove myself to Jack in the Box, which is about 4 min away. I called my wife on the cell and told her to keep me talking until I got there. Now I never forget to have my kit with me and have placed a second kit in the other car so I do not have to keep track of it.

MoeGig 2011-08-25 23:25:57 -0500 Report

Hi MewElla. This was, at one time, my biggest issue. After many years of Type 1, your adrenal gland stops sending you a warning, and the next thing you know, you're passing out. I have had incidences of not remembering the way home, taking the wrong turn, stopping the car because I "was lost" (in my neighborhood), and being driven home by a neighbor, waking up sitting on the sidewalk while EMT's are pumping glucose into my veins. (I know, this sounds pretty horrible). Now, I always have cokes in the car that I can quickly drink (while driving if I see it coming). The only suggestion I would have is to keep a liquid sugar supplement. For me, candies or other solid food carbs take too long to "kick in". I know the liquids are more of a pain to carry around, but they work three times faster than solids. Now that I'm on a lower carb diet that let's me minimize Humalog. I think that the more Humalog you take to balance off the higher carb diet you might want to have, the more difficult it is to avoid the lows. Congrats on your control.

nzingha 2011-08-25 18:52:35 -0500 Report

yep.. when i was first diagnosed and didnt quite understand.. i actually blocked out and ran in the back of a car and there was a baby in the back. the drivers jumped out and were ready to chastise me for careless driving then they realised what was happening to me.. we became good friends afterwards.. It has never happened to me since.. I always carry something in my handbag and in my car!

tabby9146 2011-08-25 11:22:14 -0500 Report

very scary, sorry that has happened to you. it has never happened to me. I always make sure I have something. When I was first diagnosed I wll never forget someone I know who has had diabetes a very very long time, she gave me some advice and said right away, put a can of coke under your seat. I don't do that, but it isn't a bad idea at all.

alicejoart 2011-08-25 00:20:57 -0500 Report

I always have my snacks with me now. If I am driving I can pull into a drive-thru and get a Coke. I try to eat my snacks before driving although I sometimes have to rush home at 4pm to take my readings and medications while being a little low. I would err on the side of caution and drive as safe as possible.

Copperchef 2011-08-24 17:04:46 -0500 Report

I always carry a pack of lifesavers in the car. Just some hard candy, always have since I was diagnosed. It always seems that when I am in a hurry, I end up with low BS while driving. Life savers really work and I only need to use one.

klmpuffy26 2011-08-24 16:08:19 -0500 Report

You should see if you could get the dexcom. The Continuous blood sugar device. It would alarm you if you began to drop at a rapid pace.

Debbiejf 2011-08-24 16:08:03 -0500 Report

Yes it's happened to me quite a few times and I've been fortunate enough to be able to pull into someplace to get something to help me. It's also happened to me at my own dr.'s office and they aren't prepared to deal with the situation! They only have the little cracker packs and juice boxes. It almost always happens when I'm there for fasting blood work, problem is that I'm kept waiting for hours evey time. My doctor actually had to call 911 on one occasion! But my brother lived nearby and I asked them to call him to bring me high sugar juice. I should have gone to the hospital but I had our only vehicle and didn't want it to be left at the dr.'s office with no way to get back to get it, of course I wasn't thinking clearly and my brother could have picked up my boyfriend and taken him to get it. But I just had my brother take me to his house until I felt well enough to drive home. I don't ever go to my dr.'s office again without my juice. Hawaiian Punch is the only thing that works quickly enough for me, seriously.

jayabee52 2011-08-24 16:00:36 -0500 Report

I am so yery sorry you experienced that Mary! I am thankful to God you made it to the side of the road, and was able to bring your BGs up again.

I have not had such a experience such as that. My only recorded low was when I was still working as a CNA and hadn't eaten breakfast after taking my Met. I got down to 40. Fortunately I was able to take my BG readings and correct for it with a warm can of orange soda. It's never happened when driving. When I drive long distances, I usually keep my BG#s between 130 & 140 so I don't go low.

I am thankful that you had no mishaps


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