Question on colds & bg levels

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2011-10-28 07:37:27 -0500
Started 2011-10-25 07:08:30 -0500

I am still testing until I get my second opinion. But now I have a cold & am not feeling to good. I tested my bg & it was 78. Is this still good, I have the shakes this morning & not sure why. I think it's going to be an icky day.


16 replies

berrykins0 2011-10-28 07:37:27 -0500 Report

my blood sugars are little higher than normal when i'm sick as of right now i'm getting over a cold and my numbers have came back to were they normally are . most people have higher numberswhen there sick than normally they do when there not sick thats kinda weird.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-27 07:04:26 -0500 Report

Have you checked your meter with a control solution designed for your brand of meter. Meter accuracy can be off as much as 20% (depending on brand) which can mean your 78 is actually 62 and your are reaching a serious low. Also if you test on an alternate sight your meter will not recognize a low as easily and correctly as testing from a finger. Between meter variation and alternate site testing you could be dangerously bottoming out.
Feel bette soon.

kaiya2465 2011-10-27 07:15:00 -0500 Report

Yes it's not to far off actually. My bg this morning is 85. Lately since I have not been feeling good my bg readings have been all over the board. I think it is time to call the doc this morning. Thanks

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-28 07:05:31 -0500 Report

I know when I am sick my numbers are all over the place with no reasonable explanation. I usually can predict when I will become sick when I get four or more consecutive readings above 154. The higher the numbers the sicker I will be. Two to three days after these readings I’m sick. This is the only positive thing about having diabetes (if anything is positive about having diabetes) as it lets me prepare the upcoming illness.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-26 10:11:33 -0500 Report

Sorry you are feeling bad. Are you taking anything?

kaiya2465 2011-10-26 10:22:32 -0500 Report

Thanks, not yet. I just talked with the pharmacist & she advised me to use Advil cold & sinus. My bg is 90 right now, & sneezing my head off. I will be checking my bg more until I get over this stupid cold.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-26 23:29:39 -0500 Report

Tis the season! Hope it works for you. I used to use Ziacam at the first sign of a cold, but i don't know if i can use it now. It used to work good for me. Also taking Zinc is supposed to knock out a cold fast! Good luck friend, hope you feel better soon.

JustJenny 2011-10-25 09:55:03 -0500 Report

Remember that your meters could be off as much as 20% and if its 20% on the low side, you could be starting to crash. It is especially important to eat, even if you dont feel like it, if you are on medication. Illness adds extra stress to your system, so on sick days, you need to try for control as tight as you can get it, and check your BS more frequenty. A little orange juice to bring your sugar up will help. For me, 78 is low enough to bring on a pretty severe crash. If you don't eat, its only going to get worse until you do. Smaller more frequent meals will keep you more level until things get straightened out. You have to eat something.

kaiya2465 2011-10-25 12:22:31 -0500 Report

Not really sure of what a crash feels like this is all new to me. I tried to eat, but didn't stay.


Heather44118 2011-10-25 19:29:40 -0500 Report

Hi Kaiya, hope you get feeling better soon, try to nibble on crackers, and of course push the liquids. Remember how sugar in your tea spiked you? Well try 1 tea. of sugar, and just sip it.

kaiya2465 2011-10-25 19:57:21 -0500 Report

Thanks Heather…I am keeping a couple of crackers down at a time. I had checked my bg around noon it was 74, & again at 5pm and it was 83. Still feel a little icky but not so shakey.

JustJenny 2011-10-25 13:43:26 -0500 Report

First and foremost I am NOT a medical professional, nor do I play one on TV. :-) OK. Weak, shakey, aggitated or irritated, light headed, unable to think clearly, like its hard to compete a sentence without really concentrating, sweating for no apparent reason. These are common signs of low blood sugar. If you are vomiting, it is important to check you bs very frequently. If you're not keeping food down it will be difficult to keep your sugars up. I recommend you call your physician and let them know what's going on. They can give you instructions based on the type of medication you are taking (oral, insulin injections, etc,) on how you should treat your bs. If you are type II, which I am, In my non-professional opinion, its better to let your sugar run little high at times like these. Hopefully things will be better in a few days and you can get back on schedule. For example, some 7-Up while it will get your sugar up and possibly settle your stomach, may cause your sugar to go a bit high. I can not stress strongly enough that if you are on meds and can't keep food down that you call your doctor.

reneeramaekers 2011-10-25 07:17:26 -0500 Report

I was wondering the same. We went to the world series Sunday and I've felt terrible since !!! My numbers have been down too but I don't feel like doing anything much less eating !!!

Heather44118 2011-10-25 19:28:25 -0500 Report

this is what i keep being told. Too bad eat ;) j/k but relaly small frequent meals. push the liquids. whole wheat crackers, tea, even if you just nibble on thing you have to keep something in your body.