Big No-No

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2011-12-06 14:30:40 -0600
Started 2011-11-30 16:48:48 -0600

I did a big N0-No & had a Latte today…I will NEVER do that again…Back to normal now. Sure did scare me though.

57 replies

Jan8 2011-12-02 15:40:17 -0600 Report

If i drink coffee with carnation no sugar creamer oh boy does my blood sugar go up because it ihas high fructose corn syrup in it so I save it for when my BG takes a dive and then I really get to enjoy!

margokittycat 2011-12-01 17:50:46 -0600 Report

I drink a sugar free peppermint mocha or carmel mocha latte from Starbucks everyday and it does not do anything to me. I make my own at home to. Sorry to hear that they do a number on you. I do mine with soy milk.

kaiya2465 2011-12-01 17:56:08 -0600 Report

Maybe it is the French Vanilla. I might give it another try with a different flavor…Thank you all for naming some of the ones you drink.

TsalagiLenape 2011-12-01 12:23:30 -0600 Report

I do the big No No's a lot lately due to be stressed out. Ok? But I want to do better yet it seems like Life is throwing me lots of curves! Ugh! Help me and I would be glad to help you! Hugs

kaiya2465 2011-12-01 12:41:25 -0600 Report

Sorry that you are having a rough time. Let me know if you need anything & I will help the best I can!! Hugs

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 19:35:29 -0600 Report

Really? How bad was it? Just today I stopped at Starbucks and got a fat-free, sugar-free chi latte, and it does not spike my #'s! What kind of latte was it?

kaiya2465 2011-11-30 19:42:07 -0600 Report

French Vanilla

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 20:12:04 -0600 Report

I wonder why it spiked you so bad. Did you ask for sugar free? That would make a big difference. I get sugar free vanilla in mine, and I can't tell, and I'm SO picky about that stuff!

kaiya2465 2011-11-30 20:24:27 -0600 Report

I told them "May I get a low-fat sugar-free French Vanilla Latte" But the thing is I was not able to see over their counter so honestly who knows. It was a new place too that I had not been to.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 20:39:23 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear that, i bet they didn't do it right. And that is scary! I don't know if I would want to go back to that one! Or if you do go and try it again, I would make sure to stress it, and also ask to see the bottle of syrup they are using. If if is sugar free, it will say so in big letters right on the front.
Don't give up your treat without a fight! We have to have those now and again!! Take care friend! Peace

SCLWKR 2011-11-30 17:57:05 -0600 Report

Drink lots of water after a bad choice.

kaiya2465 2011-11-30 18:01:32 -0600 Report

Ok, Thank you!!…Hopefully I don't make that bad of choice again…Kicking myself in the rear!

jayabee52 2011-11-30 18:07:46 -0600 Report

please don't be too hard on yourself! We all are human and even those of us who have had diabetes for multiple years sometimes slip up! To slip up = you are human! Or as Renee (dietcherry) has on her profile:
"Good judgement comes from experience! And experience? Well, that comes from bad judgement!"

kaiya2465 2011-11-30 18:13:30 -0600 Report

I will try not to be. I just don't want to see anything above 99. But I don't think that is to realistic…I was keeping it below 99 until that No-No…This morning it was 92

jayabee52 2011-11-30 18:17:27 -0600 Report

well it is good to try to keep the BG down, to be sure, but where the complications start in at about 140 and above or if one is constantly riding the BG roller-coaster.

kaiya2465 2011-11-30 18:22:27 -0600 Report

I will try to remember that 140 number…I am wondering about my blurred vision, been putting going to the eye doc..but I think I need to. Was tryin to find more indo out though before I go.

jayabee52 2011-11-30 18:32:16 -0600 Report

If you are having blurred vision and you've had consistently high BG readings within 2 weeks, if Dr says Rx glasses are needed, you might want to postpone getting glasses until after your BG has normalized. Then have the vision test again and go with that Rx. It would be better paying for 2 vision tests than paying for 2 vision tests and 2 pair of Rx glasses. Your eyeball swells when you've had high BG for a while and it takes a while for the pressure in one's eye to go down to normal.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 19:39:10 -0600 Report

I did not know that! About the swelling eyeballs that is!! You have so much knowledge! Thank God for you! :)

jayabee52 2011-11-30 19:47:17 -0600 Report

Thank you for your kind words. I just like to pass on what I have learned to build up others. I would hate to have happen what Caroltoo says below what happened to her: "I went and got bifocals. Then I brought my blood glucose down and haven't used them since." She recommends one or two months of normalized BG levels before getting a Rx for glasses.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 20:12:59 -0600 Report

No matter how you come across it, you are able to accure it and share it with others. That is a great gift. Thanks again!

watson4042 2011-11-30 17:55:05 -0600 Report

kayla2465, may i ask if it was low-fat or full strength? i dearly love chai latte's. in fact i bought a latte maker just weeks before i was diagnosed!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 19:36:39 -0600 Report

OMG! My new thing is a fat-free, sugar-free vanilla chi latte from Starbucks! A friend got me hooked! And it does not spike my #''s!

Caroltoo 2011-11-30 17:30:17 -0600 Report

My first one, before I learned it was a no-no, was good for about a 200 point rise. Learning from experience, aren't we? Seriously, that's what it's all about for me. Make a mistake, suffer the consequences, and see how I can do better the next time.

kaiya2465 2011-11-30 17:33:01 -0600 Report

The part I didn't understand is that usually I get the shakes when my BS is low, not raised…Is that what happens?

Caroltoo 2011-11-30 17:44:48 -0600 Report

Shakes can be symptomatic of hypo and hyper glycemia. Like you, I notice it more when I'm low, but I know others who are the exact opposite.

Young1s 2011-11-30 17:42:56 -0600 Report

The list of symptoms that you find on some sites, for hypo and hyper, are not the entire lists. Both sides have some of the same symptoms, such as: blurred vision, hunger, drowsiness and rapid heartbeat. I have only seen shakiness on the hypoglycemia side of the spectrum, though.

Caroltoo 2011-11-30 17:57:06 -0600 Report

I went and got bifocals. Then I brought my blood glucose down and haven't used them since.

I'd judge that on how bad your sight is right now, how hard you are working to bring down the BG (and it sounds like you are really trying), and whether you can tolerate the visual situation for a month or two while you get it all sorted out.

On the other hand, a good eye doctor is a necessity because he/she will also be checking for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, etc. The protocols say to have a doctor look at your eyes yearly. That's for care of the actual eye.

Caroltoo 2011-11-30 18:24:05 -0600 Report

Actually, that's a good point, Sherrie, when you think about detached retina and other things that need to be cared for within 48 hours.

jayabee52 2011-11-30 17:21:20 -0600 Report

What happened to scare you Kalya?

kaiya2465 2011-11-30 17:25:24 -0600 Report

Raised my BS up some. I am not used to seeing that # …138 from the 90's

jayabee52 2011-11-30 17:49:27 -0600 Report

really it was not ALL that bad! Damage from highs usually doesn't start till over 140, but it was a bit of a scare, especially if you got the shakes, Chalk it up to a learning experience and then go on about managing your diabetes!

EJMac 2011-11-30 19:13:29 -0600 Report


jayabee52 2011-11-30 20:04:05 -0600 Report

I read it on DC. And perhaps I should have clarified a bit and said SUSTAINED BGs over 140 (and constant roller-coaster BGs too).

Caroltoo may be correct at 150, but to be safe I try to keep mine consistently below 140.

Reminds me of a story I heard long ago: "There was a man who needed a chauffeur and placed a want ad in the newspaper. 3 men responded to the ad. Here was the test: Drive my limo as close to the edge of the cliff as you are able. Candidate #1 drove within 6 inches of the cliff edge. Candidate #2 drove it even closer showing his skill and driving within 1 inch of the cliff edge. Candidate #3 drove 6 feet away from the cliff. Guess who got the job? Candidate #3 who showed good sense and stayed as far away from danger as possible"

Caroltoo 2011-11-30 20:09:13 -0600 Report

Me, too. Despite what the DE, said, I've always aimed for as low as I could. I'm happiest in the 120-130 range. I think the other number is a top-side boundary.

Caroltoo 2011-11-30 19:46:02 -0600 Report

Hi, EJ,
Not James here, but for a littler periferal verification: my diabetic educator told me to stay below 150 to avoid damage. Most of the standards have come down the scale since I was diagnosed 10 years ago, so 140 is right in there. Carol