By dhopfer Latest Reply 2015-02-16 07:21:43 -0600
Started 2012-02-01 17:23:57 -0600

Hi Yall. I have got to go to the doctor. No matter what I do, how much food I eat my sugar drops at least two times every day. I am eating what I am suposed to and the portions I am suposed to and I eat snacks. So I am eating 5 times a day and I still drop. I drop so sudden that I dont have time to do anything. I am very thankful my man is with me. He helps me get my sugar back up. I have to get this better under control before I go back to work. How can I even drive???? This is sooooo frustrating. I wish… I am scared!!!!!!! I just feel like cryin and that sure aint gonna help anything.

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dhopfer 2012-02-03 10:24:44 -0600 Report

Hi Yall! Just got home from Doctors. Doc says I am doing everything I am suposed to do. She said my diet is perfect and so is my excersize. But my BG is like a mendulam Swinging low and Hi with no reason. So the brittle Diabetes was a corect term. She put me on Januvia once a day that is supposed to stop the highs and lows. I had just as many highs as lows but the lows were certainly more noticable. I take this new medication with my currant metformin and I go back to see Doctor Tuesday. I pray this works. Thank yall for your support. I know this will not be an automati fix. I know this will take time to get regulated.

jigsaw 2012-02-04 08:26:31 -0600 Report

I hope it helps! I take Januvia and have had no side effects over a one year period. I hope you will let us know if it helps.

dhopfer 2012-02-04 12:25:01 -0600 Report

Thank you, I hope it helps too. I have not had a low yet since I started taking it yesterday. My bg is realy steady. I feel much better. Thank you for your support and care.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-02-02 22:09:29 -0600 Report


I am sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble keeping you blood sugar levels under control. I can't offer you advice but just wanted to say hi and to offer you some support here. I am glad that you have a partner who is being a team mate in helping you, that's a lot. And I'm glad that you are here with us. It looks like you are getting a lot of advice and support here.

It can be helpful to fight the fear factor with facts. Have you talked to your doctor or a diabetes educator about how to handle the emergencies that you mentioned? It might be helpful to have plans in place, not only to avoid emergencies but to have protection in place in the event that you are in an emergency situation. And I suspect that you are in close touch with your doctor as you struggle with keeping your blood sugar levels stable?

I am hoping that you have more success in getting things under control. My thoughts are with you. Please keep us posted.


dhopfer 2012-02-03 06:42:09 -0600 Report

Thank you Dr, Gary. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and a strong support group threw people here and personal freinds. I will advise after my Doctors app. this morning.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2012-02-02 19:14:28 -0600 Report

Hi dhopfer: I too have that same problem, but mine goes up as well. It's called Brittle Diabetes. Now I can't swear that's what you have, you need to see your Dr. and while your there be sure you get a perscription for a medicaton called GLUCAGONE. It's a shot to take when you drop to low, this seems to be a real problem for you and you need to have this shot on board just in case. By low I mean 45 or lower. The 2nd best thing to do is to put a teaspoon of real sugar under your tongue and let it desolve. If you need to, do it again. It brings your sugar up fast. Then once it's in the safe zone eat something with protein in it. Peanut butter on bread or graham crackers or plain crackers. Best of all a meat and cheese sandwich on bread with milk. I wish you the best and let me know how it goes. Hugs to you, Valentine Lady P.S. I want you to know this is a serious condition, take care of it…

dhopfer 2012-02-02 19:47:51 -0600 Report

Thank you Valentine Lady. I use honey to bring my bg up. It does not choke me and Hank my hubby can get it into my mouth very easy. It gets absorbed threw the mouth and takes about 15 seconds to bring me around. I know this is serious and I am scared!!!! I am scared it will go down sometime and he will not be able to bring me back!! I am scared to drive or to be alone. This has got to be fixed ASAP. I am 40 years old and was diagnosed almost 4 months ago. I will let yall know what Doc says. Take care of your self and God Bless.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-02 18:22:14 -0600 Report

What medicine if any are you taking for your diabetes? Sounds like they may need adjusting if you are on any. In the mean time keep those glucose tabs with you and if exercising, eat snack before. Do you know the signs of low bg? It is important to take note of how you are feeling. Some times it may be a clammy feeling, getting warm or feel like it's alittle hard to breath, sweating down neck, back ,bad balance, sleepy and more. You may have some of these or others happen and just don't pay attention to it being bg dropping. It can definately be a scarry feeling passing out, I know.

Maybe ask your partner if he notices anything strange in your behavior before it really drops.

Good luck, and let us know what the dr said.

dhopfer 2012-02-02 19:41:41 -0600 Report

Yes, I do have some of those and a few others. The bigest thing my hubby sees before I go out of it is my eyes look droopy like I just woke up. Then within seconds I am out of it. Other wise,I feel sweaty almost feverish and I shake, walk drunk, cant talk, cant think then become unresponsive and have no memory of anything. I take 1000 mg a day of metformin 500 in the morning when I eat and 500 with supper. Honey works the best for me to bring it up. Its thick so it doesnt choke me and it sits against the jaw and is obsorbed thrue the mouth. I have so far had two black outs today. I go to the doctors 7:30 in the morning. Thank you for your concern and I will post on here what doctor says.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-02 19:58:22 -0600 Report

Ok, since you do know the symptoms, you must act when they first start. I usually get hot, and I'm always cold! Used to get alittle sweaty behind my neck but that doesn't happen until way too late. My husband said he can tell as I too get the sleepy eyes, clammy. I have to keep the glucagon kit with me. Orange juice brings my bg up fast or a 1/2 cup of milk. I donot take oral meds as I'm a life long insulin user, but it may be that you don't need that dosage of meds or even any at all. You may be a diet and exercise only person. Ask the dr if you can possibly try to manage yourself without the meds as long as you are good with diet and exercise.

Look forward to hearing from you after dr appt.

dhopfer 2012-02-02 20:05:48 -0600 Report

I wish I could act when it first starts. Sometimes I can catch it and act or call my honey for help other times like these last few days maybe a week, there is no warning. Hubby sitting right beside me watchin TV and we are talkin next thing we know I am unresponsive. I sure hope the doc can help. It happens so fast. Have you heard the term "Brittle Biabetes". I just heard it and looked it up. Sure sounds like me!!! What is a Glucagon kit?

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-16 07:21:43 -0600 Report

I have a glucagon kit, I take it with me everywhere I go and I make sure those around me know how to use it. its great, Your doctor needs to write a prescription for it. There are videos on youtube. I am going to go on the pump this week, they tell me it will help with those moments, as the pump will let me know if I am going low. so I am looking forward to getting started on the pump. Good luck with this, and try not to worry, stress will mess your numbers up real good. hang in there, it will get better :)

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-02 21:03:42 -0600 Report

A glucagon kit is a hormone that raises the level of glucose in the blood quickly, and is given by an injection of a much larger needle into a muscle. It is recommended all insulin users should carry one, but if you don't have problems with low bg, most don't carry one. It is very expensive, thankfully my insurance covers it and I get two kits at a time. It comes with the needle already in the vial and you just push the plunger into the powdered hormone and mix it. Adults usually take the entire vial, if not it is only good for a week after mixing. Since you don't do insulin, I would ask the dr if it is something you can use.

Brittle diabetes, is almost always in referrence to type 1 diabetics. It is when we go too low and too high based on several reasons. It can be caused by not having controlled diabetes. Mine is caused from being diabetic for too long. I have gastroperesis as well as cancer and no thyroid gland, other illness and too many meds, so it all plotted against me and well, here I am. It is rare for type 2 diabetics to have brittle diabetes, but not unheard of. I'm just thinking you may not need the meds, need to eat better, like more protein, good carbs, etc, and learn to sense when you are starting to drop before it gets crazy low. It all takes a juggling act and time to get it together. With any luck, the dr will tell you no meds, exercise and diet control. Oh, I'm not saying diet as in lose weight, unless you need to, but the way you need to eat daily:)

I hope I explained it ok, if not ask me more.

dhopfer 2012-02-02 22:06:03 -0600 Report

Thank you. I eat right, I am very "consious" of my diet. I have my carb counter and follow very closly. Thats one of the reasons this makes no sence. I am trying to loos weight and have lost 27 pds todate. You certainly answered my questions very well and thank you.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-02 22:20:14 -0600 Report

That is great you lost weight, you don't look as if you needed to? I'm just trying to follow all angles to make sure we get you under control and not have to be scared of passing out again. I know how it is and always have someone with me when I go out as well as at home. I would love to be able to just up and go like I used to, and know all will be ok. My family is very close, so it isn't like anyone has to go out of their way for me, but it is like pulling teeth for me to be alone. I know, I count myself blessed.

Anyway, look forward to the dr report. Hang in there it will get better!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-02 22:32:15 -0600 Report

You have to have a prescription and the cost is over $100 for a kit, mind you it is usually a one shot deal as an adult usually needs the entire vial. Most insurance companies will either cover it, or you pay the co-pay for a brand name. It is for extreme emergencies only and the person should try to raise bg by eating a fast acting carbs and then add a regular meal to avoid bg dropping again.

dhopfer 2012-02-02 11:12:46 -0600 Report

BG 162 after breackfast and meds did 15 min on treatmill and droped to bg109 then it droped lower and I blacked out again. Gonna have to take stock in honey company the way I am going thrue it to get my sugar back up. There is no reason that I can see for it to drop so much so fast. Looking forward to doctors in the morning.

byrun 2012-02-01 17:29:49 -0600 Report

Where are your Bg #'s?

dhopfer 2012-02-01 18:54:50 -0600 Report

This morning 7:30 122bg. 11am 52bg. lunch 110. 4pm 57bg. super 129. Before each drop I had eaten a meal and then a snack of fruit and peanutbutter crackers.

dhopfer 2012-02-01 18:57:05 -0600 Report

These numbers are about the same everyday. for about two week now and I only take 1000 metformin a day.

jigsaw 2012-02-01 20:00:07 -0600 Report

When do you take the Metformin? Do you take two 500mg at one time,or 1 500mg twice a day? I s your blood sugar dropping a while after you take the met or before you take the met? Obviously you need to see your doctor as soon as possible, because low bg can be very dangerous. I am curious to know how and when you take your meds. Hopefully your Doc will pin point the cause.

dhopfer 2012-02-02 07:39:27 -0600 Report

My sugar drops about 2-3 hours after taking the metformin. This happens not matter what I eat. I am having to eat stuff I am not supposed to have like pasta just to get my sugar up. Last night I had eaten a porkchop (baked) greenbeans, 1 piece of bread and fruit at 530pm. Droped to 49 at 7:43pm ate more fruit, peanut butter crackers and my sugar was only 115. Had to eat more just to prevent it from droping suring the night while I slept. I am eating soooo much food. I cant loose weight like this and I sure dont feel real good

dhopfer 2012-02-02 08:40:09 -0600 Report

Yes I just saw dietican a little over a week ago. I saw a doctor two weeks ago. I am hopefuly going to the doctor today. Waiting for her to open

dhopfer 2012-02-02 20:15:12 -0600 Report

No. I was diagnosed almost four months ago. I was sent home from work. Had a spell and Hank took me to hospital BG was 370 they put me in hospital and they started me on Metformin and glipizide. Had a reaction to the glipizide so now I only take metformin.

jigsaw 2012-02-03 06:04:08 -0600 Report

Let us know what your doc has to say! I suspect with some good medical advice from your doctor, you'll be fine!