Be honest!

By Diefleu Latest Reply 2012-08-24 04:10:05 -0500
Started 2012-08-17 01:24:12 -0500

Ok I really want an honest answer. When we run low were supposed to have a small snack or a few glucose pills wait 15 min and check. I can't seem to do that. I feel like my world is coming to an end when my bs crashes and I eat like its my last meal. I feel like I'm still dropping after a half a cup of juice. So be honest… Do you stick to the rule book, if not, how do you handle it? My big concern while I'm hyperglycemic
Is that I could still run lower and actually go unconscious. I've never passed out from an episode but does anyone know if you could. Ie: you run low (lets say it's caught at 55), eat a small snack but there is still insulin kicking in… Could I still run lower and pass out, if so how can we say 15g is enough at that moment?

35 replies

CJ55 2012-08-21 22:05:31 -0500 Report

Diefleu, i have had my BS in the low 30's many times actually hit 28 several times. Yes, I have passed out and actually saw my deceased dad. Very scarey. My husband is there with me usually everytime and he is feeding me OJ or regular pepsi. Then I eat peanut butter & bread. I now have a glycopen for a major low, but If i am not alone, my husband gets me food. If alone at 30 I cannot function at all. Dizzy, incoherant, shakey etc.. then I would have to use the pen if I could mix it then Inject myself in time. I am usually not alone thank god because for me it is too damn scary. Last year I was so low 29-30 for 5 hours, could not get my sugars up at all. My entire left side of my face fell/drooped like I had a stroke. Rushed to ER it took another 10 hours to get my sugars back to normal. Still dont kmow about my face if it was from the sugars or a small stroke. That was the worse and scariest time I have had with low BS. \U+127803\U+127803

margokittycat 2012-08-21 18:45:09 -0500 Report

drink a cup of OJ or any fruit juice. It s normal for you to feel like you have to keep eating, it is one of the side effects of Low BS, it happens to all of us at one point in time or another.

To answer the other question, yes yo can eat a snack and still go lower. I have been diabetic for 32 years and I have had it happen numerouse times. I know it is hard to recheck in 15 miutes but you have to do it. If your BS has not went up more than 10 points then eat a small snack protien is the best, peanuts, peanutbutter or whatever your favorite is.

Diefleu 2012-08-21 18:58:09 -0500 Report

Right I know what I'm supposed to do and I know the symptoms, I've had type 1 for over 10 years… I'm really just curious who sticks to the rule and who says forget it, I'm gonna eat my way out of this as fast as possible! I assume this would affect type 1 more then type 2

JSJB 2012-08-24 04:10:05 -0500 Report

Rules were made to be broken but not often. I too say BS on this diet and enjoy my meals especilly when I eat out.

margokittycat 2012-08-21 21:38:25 -0500 Report

It affects both Types, depending on the control and the meds. If it happens around the same time everyday, maybe try eating soem carbs that digest quicker that will keep it from happening. I think most of us stick to he rule, but some of those who eat candy or what ever it maybe, may be the ones that it does not affect as hard as it does thoe of us that are type1.

There are those that don't follow the rules but they are usually the ones that end up having more problems because they don't follow the rules.

ConnieMarie 2012-08-21 09:33:41 -0500 Report

i agree with flipmom…i head after Reese Cups :) or even regular pepsi…i've dropped as low as 40 but never passed out…but it takes a bit to feel better with juice but soda usually seems to spike me quicker…

flipmom 2012-08-21 03:05:51 -0500 Report

what small snack? I go for the gold like snickers candy bar or reeses pb cup.. my bs goes up and I feel good!

Jccandals 2012-08-19 03:47:57 -0500 Report

type 2, metformin, I speak for a type 1 also ( hubby), I had an episode with my blood sugars being low, was just sitting in a parking lot and would not move, I drank a soda pop and it was almost instant that i felt better, but I have battled with my husbands time and again, where he would be, well under 55 and I would give him a tablet or some OJ and he would start to rise, but if his insulin still went down, then I would have to take drastic measures and call the ambulance. Sometimes when a person feels low they dont want to eat. Sometimes they cant ( due to seizures or reactions), but its good to carry something on you that you enjoy eating during these times so the other person has an easier time convincing you. if you are dropping off of a half of cup of juice I am wondering these things ( as a wife who sees the other side): did you exercise that day and not eat enough to compensate? Did you take too much insulin or medication? Did you skip or wait too long for a meal? when it was me who was having the issue I can tell you it was because I skipped a meal, but I would figure out whats triggering you. hopefully that helps

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-08-18 17:06:15 -0500 Report

Yes, it can happen, which is why you have to eat/drink something and keep doing the bg checks to see if it's going up. I have been low enough to pass out, twice in the hospital and the other, in a restaurant not fun. I have also felt the extreme tiredness that happens when low. I keep a glucogon kit with me now just in case.

When too low, I'll chew 2 glucose tabs and if handy drink 1/2 cup of milk as well. The tabs work fast and the milk follows right behind to make sure it continues to rise. I'll make any adjustment needed with insulin later if going higher then my 125 max. I try really hard not to go low, but my body has a mind of it's own at times.

DeanaG 2012-08-18 14:39:40 -0500 Report

I have only suffered from 1 low so far. Very scary!!!
I followed the 15/15 rule that one time.

Nana_anna 2012-08-18 09:28:30 -0500 Report

I quickly grab whatever I have available to help me during those times. I stick with protein snacks, peanut butter is good with limits. I usually go for that, with gram crackers and skim milk. Then I rest until I feel better and recheck.

Diefleu 2012-08-18 13:59:54 -0500 Report

Often after I eat something sweet I will eat peanut butter to not go to crazy with sweets. My way to almost trick myself

Lizardfan 2012-08-18 10:01:26 -0500 Report

I like the graham cracker and milk. Peanut butter won't work for me as it takes too long to break down the fat and I am still dropping further all the time. Weird!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-18 08:27:12 -0500 Report

I usually try to stick to the rule depending on how low I get. If I am in the 40s I am still coherent and in control so I stick to the rule. I dropped about 1 month ago to 26 ate 3 glucose tablets and a small can of OJ, I surely had my carbs. This was the worst I have felt since diagnosed, it scared me and the last thing on my mind was the 15 minute rule.

Lizardfan 2012-08-18 10:00:17 -0500 Report

That's what I am talking about! That OMG is this ever going to end, that is if my brain could work like that during a low!!!

lacat87 2012-08-18 14:28:45 -0500 Report

I know exactly what you and Set apart mean. The lowest for me was about 39, and scarred the crap out of me and took forever it seemed to bring it up. So now if I feel like my bg is getting low, I'll check my bg to see if it is. More times than any I was shaking because of having too many cigs. But don't have that problem with the cigs. cuz they are out of here!!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-18 13:48:37 -0500 Report

OMG you're right, when this happened, I had fallen asleep. Not sure how I woke up, but my first words to my husband was HELP! This is the worse feeling shaking and sweating and almost in tears! You'll do anything at this point to make it go away! :-)

Lizardfan 2012-08-18 15:07:22 -0500 Report

When I get a low @ night and I am sleeping all of a sudden I awaken to the weirdest symptom. The only way to describe it is that I *hear* extreme quiet. Almost a ringing in the ears but not quite. That out of body feeling starts and I know I am headed for a really bad low. I used to get them when my husband traveled so much and I was home alone. Since my cognitive thinking is so skewed during a low that I taught myself to think three words only. Test, treat, help. Never had to call anyone in the middle of the night for help but I sure thought I would have to some times. I am not nearly as bothered by lows as I used to be the latest med Bydureon has been a really good one to stop most of those from occurring.

CJ55 2012-08-21 22:16:24 -0500 Report

Lizard fan, I too have had many night time wake ups due to low blood sugar. You wakeup just enough to hear quietness and then you feel it. The shakyness, dizzyness, weird feeling that you are low. Then check BS .. Yep, 30's again. If my hubby won't wake, it's up to me to stumble into the kitchen and get something to drink fast. Usually i down OJ. Wait, test, More OJ and a snack, then extremely tired & head back to bed. Never ending battle. What amazes me is that my body will wake itself up to let me know my sugar is low. I keep BS testers all over the house.. Bathroom, office, kitchen, bedside table and the car. Never far from one. \U+127803\U+127803

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-19 07:15:18 -0500 Report

I have learned a lot usually have my snack before bedtime and if my hubby is gone I set the alarm to check in the middle of the night. This helps me! Lows are bad and I am trying my best to avoid them. If I need fast acting insulin usually will try to get it out of my system before I go to bed!

daydreamer630 2012-08-17 22:26:51 -0500 Report

I guess it depends on when the low hits. I'm more apt to be precise during the day then in the middle of the night. Also if I'm any lower than 50 I feel so bad I just want to down the carbs until I stop shaking.Though, there have been many instances when 15 carbs didn't help a bit and I continued to drop. On other occasions it works perfectly. For me it just depends on the day. =0)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-17 21:15:58 -0500 Report

I stick to what I am suppose to do. Eating like its your last meal isn't the best route to take if you are eating all the wrong things or too much of it. I am rarely hyper or hypo glycemic. If I feel my blood sugar getting low, I immediately eat two real cookies, or half a real candy bar. Wait an hour then check my BG it is usually back where it should be.

When I am out doing something, I take a snack with me and immediately eat something when I come back home. I can't have orange juice to raise my blood sugar as it raises it too high to fast and this includes a half glass. You should try to find out what you are doing to cause the drops and ways to prevent them as much as possible. Good luck

Lizardfan 2012-08-18 09:58:38 -0500 Report

Candy bars, usually chocolate is what we have in the house do not bring me up from a low at all. The fat in the chocolate does not absorb quickly enough for me and I would just continue to drop. It has to be glucose tabs or OJ for me.

Lizardfan 2012-08-17 13:52:43 -0500 Report

Boy do I feel your pain! LOL! Lows are by far the worst part of diabetes for me. I tend to deal with them by over eating, over testing, and when I get a nasty low it ruins my day. I use glucose tabs, rarely juice, in some rarer events use real Coke until I start coming up. Any sign of starting the numbers upward and I usually have a glass of milk and a snack. Milk will bring me up quickly once I have started up and usually stabilize it until I start to feel better. My hubby helps me out with that passing out concern, he makes sure I don't need help testing, he would get me to the ER if necessary etc. I have had lows shopping and once a very kind lady stayed with me in the ladies lounge at the mall until I recovered. It is so hard to stop trying to end the low by overeating, sorry I can't help you with that as I struggle with it all the time. And, yes, I do get a high rebound! I don't care at that time, I will take it and move on to the next time. It is the only time I will take a high blood sugar and shrug it off. I have had diabetes since 2000 and I have never mastered a better way to deal with it. I just hate that feeling and will do anything to make it go away!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-17 21:35:44 -0500 Report

Lizard if I am going somewhere and it will involve a lot of walking, I eat a few extra carbs. After about an hour of walking around the mall, I eat a piece of candy. I never have lows when out shopping. The last low I had while out of the house was last month. I was at the Police Station for Open House helping one of the officers decorate the roll call room. I started feeling light headed when our Community Relations Sgt came and gave me a cookie. They know I am diabetic so they keep an eye out. The cookie was a help until food was ready to be served. I stay on top of what I have to do when I am away from home.

Lizardfan 2012-08-18 09:56:06 -0500 Report

Good job Joyce! My lows are quirky, some I have no idea why I got them, others I can tell you exactly why. Metformin is NOT supposed to make you have lows…right! I also have hypothyroidism and that affects my lows a lot too. If my meds are not in the proper amounts there you go! Exercise will give me a delayed response and if I don't remember the next day that I had a really long walk the day before=another low. At least I know all the different ways to get them! So that is positive!

Harlen 2012-08-17 12:28:43 -0500 Report

I know it is hard but yes I stick to what works and not what I wish for ,it leads to me going low a lot more often lol If I stick to one pice of hard candy and not give in to the feeling of needing more or having something I know I cant have .
if I go down to 37 I know the 10 grams of carb will make me go up to 89 do to what my ratio to carb is.
Best wishes

genniedevera 2012-08-17 06:11:10 -0500 Report

Based on my experience lately, and you are aware I'm farely new to this, the only rule I'm following is to eat / snack every 2 hours. I was in the ER last Monday and they couldn't figure out what is causing my dizzy spells, going on 2 weeks now…they advised me to check my BS as soon as I start to feel dizzy and I have been. I've noticed that my BS drops between 10 to 20 points almost every 2 hours. I've followed up with my PCP a couple of days ago and she told me not to take my metformin if my BS is at 80. She cut my meds in half and ordered to get my thyroid checked. I'm still waiting foe the result. This might be the cause of my dizziness and the rapid drop of my BS due to faster metabolism… so for now, I don't really follow the 15g, I just eat…hope this helps…I will see my PCP again on Tuesday, I will surely ask about this and the "rule book" …

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