Scary Low Blood Sugars

By sisson Latest Reply 2008-11-29 15:42:03 -0600
Started 2008-11-29 13:29:54 -0600

Hi Every one!
Last Sat I went to the movies with my family and before we went to see Bolt we went to eat I know it wasn't the best choice of meals but I wasn't the one paying any way I ate 3 tacos and some nachos and a large dite coke which my granddaughter sevied me. About ahour and a half into the movie I felt realy werried so I ate an gluecerna that I had in my purce and my sugar went down to 39. I had also ate some pichaos and my daugher got upset with me because she said that it was the pichaos and I told her no. I do know that one of my problems was I didn't eat enough but what else went wrong? Can anyone one let me know? My daugther got so mad at me she made me cry I felt like a berdon to her I don't know if I even want to go out with them any more fear of what if that happen again which it will because I never know when my bs will drop! Because I am not that much of a big eater when my daugther treats! Not even then I don't eat that much anymore period! Can someone help me out?

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sisson 2008-11-29 14:17:54 -0600 Report

Yes I do carry my monitor with me at all times! I have the Aucheck atvantege! I want to thank you all for your advice it really helps to talk to someone that knows how it feels when you feel like someone has just sock you in the stomk and knock the wind out of you! Thank you again! Penny

enigmalady777 2008-11-29 15:11:27 -0600 Report

I don't know about anyone else, but when I get one of those low sugar episodes, I feel totally wiped out and tired for the rest of the day, even long after I've gotten my sugar to come back up to a normal level.

ancoto 2008-11-29 15:21:50 -0600 Report

I feel that way too. I just have to force myself to get through the day and help my children with homewrok and stuff.

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Sparrow - 16557 2008-11-29 15:42:03 -0600 Report

It's a good idea to count carbs. Are you insulin dependent? or do you take oral medication? These CAN be adjusted to compensate for the amount of carbs you eat (or don't eat). You have to remember that not all carbs work the same way. Some, like simple sugars (candy, fruit, etc.) act VERY quickly and can cause that spike and then the subsequent crash. Dairy products (like cheese) have more carbs and tend to act slower in raising your blood sugar. Nachos (minus all the toppings) are a "light" carb. They don't supply a lot of carbs and they don't act "quickly" on your system (although they are quicker than dairy or meat products). Learning these things will help when you eat anywhere… in or out of the house.

enigmalady777 2008-11-29 14:02:52 -0600 Report

Do you take insulin?

If so, as mentioned above, it's important to keep some glucose tablets or hard candy in your purse with you at all times. Also keep your glucose monitor with you as well.

I had a low episode on Thanksgiving - I was running a couple errands and driving when I started shaking uncontrollably. I pulled into the parking lot of a grocery, parked and took my sugar to find it down at 63! I popped a couple of glucose tablets in my mouth, waited about 10 minutes, then continued on with my errands.

If you find you are having these low episodes often, and you do take insulin, you may have to adjust your dosage or timing of your meals.

vgarrison 2008-11-29 13:45:01 -0600 Report

It is possible that your bg spiked and like a normal person with a sugar rush, you crashed after wards.

Like ancoto, I too keep a meter on me at all time, I use a freestlye that has a light on it, so I can test in the dark if needed. I also carry hard candy on me at all times just in case…in my "case" that I always carry on me I have my insulin pens, some glucose tabs, some hard candies, and I carry a couple of dollars, just in case I need to hit up a vending machine.

Having a bad low is one of my biggest fears, so therefore I am a girlscout when it comes to being prepared.

There are also sometimes when these things just happen and we dont know why. Don't "blame" yourself, just try to keep it from happening again…that's all we really can do anyway.

Blessed Be

ancoto 2008-11-29 13:37:57 -0600 Report

I always keep my meter with me and some hard candy just in case. Maybe you could try eat something before you go out with your family that way you still won't have to eat much when they treat but will hopefully have eaten enough to keep your blood sugars up. It is just a learning experience you have to try a few things to figure what will work for you. Do you have a favorite snack that maybe you could eat before leaving? Also I know your daughter was probably scared and worried about you, but you really need to tell her how her reactions make you feel and that your getting upset isn't going to help your condition any. Stress can affect your blood sugars so keep that in mind. Maybe ask your daughter to talk with a doctor or nurse educator about the best way to be supportive of you.

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