Did I do the right thing?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-01-21 08:10:05 -0600
Started 2013-01-05 22:31:33 -0600

I'm a type 1 diabetic. I don't always carry my insulin with me when I'm going to make a short trip to the store.

The other day, I was out longer than I wanted to be, got stuck in the store, and was feeling a little woozy.(figured it was a low blood sugar attack) I decided on my way home to stop at a local fast food restaurant and grab something to eat.

When I got home I did my Blood sugars, it was 233. I had no meds or did I take my Insulin before doing this test.

So, I then proceeded to give my self my Insulin shot (regular dose), and take my other meds (blood pressure,etc.)

I went about my regular daily routine when about 1 1/2 hours later I began to have the shakes, which for me was low blood sugar. So, again I did my Blood sugar, and now it was 68.

Was I right in taking my Insulin, or should I've waited till my next meal.

12 replies

Gwen214 2013-01-20 21:19:31 -0600 Report

Some company's have an offer where you can get a meter for free by answering basic questions. The only thing you would have to pay for are strips. I think One Touch offered it at one time, Im not aware if currently offered

Gwen214 2013-01-20 21:15:26 -0600 Report

Yes, you did the right thing, Done that before and my results were the same. I reacted the same way. The thing I do differently now to prevent from happening is stick my machine in my car and keep apple juice in my car, the ones that does not need refrigeration. The juice for me brings my blood sugar up to the 100 and I'm able to make it home.

Anonymous 2013-01-21 08:09:32 -0600 Report

Thank you for your response, I will make sure I have both my meter and something to snack on or drink when in my car.

Type1Lou 2013-01-06 13:29:13 -0600 Report

I never leave home without my meter and fast-acting glucose tablets or liquid so I can test and treat if my BG is low. Before going on the pump in 2011, I rarely carried insulin with me unless I knew I would need it for a meal. From my point of view, if you'd had your meter with you, you could have tested before you had the fast food…(not your best choice to treat an unverified low BG)…what did you order at the fast food place? When you got home and found that your BG was high, how did you calculate how much insulin to inject?…are you on a sliding scale?…did you factor in the amount of carbs in the fast-food you ate and how long it had been since you'd eaten? You need to discuss all this with your doctor so you can get a better handle on your diabetes and how to treat it. Insulin is vital but potent and dangerous if not used properly.

Anonymous 2013-01-06 14:01:01 -0600 Report

I agree, I should of taken the meter with me, I was dumb about that. I did have glucose tablets with me, as I leave them in the car.

At the fast food place I ordered a side salad, with low-cal french dressing, a grilled chicken sandwich and a small diet white soda.

I did not calculate my insulin dosage, I just gave myself the regular dose I normally would take before a meal.

It was 2 hours after I have eaten that I did the blood sugars test and injected my insulin. (i'm not on a sliding scale).

Type1Lou 2013-01-06 14:11:38 -0600 Report

Ask your doctor about a sliding scale if you want to be able to treat high BG's outside of your normal injection schedule. I'd be lost without my meter and have an extra one, just in case my primary one stops working…I truly couldn't live without one. They both use the same OneTouch strips. We all make mistakes but the important thing is to learn from them (see my discussion titled "Survived my stupidity".)

manapua72 2013-01-06 11:59:19 -0600 Report

Yes , we might just be going out for an errand but u never know what's gonna happen … It's good to be prepared … What's nice is I carry my insulin with me 24/7 , in a pump … It makes it a lot easier …

Anonymous 2013-01-06 12:23:42 -0600 Report

I was going to look into getting a pump, but I was not sure what the cost would be monthy as I'm on a fixed income. Is it about the same cost as buying Insulin?

Also, my main question in my post above was, after eating waiting two hours then doing blood sugars and then injecting the Insulin, should I have waited to inject my Insulin till my next meal.

I will now always take my "stuff" with me. I don't ever want to run into problems again.


manapua72 2013-01-05 23:02:10 -0600 Report

U did the wrong thing … U r type 1 right ??? Then u should ALWAYS have your supplies with u …

Anonymous 2013-01-06 06:55:59 -0600 Report

I did not know how I would of administered my insulin or do my blood sugars while I was waiting in line at the check out counter. I did have glucose tablets with me, I had taken a few, but still felt woozy. But, I still decided I needed to go and eat something, substancial.
I had left early in the morning after breakfast, so I knew I was going to be alright until Lunch.
I figured I would be back within an hour or two.
It was the holiday rush, and I did not want to have to carry extra stuff, when I was going to be back soon.
Yes, I'm a type 1, have been for only about 5 years.
If I know I'm going to be out longer, I take all my supplies with me.

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