By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-01-22 10:01:31 -0600
Started 2013-01-06 17:04:44 -0600

If my sugar is in its 20s should I go to the hospital ?

52 replies

MoeGig 2013-01-10 14:14:27 -0600 Report

No, if that's your blood glucose, you won't make it. Call 911 quickly before you pass out and die; and, if your able, drink a coke (or equivalent) immediately if not sooner. I've gotten as low as 27…emt's told me I was lucky to wake up and not "pass". (They've been on a number of those calls they said when asked.) What I do now to prevent emt calls in the early morning hours is set my alarm for 2am and check BG. If it's < 100, I drink something. If over 200, then take 2 units of humalog. It's a pain, but worth it. Good Luck.

jayabee52 2013-01-11 03:54:15 -0600 Report

Please cool yer jets Moe.

This poster was using the mmol/l measurement for her BG levels,, and for that system of meaurement 20 mmol/l = 360 mg/dl to us in the USA. I know, confusing! Please read further down the threads.


GabbyPA 2013-01-08 20:26:23 -0600 Report

Glad you are doing okay now. Did you go to the doctor? understanding what happened to get you that way is just as important.

jayabee52 2013-01-08 20:35:04 -0600 Report

actually Gabby those of us who responded early goofed in not thinking which BG measuring system she was using. In the Canadian system 20 mmol/l is actually high. in our system in the USA measurements it works out to be 360 mg/dl so her BG needed to be brought down, not raised.

GabbyPA 2013-01-09 20:29:18 -0600 Report

Yes, I figured that out after Nick's other post. I forget sometimes that they have such different numbers from our system.

jayabee52 2013-01-09 21:09:41 -0600 Report

Glad you figured it out Gabby and I didn't mean to embarass you whatsoever. But I didn't want "the ghost in the machine" to linger any longer either.

Safari4 2013-01-07 09:44:34 -0600 Report

I think some of us might be confused as to the type of test result and the measurement system being used…call an ambulance ASAP. You can get help out of country…I might even be free but GO!…and practice slow abdominal breathing…anxiety raises blood sugar.

roxiekb 2013-01-09 12:50:53 -0600 Report

When I am traveling, take my kit with me, so always know my numbers. Also did you know in the summer if you drink ice water you will lower your blood sugar. When I work outside, will stop in between and check my sugar especially in Texas with hot summers, like my ice water. If low I will eat a piece of fruit or always have Atkins bars handy.

Nana_anna 2013-01-07 08:01:32 -0600 Report

This is odd. Not that I don't feel for you being that way. If you think you need to go, you should go. Don't wait around for anyone to tell you to go. I hope you feel better to.

Caroltoo 2013-01-07 04:22:08 -0600 Report

So how are you now, Melissa? That reading is quite high and I hope you followed Mays suggestion yesterday. In Canada, can you call your doctor or hospital for suggestions when a high like this happens?

Sometimes responses on here can be delayed and you may need immediate help. Hoping you are better now, but will check back with your doctor on Monday just in case you need to make some other changes in your plan.

melissa1987 2013-01-07 10:33:53 -0600 Report

I'm ok now I upped my insulin and I go see my doctor Wednesday so I will let him know.

Caroltoo 2013-01-07 12:09:46 -0600 Report

Thanks for checking in and letting us know you are ok now and will be seeing the doctor on Wednesday. Wonderful to see that you are hanging in there and continuing to work on improving your control and treatment. Good job with a tough situation!!

melissa1987 2013-01-07 12:12:56 -0600 Report

Thanks Hun just goes to prove how much water is good for u … I drank a lot last night n my sugar went from 28 to 14 n 9 this morning I upped my insulin today . That gave me a big scare and I got to start exercising again n keep it down n stop being lazy

Caroltoo 2013-01-07 12:18:21 -0600 Report

You are right. Water helps a lot as dehydration is a quick way to sent BGs way up and staying on the exercise even when it is soooo boring, is one of the best means of controlling BGd. I've slacked off on mine recenty too and need to get back on track. Started working at a rather demanding job in June and exercise has declined since then.

melissa1987 2013-01-06 23:09:59 -0600 Report

It went up to 28(high) I'm in Canada n then went down to 17 so I think I'm ok just drinking lots of water

MAYS 2013-01-06 23:30:01 -0600 Report

Ok, in Canada you are using mmol/ which gives you a reading of 504 by US standard of measurement which is high, my suggestion is for you to seek medical help at your local hospital, but if you think that you will be ok drinking plenty of water please check your blood sugar every few minutes just to be on the safe side.

28 mmol/l = 504 mg/dl

Here is a link to a blood glucose conversion table for those of whom may be interested:

MAYS 2013-01-06 23:02:20 -0600 Report

What unit of measurement are you using, mmol/L or mg/dL ?
(Either way you should go to your local hospital)

Are mmol/L and mg/dL the same?

They are not the same units of measurement, but they do measure the same thing – blood sugar levels. Think of it in the same way you would compare kilometres to miles – they both measure distance but use different units to measure with.

IronOre 2013-01-06 21:01:13 -0600 Report

If you can eat or drink then you should be fine, just eat or drink something that will bring you blood sugar up. Fruit juice is the best.
The hospital will be basically doing the same thing as you, then when your blood sugar is up you will go home.

IronOre 2013-01-08 00:31:24 -0600 Report

Or . . . I had the units wrong.
Yes, see a doctor. A hospital
How did you find out your reading was 20 ?

jayabee52 2013-01-08 01:02:00 -0600 Report

actually Iron she was using the canadian (actually world wide) system of measuring BG levels: the mmol/l where we use the mg/dl system. That she originally posted as Annon confused many of us early posters to this discussion and we thought she was referring to the mg/dl measurements while she was expressing mmol/l readings which is rather high. It is = 360 mg/dl.

Check it out for yourself ~

jayabee52 2013-01-08 09:11:21 -0600 Report

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manapua72 2013-01-06 19:58:13 -0600 Report

Well it's true we r all different , and what works for some diabetics may not work for all of us … Being in the 20's we should all be able to agree is dangerous … This ? was a bit strange to me … I would have thought but I'm sadly mistaken , that EVERYONE DIABETIC WOULD KNOW BEING IN THE 20's WAS DANGEROUS … Sadly a lot of people don't know …

melissa1987 2013-01-07 15:46:59 -0600 Report

I know it is but I also went to the hospital a few times n they just put me on some Iv n then sent me home so I tryed the water thing n it worked for me :)

jayabee52 2013-01-06 18:27:44 -0600 Report

Have someone take you to the ER ASAP! Best if it is a ambulance because it gets you into the ER quicker and they have glycogen shots in case you pass out.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-06 17:47:04 -0600 Report

I don't understand why you aren't calling 911 instead of asking the question here. When you have a medical problem your doctor is the one to help you. You also should learn more about diabetes as well as talking to your doctor about how to treat your lows and highs. Good luck.

manapua72 2013-01-06 17:29:58 -0600 Report

U need to LEARN more about diabetes from your doctor , your diabetes educator and just more personal study , books , Internet , etc … U should get some fast acting sugar in u orange juice , even soda pop . Get something to bring it up … That low u shouldn't be driving … U can call for an ambulance or if someone can drive u to hospital … Do u feel like going into a coma from which u may or never wake up ???? U need to SPEAK to your doctor find out y you've going so low … That is so dangerous and could lead to your death … R u eating , r u taking to much of your meds ???

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-06 17:49:17 -0600 Report

Manapua, I don't know why people seek medical advice from non professionals. Why not call an ambulance instead of asking a question on a website. With diabetes or any medical condition comes common sense. You pay for a doctor to care for your health yet when you have a medical problem the doctor is the last person consulted.

Happster 2013-01-09 10:27:56 -0600 Report

Why not use common sense and know that it is low, raise it with juice and some sort of complex carb and a protein… re check in 15 mins… if it has raised then NOOOO you don't need to go to the doctor… Welcome to the world of Diabetes, learn to get things in check yourself all the while lowering your medical cost… If it does not go up at least 20 points call the doctor…if it does continue to monitor every 15 to 30 mins until you are above 70… Most people over eat and don't take insulin to compensate for overeating so this causes a rollercoaster effect…

It's the number one side effect of insulin… My sugars run from 20 to 600 on a weekly bases… cold, heat, stress and intake all have an affect on it…Plus doesn't help I have gastroparsis and autonomic dysfunction…type one for 30 yrs

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-09 12:21:48 -0600 Report

Happster the point is for people to talk to their doctors for medical advice or medical help. I thought I could drink juice to raise my blood sugar level only to learn the juice spiked my sugar level. I cannot have any kind of juice because of this problem. Diabetes and diabetic solutions to highs and lows are different in each person. Non professional people giving medical advice can cause themselves to be sued or could harm someone. If your blood sugar is so low that you may not be in a safe situation, you should contact your doctor. I have transported a fire fighter whose blood sugar dropped and he worked for hours trying to get it up. He was unconscious when we loaded him into the back of the ambulance. He woke up the next morning.

Would you take medical advice from the Average Joe on the street or contact your doctor? Having worked in the medical field, I have taken a woman to the hospital because her mother told her to take her nitro for chest pain that turned out to be indigestion, a girl taken because her mother told her to use her inhaler she almost died from an allergic reaction, a man taken to the hospital because a neighbor told him to take his wife's percocet for a headache it didn't go well with the meds he was already taking. I have transported so many people in the back of my ambulance who have taken medical advice from non medical professionals that I lost count. We lost the man who was having a heart attack and his wife told him it was indigestion and he drank a bottle of Pepto.

We don't know the medical history of the person taking the medication or having a medical problem. We don't know how the persons body is going to react to advice given or if that advice will harm them. Keep in mind by the time you turn on your computer, come here, type your question, and wait for medical advice that could harm you, you could have called your doctors office.

IronOre 2013-01-06 21:03:32 -0600 Report

I agree . . . I see that (medical advice from non-professionals) way too often around here ~ I think they just want to get a discussion going and see what the responses are.

jayabee52 2013-01-06 22:35:37 -0600 Report

gee, then Iron, mebbe we ought to all pack up our keyboards and go home and let the "professionals" take over?

IronOre 2013-01-08 00:25:07 -0600 Report

Oh but Jayabee . . . didn't you tell everybody on here that you have a Masters degree in Nursing ??? I guess that makes you a professional . . . right ??? Or did you forget that you told everybody that you have a Masters degree in Nursing ?

jayabee52 2013-01-08 00:46:37 -0600 Report

WRONG! You put that together in your own head, Iron. (still trying to make me a liar for some reason, eh?) I didn't tell "everybody that you [I] have a Masters degree in Nursing [.]"

I do have a Masters degree in a "helping profession", but it is not in nursing.

I simply was a Certified Nurse Aide which in the medical field made me a PARA professional. (definition here ~

Sumatrafor1 2013-01-06 17:25:37 -0600 Report

yes now! and drink some orange juice or get some sugar or glucose tablets in you and follow with some protein like nuts

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-06 17:53:06 -0600 Report

I cannot follow that advice. I cannot have orange juice at all when my numbers are low. It causes my blood sugar to rise too fast. I didn't know that when I first was diagnosed and drank two sips of orange juice. I thought my head would explode. I had a doctors appointment the next day and he saw how low I was and how high I got. He said for me the orange juice worked to fast and told me to never do that again. He told me to eat bread, candy or one glucose tablet at a time.

roxiekb 2013-01-09 12:41:20 -0600 Report

I too take glucose tablets when my sugar is low. At the advice of my doctor, I also have half of a small candy bar like the ones that are 2 fors or 4 fors. I carry them in my purse and eat them slowly and all is fine. Juice is also a no no for me. the only juice I can drink at breakfast is 4 oz of v-8 infusion light. Mando tastes more like the orange juice I used to love so it satisfies me.

s l k
s l k 2013-01-07 09:03:34 -0600 Report

I have been discovering that although when I go low, my instinct is to consume the 16g of glucose at once and wait, I have to pace them over the 15 minutes and then it doesn't seem to jump so fast and give me a headache. I thought it was only my imagination! I may go back to the Diabetes Educator's advice from when I was pregnant: three saltines with peanut butter thinly spread on them.

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