Quick Sticks

By KE5ICS Latest Reply 2013-02-24 13:06:13 -0600
Started 2013-01-19 11:41:10 -0600

Has anyone tried the Quick Sticks glucose packets. They don't require water or anything special. Low blood sugar just tear it open and pour it in your mouth, these things are GREAT!

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mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2013-02-24 13:02:58 -0600 Report

If you are on insulin and experiencing a number of hypoglycemic episodes, you should ask your physician for a Glucagon kit. The kit is not cheap but compared to going into a hypoglycemic coma that you may not come out of and/or how much it will cost you to be taken to an emergency room, etc. it is extremely cost effective to have a Glucagon kit on hand.

Your family, friends and colleagues need to know where the Glucagon kit is kept and how to use it should the need arise. It requires a simple step of mixing the sterile diluting solution with the glucagon in the vial. This kit has a long shelf life.

The need happens when your blood sugars fall low and you pass out. You will not be able to be administered any thing by mouth. No one should even try to give you anything orally — you will choke to death on it. Applesauce or glucose tablets will not work in this situation. You need help before you go into a diabetic coma.

Glucagon should not be administered in the case of hyperglycemia or high blood sugars. Ask your doctor.

The Glucagon kit is self contained and has full detailed and simple instructions on how to use it. It contains a syringe that has been pre-filled with a sterile diluting solution and a vial with with just the right amount of glucagon to bring you out of unconsciousness quickly.

When you do wake up, you typically will still need to take something orally to bring up your blood sugar. Take a blood sugar reading to determine how much carbohydrate you need. Don't take a full candy bar or anything like that until you know what your readings are. You don't want your blood sugar to skyrocket either. Ask your doctor about all of this. She/he is your best guide.

Again, I have no affiliation with the company that makes the Glucagon kit. I post this as a precaution for diabetics taking insulin. Just because this has never happened to you, believe me it can happen and it's when it does it's too late to wish you had a Glucagon kit handy.

manapua72 2013-01-19 13:46:46 -0600 Report

I'm a type 2 but just had C-peptide test taken … Pancreas is not producing insulin … So I'm insulin dependent like a type 1 is …

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2013-02-24 13:06:13 -0600 Report

Good for you manapua! So many people don't realize there is such a test as the C-Peptide. Many doctors don't even know it exists. Ugh! I am curious did your doctor take this test in conjunction with your regular Ha1c blood test and was it done on a fasting blood? How did your doctor arrive at the conclusion that your pancreas was not producing any insulin at all? Did he/she compare your Ha1c to your C-Peptide to arrive at that conclusion?

manapua72 2013-01-19 13:17:05 -0600 Report

I've got apple sauce pouches in my locker @ work … They happen to have 15 carbs to a serving equal to 1 pouch … They taste great last , and measured out … I may by tablets or this product you're advocating one if these days …

KE5ICS 2013-01-19 12:59:28 -0600 Report

To help with quick recovery of lows. They give me some of the worst headaches. They are the same as the gloucose tablets but they also work somewhat faster.