My Day of Firsts

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-05-05 14:49:16 -0500
Started 2013-03-08 20:25:16 -0600

My first, first was exciting. I finally broke through the 100 barrier and had an 89 today before lunch. In all my years of diabetes, this was the lowest number I had ever had…ever! That number is something my body is not used to and I started to feel those dreaded shakes, but was elated to see the 89 on the screen. I even ran into the dining room to share it with my husband and mom. I wanted it on the record. LOL

Well right now, my second first is a more true low. I was laying in bed watching TV relaxing and started to feel those shakes again. But this was worse…so my husband was asking if I needed some sugar. (He's so sweet, and at least I know he is listening when I tell him things…sometimes) Anyway, I told him I had to test first and sure enough I was already at 72. That number was not so exciting.

I know it is not a low like so many of you experience, but it was enough to get me up to test and see where I was at. I ate a few cookies and tested again and got up to 98.

If it were not for all the things all of you have shared in past discussions on lows, I would have been lost as to what to do. (my doctor never told me anything to expect) So thanks guys!!

16 replies

GabbyPA 2013-05-01 13:51:59 -0500 Report

Wow, this week I had a 48! What? I guess I'm glad I can tell when I'm dropping, but this one hit so fast I couldn't stop it before it got that low. Today I had another drop start and I got to it before it got too low. This is a mixed bag for me. My numbers have been staying the same, on the high side...but these lows hit from now where. It's a bit confusing.

elba237 2013-05-01 16:21:50 -0500 Report

I know how you feel Gabby. The same happen to me many times this year. and since the last 3 months then the oposite, very high numbers.. All this happen doesn't matter what I did to prevent. Finally I spent the last week at hospital until this morning. Was really awful. Even at hospital whith the 24h monitoring for 2 days I had 38 and 42. Then all became "controled" for the last 3 days and I asked doctors to send me home and I will take control. Then I have to go every week to his office until all is fixed with no doubts. Was difficult to convince him to let me go home but he know me since the last 30 years and know how I manage my diabetes. Diet, monitoring, and excersices (walking 20 mins until new instructions). the exercise is to control this very high numbers that I have in adition of the lows. With the new diet the nutricionist gave me at hospital and the new dosis of insulines my numbers start becoming stabilize but still need to be monitoring. You have to go to your doctor and explain him all. Try to remember what you did the day you had that lows. What you eat, how much insuline or oral medication you took, I recomend you to start a kind of diary of these details. if you don't have it, (what you eat and dosis of medications). That will help a lot. Trust me. Hope all become better for you.

GabbyPA 2013-05-05 14:49:16 -0500 Report

Thank you for your input. I do keep a diary of my foods and my meds. I take the same things every day so that doesn't change at this point. My insulin is long lasting so I take it about every 12 hours. That is why I was so shocked when I dropped so low so fast. I did eat a very low carb breakfast, but I usually try to do that. I had not done any extra exercise that day either. It's hard to figure out. At least I can feel them coming on. I know there are some people who can't and that would really scare me.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-03-12 05:55:49 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby glad that you're now into the 100s. Nice numbers. There's nothing like waking up, or that meter giving you a normal BG reading. As for lows I've had more lows than highs, I can actually ne walking around in the 60s and sometimes 50s with no problem, it scares me sometimes. Lows are scary, so keep an eye out for them!

SandySilvers 2013-03-09 18:15:16 -0600 Report

Congrats on the first milestone Gabby!! There's no other feeling like it. When I hit my first 100 I was elated. We were camping and it was pre-dinner and I was woo-hoo'ing all over the place LOL. I even took a picture of my meter LOL. When my numbers were first coming down, I would get these "false lows" (although they didn't feel that false to me!) until my body got used to the new numbers. It lasted about a week or so - maybe a total of 3 times. My numbers range between 90 - 110 most of the time now and I've learned that that's where I need them to stay to feel my best. Anything under 90 and I don't feel as good. I just had a low feeling when I woke up from a nap today. Tested and I was at 82. At least I'm grateful that I know what I'm looking for now! Congrats again…keep up the great work!!!!!

GabbyPA 2013-03-11 20:25:24 -0500 Report

Thank you. It has only taken me 5 years to get there. But at least I am there and I hope it is to stay.

EJMac 2013-03-09 16:06:16 -0600 Report

Great number before lunch Gabby. I've had some lows before and don't like them at all. I had to be reminded by my endo that 70 is an OK number. I start feeling a little shakey below 100, but I have been running high for awhile. Always thought a little high was better than the lows, but that kept my BS higher than was best. When a person gets low several times, we have to check more aften especilly if we plan to do exercise. I have to start carrying food with me again.
Always great to read your posts.

GabbyPA 2013-03-11 20:24:17 -0500 Report

Yep, today I had a 100 before lunch and was happy. That is much more comfortable than the 72, but I look forward to when a 72 doesn't feel like a low. That will be a great day.

Nick1962 2013-03-09 15:50:50 -0600 Report

Nice! Glad to see it's working. From what I'm told, after a while those "lows" won't have that effect.

GabbyPA 2013-03-09 15:58:04 -0600 Report

Yes, as my body gets used to lower numbers it will be less of an issue. I am looking forward to that wholeheartedly.

Tony5657 2013-03-09 05:50:34 -0600 Report

Way to go, Gabby! Ya done good, kiddo. :o) So your hubby has selective listening skills? When you say something to him & he has that glazed over look in his eyes just throw a pecan at him. That'll wake him up. It works with me … LOL Just ask my wife…

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

manapua72 2013-03-08 20:47:43 -0600 Report

Hi , Gabby r u new to insulin ??? It will get your numbers down for sure … I'm happy got under 100 awesome … My low today was 75 my high was 156 … I also had #'s in between that today … When my blood sugar drops to low , I get real shaky , sweaty , hungry etc … If I'm @ work I just tell my supervisors I gotta eat something , they know I'm diabetic and @ times need carbs … Oh sorry feel like I'm rambling again as I so often do … Keep your meter handy , if possible always test before you treat … I say this because a few times I thought I was low and tested and I wasn't @ all … So if possible test before u treat …

GabbyPA 2013-03-09 15:42:43 -0600 Report

Yep, its brand new. Just started 10 days ago. Took a while to get into the swing of things, but that was a little unnerving. I have always read the discussions on going low but felt I would never have a low in my life...well, there you go.

I know it was not that low, but for this old body, it sent me into the shakes like no body's business. I did test before I treated because I knew that just because I felt bad didn't mean I was doing bad. The 89 made me a little shaky too, but I didn't treat that one. Besides, I was getting ready to eat lunch, so I knew I would be okay.

You say you get hungry. I have been having that since I have been on insulin. It takes a lot to no give in. I have the grumbly tummy in the mornings now too. I kind of like feeling hungry, but not real hungry. I figured it was because I was also cutting back on my portions to help me loose more weight.