By 95ncountin Latest Reply 2013-04-11 14:45:47 -0500
Started 2013-04-01 20:33:17 -0500

Had hypo readings of 50 then 41 (10 minutes later). After eating all chocolate in the house, I finally got back up to 85 about 20 minutes later. Chocolate made me vomit. Not my finest hour for sure. I did nothing out the ordinary today. Only exercise were household chores. I'd like to know if others have had this experience. Thanks for taking your time with this.

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Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-06 06:42:48 -0500 Report

I forgot to share when I am cleaning house all day, I take one less unit of Lantus, because all the walking, lifting, etc, can make me drop!

Type1Lou 2013-04-06 13:36:21 -0500 Report

Oh horrors! Housework as exercise and a means of lowering BG levels…please don't tell my husband!…but you're right, I did a bit of spring cleaning this morning and had a pre-lunch BG of 87!

Type1Lou 2013-04-04 07:48:11 -0500 Report

You must use FAST ACTING CARBS to treat hypos…chocolate, cakes, cookies are not fast-acting carbs…I speak from experience with many hypos in the past years where I used the wrong stuff to try to get back to "normal". Personally, I hate glucose tabs or the glucose gels and liquids but I always have some on hand now. At least I'm not tempted to eat them when I don't require them, unlike the tempting chocolate, cakes cookies etc. In a pinch, to treat a low, just dissolve plain table sugar in water and drink if nothing else is available.

pkwillhoite 2013-04-05 13:15:15 -0500 Report

Just to ask a question… About how much sugar?

Type1Lou 2013-04-05 13:37:17 -0500 Report

Good question! One teaspoon of granulated white sugar has 4 grams of carb…about the equivalent of 1 glucose tablet. If you follow the rule of 15 described here by prior posters, you'd need 3 to 4 teaspoons of sugar…I believe one packet of sugar has about 1 teaspoon. I've also used Walgreen's GlucoShot which is "instant energy liquid glucose". One 2 oz bottle of GlucoShot has 16 grams of carb.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-11 04:26:31 -0500 Report

I used 2 tsp of sugar when I was a little low right before my colonscopy. I had been on the lovely liquid diet followed by the colon cleanse fun the night before. Woke up to a low and was on nothing by mouth order. So I let the sugar dissolve in my mouth. Raised my BG enough so I got to get the procedure. I did not want to have to go through the pre part again any too soon.

jayabee52 2013-04-11 13:50:13 -0500 Report

i am avoiding another colo right now. Don't want to do the prep work. What a royal pain in the "cheeks"

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-11 14:45:47 -0500 Report

I have heard a few whispers about a virtual colo, have no idea what that means. Or, since I had a pre-cancer polyp, if I would qualify for any but a real one. Have two years to go before I have another and am so hoping the prep goes better. The throwing up what seemed like more than I had had to drink, seemed almost worse than the other effect.

GitchyMe 2013-04-03 16:29:15 -0500 Report

Lows frighten me. I don't usually feel symptoms until after I start treating them and am coming back up. Then I tend to over correct with too many glucose tabs and feel wiped out from the rise rate! I am t1 since Sept 2012, pump wearing since Jan 2013 and still not in any kinda of control

jayabee52 2013-04-03 16:38:37 -0500 Report

You have heard about the 15/15 rule? When you notice a low, take 15 g of fast acting carbs (3 tabs of Glucose), wait 15 min and test. If you do not raise to the normal level, then repeat the process (you can repeat up to 2 X). If your BG levels come up to normal, then eat some protein so you don't drop down again into a hypo. If you do the 15/15 rule 3 times total and there is no getting the BG up from the basement, then call 911 and get yourself to a Dr in an ER.

GitchyMe 2013-04-03 16:48:07 -0500 Report

Its those 15-30 minutes that i feel the worst, tend to panic a little or a lot depending on the severity if my shaking. Ive shaken bottles of tab across the room on more than one occasion and trying to fit the strip in that teeny tiny slot is a hoot! Being diabetic is hard.

jayabee52 2013-04-03 17:05:02 -0500 Report

I agree there are certain things about it which are difficult to do. That is why the 15/15 rule should be in your mind. When the panic starts to set in you have a way to stop the panic by following the 15/15. That way you don't eat uncontrollably like my late wife used to do when she felt a low (didn't know about 15/15 at that time) and she would get on the "BG roller coaster" all day.

jayabee52 2013-04-04 09:36:50 -0500 Report

it is important as it keeps one from riding the "BG roller coaster" Because all of those fast acting carbs also get burned up quickly too, and one can get back into a hypo again. The protein digests slowly and so gives a longer source of glucose for the bloodstream as it is digested.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-03 05:53:55 -0500 Report

I agree with everyone here, glucose tablets and orange juice work best for me. When you use icing place it under your tongue, it will work faster. I don't panic, as much anymore. Remember the 15 minute rule for example 3 glucose tablets, check 15 minutes later if your BG reading is where you want it have a protein snack. If you don't have the protein snack you run the risk of dropping again.

ruth88 2013-04-02 23:38:36 -0500 Report

Apple juice is my cure. I have a certain glass I use and know I will bounce back in 10 minutes.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-03 07:30:03 -0500 Report

That's a great idea. I know my thinking gets a tad wonky when I'm standing in the kitchen trying to estimate how much liquid would be 15 carbs worth during a low. I'll need to get a designated glass.

MewElla 2013-04-02 18:14:11 -0500 Report

I can't handle the chocolate either…it's high protein for me that pulls me up.

tabby9146 2013-04-03 10:59:32 -0500 Report

I am bad about my chocolate sometimes I eat too much, and other times, just a bit satisfies me. I try not to get all upset with myself when I eat a little too much, not all at once do I eat too much but what I will do is eat a little, then 2 hrs or more later, more, and maybe 3 times in one day. I do love some of that Russell Stove coconut eggs around Easter and knowing I can only get them once a year, I sometimes indulge. it is hard to stay away from them

95ncountin 2013-04-03 17:42:45 -0500 Report

Once read a quote that I really liked, "If there isn't any chocolate in heaven, I'm not going." No disrespect to my eternity intended. Lol

Nana_anna 2013-04-02 12:53:16 -0500 Report

Chocolate is not good, try peanut butter, or skim milk, protein helps. When that happens to me, I get milk. I love pb on bread by it's self.

tabby9146 2013-04-02 08:29:46 -0500 Report

chocolate is not a good thing to raise blood sugar. you need 15 grams carbs at the minimum that are fast acting. I have not read other replies yet, but I am probably repeating what others are saying. Get those glucose tabs available at most drug stores, they are cheap and come in different flavors, it says how many carbs are in each one, the ones I have used I think or 4 or 5 carbs per tablet so you would have to have a few or a small drink box of juice, keep around all the time, in your car, too. I prefer glucose tabs, you don't want to overdo it either.

1rahrbunny 2013-04-02 06:56:44 -0500 Report

You can get condiment sized honey packets which work pretty well for me. Easy to keep with you. I never had much luck with the glucose tablets kind of products…They don't seem to work fast enough for me. Like graylin, I try to eat something of substance like nuts to keep more level once I'm back up.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-02 03:48:52 -0500 Report

When I was taking metformin it would happen more often than now. Still get those sudden dropping BG moments. Best options us as Stuart1966 said. Use something that has about 15 carbs worth of sugar such, like regular soda, glucose tablets, hard candy, orange or apple juice. Then in 15 minutes test your BG again. If you need more try 15 carbs again and test after another 15 minutes. It is easy to give yourself a spike if you take in too many carbs while trying to avoid going lower. When I've dropped, after getting my BG back to at least 75 to 80 I will eat some protein like nuts, so if I have over carbbed the protein will help stabilize things.
Sadly Stewart1966 is right, while chocolate helps many things (IMHO) it has way too much fat to help when your BG is too low.

Stuart1966 2013-04-01 22:48:59 -0500 Report

CHOCOLATE is NOT a cure for low blood sugar! Do not use it to CURE a low ever. (There is too much fat in any chocolate for whatever sugar "might" be in it to breakdown rapidly enough to be useful for our purposes).

Use gels, cake icing, soda (regular). Any of them will bring your sugar up rapidly. It may take thirty minutes to feel relatively normal, but most feel a little better within 15-20 minutes, or sooner. Depends on how big a free-fall you were in, what "normal" for you is, sensitivity, lots of different factors.

Regardless ten minutes (your second reading) is NOT enough to measure any change caused by whatever you drank/eat to even register yet. Time is required to reach our capillaries, be able to get measured. Taking place but not measurable instantly.

Have some soda, icing always in the car, the fridge, bedside table… so you do not have to EVER search for anything. Bad waste of precious time. Glad there was no worse damage…

IronOre 2013-04-01 22:31:47 -0500 Report

The best thing that you can do to bring your BS up is to drink something (not sugar free), instead of eating. It can take over 15 minutes for you to feel something after eaten, but just a few minutes if you drink something.
Yes vomiting happens . . . it's been a while since that happened to me, so I don't remember what I did about it.

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