Sugar high and lows

karen7t2
By karen7t2 Latest Reply 2014-05-27 06:31:04 -0500
Started 2013-06-14 06:59:05 -0500

At 5:40 AM I took my reading 10.9, and about 30 mins. later was extremely tired so I ate some oatmeal with Splenda brown sugar and cinnaman went back to bed. I slept for 1 1/2 hours more, then tested sugar again 11.9… ??????? I went to work and tested again when I got home. It was 6.9. I am thinking that I need to exercise when I get a sugar high but I could hardly keep my eyes open.
I have been testing quite a bit lately as I have read on here, to see what works for me. My fingers are all bruised on the tips. I'm sure there must be smaller needles out there. I work a lot with my hands in harsh cleansers and find I have to wear latex gloves because the tips are so tender.


13 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-16 17:46:47 -0500 Report

Karen ask your doctor about testing on your forearm. My doctor told me 2 years ago that I could test on my arm. When my fingers get sore from testing. You need a lancing device that has the head for arm testing. Your pharmacist can help you with that.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2013-06-14 16:45:05 -0500 Report

Oatmeal and brown sugar??? (The Splenda Brown Sugar serving size is 1/2 packed teaspoon which has 2 grams of carb while regular brown sugar -Domino Light Brown- lists 1 teaspoon as the serving size with 4 grams of carb…no difference in carb value that I can see.) The oatmeal (a 3/4 cup serving has 21 grams of carb) and sugar, depending on how much you used may not have been the wisest choice for food if you felt you had to eat, given that your BG was already higher than it should be. (High blood sugars will make me extremely sleepy.) Continue testing and become aware of the carbohydrates you are eating as they are the primary factor in raising your blood sugar. A lower carb breakfast would be some protein (e.g. egg, meat, yogurt, cheese)…if you must have bread, have one THIN slice. I avoid any kind of cereal, including oatmeal (although oatmeal can be tolerated by some and not by others.) Unfortunately, diabetes is not a "One size fits all" disease and, through experience, you will learn what works for you and what you need to avoid. Become a fanatic about reading food labels for serving sizes and carb content since that is a large component of controlling your BG's. And, of course, any exercise will usually help to lower your BG as well. It's all a balancing act…and after 37 years with diabetes, there are times when its still a struggle!..(I test, on average 7 to 8 times a day…wish I had more fingers!)…but don't get discouraged, learn as much as you can. DC is a great source of info. Don't fret about what may have occurred in the past since you can't change that. All you can do now is make the right decisions to help you get your diabetes under control and avoid any future complications. Wishing you well!
Lou

Bun10
Bun10 2013-06-17 22:18:03 -0500 Report

My free style kit came with a blue tip cover for fingers and a clear tip cover for arms. With the blue I set
It to 2. The clear one for my arm I set at 4.

karen7t2
karen7t2 2013-06-18 19:33:19 -0500 Report

I must ask about this, though the arm sounds painful too. My cousin has acu-check needle sticker and she says it is very smooth

karen7t2
karen7t2 2013-06-15 16:16:44 -0500 Report

Thanks Lou. I never even thought about the carb aspect of the oatmeal. I was told that if I balance sugar with fiber, that that would help. I wasn't even thinking that I hadn't even had any sugar yet. I have only been given the tester kit 10 days ago and it is to help the Dr. diagnose whether I have diabetes. Since my lowest readings have been 6.9 and 6.7, I am sure I do and three members of my immediate family have it. The guy at the drugstore was the one who told me how to test my sugar, but my Mother also tested hers on the fingertips.
I have been eating eggs quite often for my protein and tuna. I also have high colestral so this adds to my diet problems. Thank you very uch for your advise. I will pay more attention to what I eat from now on.

karen7t2
karen7t2 2013-06-15 16:16:40 -0500 Report

Thanks Lou. I never even thought about the carb aspect of the oatmeal. I was told that if I balance sugar with fiber, that that would help. I wasn't even thinking that I hadn't even had any sugar yet. I have only been given the tester kit 10 days ago and it is to help the Dr. diagnose whether I have diabetes. Since my lowest readings have been 6.9 and 6.7, I am sure I do and three members of my immediate family have it. The guy at the drugstore was the one who told me how to test my sugar, but my Mother also tested hers on the fingertips.
I have been eating eggs quite often for my protein and tuna. I also have high colestral so this adds to my diet problems. Thank you very uch for your advise. I will pay more attention to what I eat from now on.

snuggles11
snuggles11 2013-06-14 13:47:51 -0500 Report

Karen7t2
You're not supposed to be testing your blood sugar level on the tips of your finger with my glucose monitoring my nurse I was told to test it on the sides of the finger not on the tip?

karen7t2
karen7t2 2013-06-15 16:19:28 -0500 Report

I must try this. I have trouble remembering which fingers I've used most recent too. Guess I will have to record that too. Thanks so much for your reply.

Julie2013
Julie2013 2013-06-16 14:39:07 -0500 Report

I have had problems myself with painful finger tips. I must have been testing the same finger too often and one night as I was sleeping awoke from the throbbing pain in my finger, could not sleep the rest of the night. I have the same problem that I forget which finger I tested last. I have used the sides of my finger tips, still get the pain now and then. Some people can check with their upper arms, but I have never done that. You should ask your doctor if you can check your bs with different locations since your fingers have been getting so painful. I think it may depend on which type of monitor your using. Happy Sunday!

karen7t2
karen7t2 2014-05-27 06:31:04 -0500 Report

I am now checking sugars on the sides of my finger and using the same finger each time.

I have been very slack in testing lately and about a week ago I tested again and was high. 11.3. I remained high for several days and have now finally came down to in the 6's. I am so tired of eating the same foods for every meal and I think that the resentment has me eating potatoes chips every night and I AM an addict. I will wake up from a dead sleep if I hear someone opening a chip bag. haha NOT!!!

I am finally realizing that this is not a game though and I have to take it more serious. I have been missing morning meds and having extreme memory issues in general. I am seeing my Dr. tomorrow to get the results of my 3 mth blood work. I truly scare myself and feel that unless it's from a concussion I got 2 years ago, my memory is failing…which makes it hard to function.