Worst hypoglycemia.

By CallumB Latest Reply 2013-10-18 10:38:54 -0500
Started 2013-08-13 07:25:37 -0500

Now I'm not asking what your levels were because the affects low blood sugar have on your brain is over a period of time.
But what is your actual worst experience or a few of them?

Personally I've got quite a few to share if people are interested.

35 replies

Type1Lou 2013-08-20 18:33:05 -0500 Report

My worst hypo experience was in August 2010 while on vacation, heading to Yellowstone National Park. We'd stopped for the night in Pocatello Idaho. I was on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) of Lantus and Novolog at the time and had been experiencing more frequent morning lows for a while. When my husband wasn't able to wake me up in the morning, he injected me with glucagon (which was probably past it's "Use by" date), and rushed me to the closest ER. (He tested before rushing me to the ER and my BG was 29.) After spending several hours in the ER, they admitted me to be certain I hadn't experienced a stroke since I was having trouble answering questions. I was discharged 36 hours later after a battery of tests confirmed it was "just" a really bad hypo, but, we never did make it to Yellowstone and came straight back home to Florida. I saw my doctor as soon as we got back. When he advised me to continue with my current dosages, I sought a referral to an endocrinologist. The endo actually reduced the amount of Lantus I had been told to take and changed the time of day I was taking it. They also re-educated me about bolusing and sliding scales and carb counting. A year later, I started using an insulin pump and am kicking myself for not pumping sooner. No more really scary hypos since going on the pump. We also make certain that our glucagon kit hasn't passed it's expiration date…just in case we need to use it.

tabby9146 2013-08-19 09:42:42 -0500 Report

when I was on metformin and losing weight I had them , a few of them in a few weeks time. I think the lowest I got down to, was after exercise one day, I had eaten a little beforehand, and after 30 mins on the treadmill, it was around 60. only took a few short mins. to go back up and felt great. Those who control by diet and exercise, like I do now and have the last few yrs, can go low also, though I do not think they can go dangerously low, I have not, but I have been low enough to "feel" low and shaky a little, once in a grocery store, an hour and a half after eating breakfast, a year and a half ago. I went down to 65. that isn't real low, but I felt it. I sat down and they got me some juice and I was fine, but it took at least 5 minutes before I knew I was. Then after about 5 more mins. I drove home. I had my glucose tabs with me too. The cereal I had eaten had fiver and protein, but not much, so that may have been why that happened I don't know.

Getright65 2013-08-17 17:24:10 -0500 Report

I try some sugar free hard candy I have a thing for candy,it put me. Up in the high200' never. Again that alco.in there did it.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-08-17 07:03:12 -0500 Report

My worst low was a while back, but I've had some bad ones. I was sitting drinking coffee part of my morning routine before I exercise. I had just checked my BG level and I was at 118, figured I was good. This was so scary because I dropped so fast without reason, my CGM graph looked like I had fallen off a cliff. I broke into a sweat I was at 70 with the 2 arrows pointing straight down, went down to forty, and as I gulped orange juice all my CGM said was LOW! I thought I was going to pass out. Thank God for CGM when my doctor saw this, even they couldn't figure out what happened to me. All I had was Lantus in me, this has happened twice to me. Lows are so scary!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-17 17:37:57 -0500 Report

The time released insulin is unstable it releases sporadically at least that is what I was told. I used to be on Lantus. I did somewhat better on the levemir.

Katykakes 2013-08-16 12:44:59 -0500 Report

My worst experience with a low sugar happened last month. I went swimming in a quarry and unplugged from my pump and had a snack before i went and ended up getting to the middle of the quarry and my friend had to pull me back to shore and took me back to my place ( thankfully a two minute golfcart ride) three juiceboxes later i got back into a normal range after my low of 1.9. I find swimming is so hard to calculate for!

BroadwayGirl 2013-08-20 23:02:51 -0500 Report

One time I remember falling asleep in a recliner. I woke up in such a panic. I tested my sugar and it was super low. I can remember going into the kitchen and trying to open one of those jumbo plastic pixi sticks. When it wouldn't open I swore I was going to die or pass out. I was so shakey and so scared. It turns out there were juices right in front of me but my brain didn't register what they were at first because of how low I was.

And there have been several occasions where I've completely blackout and my parents had to give me glucagon shots, but I can't remember those.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-21 17:08:19 -0500 Report

That is so scary! I haven't lost consciousness from a low at least not yet and I hope I never do. That has been my biggest fear since I started insulin. :-/

GabbyPA 2013-08-16 07:44:57 -0500 Report

I was relaxing watching TV for the evening with my hubby when I started to feel that shake that comes from inside. I got up and into the kitchen where I had to sit down and have things brought to me. Tested at a 48 and that was extreme for me. I usually struggle to stay below 200 on most days. This was my second low in as many months and it seemed the insulin was working...a little too well.

CallumB 2013-08-15 23:14:44 -0500 Report

Personally my worst one was 0.4 (American equivalent of 4) in which I was literally queuing for food at KFC with a group of friends and I was so screwed up I couldn't order (I dropped ridiculously fast as I was fine at the start of the que) and I ended up almost punching the till staff because I had such slurred speech I couldn't speak let a lone think what to order he was laughing if I remember rightly and I get really aggressive about my diabetes. But anyway I was lucky enough one of my friends stepped in and ordered me food.

GabbyPA 2013-08-16 07:29:12 -0500 Report

Did your friends help you out of your low? That is a crazy number, like you should have been out on the floor. I'm glad you lived to tell that story.

CallumB 2013-08-16 10:36:51 -0500 Report

I'm ADHD which is a blessing and a curse for Diabetes. It's a curse because unless I'm medicated I'm terrible with food :D. But because of it I can stay conscious reasonably well for a very long time compared to most diabetics.
Yeah my friend just bought me a load of food and sat me down haha.

M.organ 2013-08-15 20:53:29 -0500 Report

My family and I were in Colorado visiting some family friends. I was watching some TV by myself for a little while just to relax after a hike. I started feeling really weird and the images on the TV were really fuzzy. I couldn't even focus on them after awhile. I remember thinking to myself, "Wow, Morgan, you must be really tired…" So, naturally, and scarily, I fell asleep right there on that couch. Next thing I know, I'm waking up to my dad strongly shaking me awake, telling me I was really low, and trying to shove juice down my throat. I'm usually really good at detecting my lows, but this one was definitely scary. God was definitely watching out for me on that one and my dad probably saved my life!

GabbyPA 2013-08-16 07:30:59 -0500 Report

Yeah Dad! That is scary indeed. It's a good thing he was there and knew what to do. That is so important, to have someone who knows how and what to do to help.

JessTheMess 2013-08-14 22:22:07 -0500 Report

I was at academy ran in to price a treadmill and ran out I wasn't in there more then 5 min, I step off on to the curb a d fell and I get up and fell again and then I panicked I couldn't walk I was so low in he middle of the road I got up again and took a few more steps some ppl and a car pulled over and helped me across the street opened my car and I got glcose gel, I couldn't move it was so scary hit me so fast and hard in 5 min your life can change I just carry my purse with my medical supplies with me even if I just run in to give a few bucks to the gas station attendant.i was feeling so good to that day. I'm a busy body so I'm going all the time. I was pretty beat up from falling I had a fractured wrist and my knee was swollen and purple .

GabbyPA 2013-08-16 07:33:17 -0500 Report

Wow, that is incredible. Our lows hit that fast and so furious. You are wise in how you changed your habits from that lesson. Did you go to the ER for your injuries or your low?

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-14 20:38:36 -0500 Report

OMG! My lowest so far was 40. I was on vacation and decided to go to cold stone for ice cream. I ordered the sugar free with coconut and guessed at the carbs, I figured it would be comparable to store bought. Anyway, i took too much insulin 2 hours later I was in a cold sweat heart pounding and feeling like I was going to pass out. After drinking a kiefer, O.J. , then with my husband stuffing gummie bears in my mouth I finally got it up to normal. After all that I thought for sure I'd spike really high but I didn't. I guess I didn't need a bolus that time. Ever since then I've been really struggling with anxiety the lows.
I can't imagine 20 let alone 9. Wow!

GabbyPA 2013-08-16 07:35:11 -0500 Report

I never used to worry about lows because I always had the opposite problem with highs all the time. Then I started insulin, and now I totally understand your anxiety. Lows scare me way more than highs

Roxannescott 2013-08-14 21:24:25 -0500 Report

I know lows are Scary…but relax get a carb and try to relax. Your BS will always go up…you'll get used to it.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-14 21:46:49 -0500 Report

Thanks! I'm getting better with it. I have the dexcom and that really helps. For a while before I got on the pump I was eating meals under 12 carbs to avoid the humalog. I did that for about 6 months. Obviously a bad choice. I did eventually ease my way back to taking the humalog. But now that I'm on the pump, I am doing really well with it. I've experienced more lows but they haven't been as drastic and I am learning to deal with it better psychologically.

ShaineDickinson 2013-08-13 22:43:33 -0500 Report

I've been lower than 20 quite often actually. I don't notice it generally. Its weird. Sometimes at 40's I will feel it big time. But not always. Lol, my doc didn't believe it, I brought in the monitors, one read 9, the other said 11 which was like 15 minutes after.

GabbyPA 2013-08-16 07:36:57 -0500 Report

Have you talked to your doctor about tweaking your treatment so that doesn't happen. Specially if you don't feel them, that could be really dangerous if you drive.

bexcripps 2013-08-13 20:03:16 -0500 Report

When I was in high school I fell asleep in class. My friends (being silly teenagers) left me to sleep as did the teacher not realising that I was actually in a diabetic coma. Instead I had bruises on my legs from where they kicked me to wake me up. Luckily the next class had a girl that was aware of the seriousness of the situation and they took me to hospital which was thankfully only a block away. Lesson learned… never hide your diabetes, make sure friends and colleagues are well informed about hypo signs.

ShaineDickinson 2013-08-13 19:39:37 -0500 Report

I was at work, felt fine. Someone brought in brownies, and I decided to splurge. (I never eat junk like that). Anyways, went to take insulin and thought I'd better check my level first…9. Lol, single digit 9 and I felt great. Probably had I not checked It may have been a different story.

Sapphire89 2013-08-13 22:39:31 -0500 Report

Wow! Do you find that people don't believe you when you say your blood sugars been as low as 9? People look at me like I'm lying when I tell them I've been at 17.

ShellyLargent 2013-08-13 17:37:51 -0500 Report

One morning, right after being diagnosed, I was running late for work so I decided to take my breakfast with me and eat in the car on the way to work. I grabbed my food, took my insulin injection and headed out the door to leave. Locked the front door, went to the car and started it. I noticed that there was something sticking out of our mailbox, so I got out to grab it and when I did, the car door shut behind me, locking me out of the car. My keys, purse with my cell phone, and my breakfast were now locked in the car. Luckily, my neighbor was home and I was able to run over there and use her phone to call my husband, who called AAA, to come and unlock the car for me. She was also kind enough to feed me breakfast since my insulin had started to kick in by then. Thank heavens that AAA was fully aware of how desperate this situation was and had a guy out in less then 30 minutes to unlock the car!

Sapphire89 2013-08-13 16:25:16 -0500 Report

I fainted in kindergarten and was brought to the hospital in an ambulance.

In elementary school, I went to the nurse's office to check my blood sugar before lunch, the same as every day. My blood sugar was 17 but I felt perfectly fine. The nurse almost had a heart attack.

In my junior year of high school, it happened during spring break. I was supposed to be babysitting my little brother, who was about 6 at the time, while mom went to work. When my mom left in the morning, I was awake and alert, laying in bed and talking to her before she left. My little brother calls her at work a few hours later, saying he couldn't wake me up, and that when he tried, I punched him. Mom had to call an ambulance and I woke up with 6 fire fighters and EMTs around my bed.

I was getting intimate with my husband, and apparently was low… I became aware in the middle of it and didn't remember anything. Awkward.

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