Woke up like this?

Vanessa Casanova
By Vanessa Casanova Latest Reply 2014-02-06 21:27:56 -0600
Started 2014-02-03 10:47:24 -0600

So apparently my blood sugars have been all over the place lately, because despite my blood sugar being kind of high these past few days, I woke up in the middle of the night just completely drenched in sweat, and I was really weak. Which sucked, because I live in a dorm where my bed is pretty close to the ceiling, so climbing down, without falling, was hard. I don't think I'd ever been that hungry, all I could think about was food so I just attacked the nearest cereal box. Then I drank some water and I started feeling better. I did all of this in the dark 'cause my roommate was still sleeping. Does this happen to anyone often?

13 replies

Hangin in
Hangin in 2014-02-06 18:59:32 -0600 Report

I can't stress enough to you Vanessa, and all of my fellow diabetic's how wonderful it is to have a cgm (constant glucose monitor) it will alert you of your low's as well as your high's. It is a life saver!!! If you are not familiar with it I would highly recommend you look in to it. In my opinion I think we should all have one!

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2014-02-04 11:59:36 -0600 Report

Check your BG when you get like that. There is a brand of orange juice that doesn't have to be refrigerated and you can take a big gulp when this happens. It will pop you right back. I keep it in my classroom and my car (not in the summer).

Type1Lou 2014-02-03 17:12:40 -0600 Report

It used to happen to me quite frequently, before I started pumping in 2011. There were a few times that I sweated so much with these hypos that I had to change the sheets…and yes, you'll be ravenous and want to eat everything you can get your hands on…then your BG eventually bounces up really high, right? If you are able, always test to verify that you are having a hypo episode. ..and try to follow the 15 carb strategy Jayabee and Siliconeyes discussed. Hypos are truly a bummer! You've got to get off that roller coaster. When I was on MDI, one thing that helped was my endo changing the time of day I injected with my long-acting insulin (Lantus) from bedtime to morning. If you had exercised strenuously that day, it could also affect your BG and cause a low. Everything becomes a balancing act. I would advise discussing this with your endo to see what you can do to avoid the hypos.

jayabee52 2014-02-03 12:08:32 -0600 Report

It doesn't happen to me, but it frequently happened to my late wife "Jem". She would have what I called "false lows" when she would get the feeling of being low yet was even a little bit hyperglycemic.

When she was coming down from BG levels in the 300+ mg/dl range (usually due to medication she needed to take occasionally for other problems) We would work with her endo's extra insulin instructions to help bring her BGs down. And a lot of time the BGs did come down, usually at night when we both were sleeping. She would be awakened by the signs of a low, and she would have a stash of some high carb snacks (like cookies or candy) near her bed so she could get to them easily, Often I would be awakened by her jiggling the bed and finding her chowing down on those snacks.

I wanted her to wake me before she started eating so I could take her BG levels (she was blind), and she did once (only) and I took her BG levels and they were still like 180 or so. I stopped her from eating, which i gurss she didn't like that because she never woke me up before eating again.

So before you start eating when you sense a low it might be good for you to take your BG levels so you know for sure. Silicone eyes mentions something her CDE told her which I call "the rule of 15s" When you are actually low, eat 15 g of a fast acting carb (like 3 glucose tabs, about 20 skittles or a small tube of frosting), wait 15 minutes and then test again, If you BG level comes up, then have some protein to keep your BG level up (and you won't get on the BG roller coaster)

If you don't come up enough (above 70 mg/dl) then consume those fast acting carbs again. and wait the 15 minutes and test again, If you don't come up even then, you can do the same thing for another go round. If after that you don't come up you should seek medical help immediately.

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-03 11:06:25 -0600 Report

sounds like lows I used to get before my pump. Any CDE that says eat 15 grams of carbs and wait 15 minutes has never woke up low at 2 a.m.

Vanessa Casanova
Vanessa Casanova 2014-02-03 11:05:16 -0600 Report

It's really frustrating because I lift weights and I'm trying to become as strong as I can, and then to just have something like this happen that makes me feel so weak, it kind of pisses me off a little.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-06 08:33:31 -0600 Report

If you're lifting, going low in the night makes sense, more muscle, better metabolism = less insulin required. Test often. Try to go to bed at a BS of like 150, at least that's what my doc told me before.

jayabee52 2014-02-06 21:27:56 -0600 Report

my Dr told me 130. I was going low and getting a liver dump at night and waking up kinda high. He suggested eating apple slices slathered with peanut butter. The complex carbs of the apple raises your Blood Glucose and the protein in the PNut butter keeps a steady flow of glucose for most of the night.

ashley50 2014-02-03 10:50:01 -0600 Report

Everytime i get low's during the night, i will wake up sweating, and i will eat anything & everything in sight!!!! You were probably having a low!

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