Fill in the Blank Friday: The worst time to have a low blood sugar is ...

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2014-07-11 22:35:11 -0500
Started 2014-06-06 11:24:32 -0500

Happy Friday to all my Diabetic Connect friends. I hope wherever you are that you're having a great Friday. I don't know about you, but I need the weekend this week. Know what I'm saying?

Anyway, I had an idea for a Fill in the Blank Friday this morning. As an increasing number of people with diabetes are on some form of insulin or other medication that can cause low blood sugars, I thought it would be good to gather your thoughts about the times that are the worst to have to deal with a low.

So for this week's FITBF discussion, please complete this sentence:

The worst time to have a low blood sugar is …

49 replies

funnygirl98 2014-06-11 12:56:40 -0500 Report

The wors time for myself to have a low bs is when I'm out and about shopping paying bills. I've had a few episodes where I almost blacked out because my sugar was so low . All I can say is thank you God for having me in a grocery store so I could get help with getting sugar into my system in time before i blacked out completely.

Grimpy56 2014-06-12 09:08:40 -0500 Report

I hate having low blood sugars and don't feel them until down in the 30's so I carry a bottle of glucose ( 50 ) with me at all times.

Jan8 2014-06-10 11:01:08 -0500 Report

I really prefer to be at home because I can do something about it right away. So many times when I am out my Bg takes a dive and all of the sudden I think where am I?? I immediately eat. I have forgotten 1 time when I brought nothing to eat in a very large furniture store an I was so very scared. My husband must have noticed because after about an hour sitting in a chair and not knowing where I was I got up to try and find someone and my husband had gotten coffee and cookies .he was not far away thank god !!

Jan8 2014-06-10 10:48:16 -0500 Report

when I am going out the door for something important. I end up calling the person and explaining what is happening o me and will take a little longer.

Jeff82 2014-06-09 16:18:53 -0500 Report

Middle of the night by far (I have been diabetic for 31 years) and the second being the stairs. I am also epileptic, and to continue how great our pets are, my black lab used to lie at my feet when I looked confused and 9 of 10 times I had a seizure, they are definitely man's best friend

mich2014 2014-06-07 10:35:17 -0500 Report

For me it would probably be walking down the stairs. I also have Multiple Sclerosis with one of my symptoms being an unsteady gait. If my blood sugar gets low on the stairs it can be frightening.

GabbyPA 2014-06-07 08:46:55 -0500 Report

I have only had mine at home, so I am thankful for that. I would think the scariest time would be while driving. Putting not only myself, but others in harms way would haunt me forever.

wraithmb 2014-06-07 08:38:10 -0500 Report

There really is no good time for a low, but the 2 worst I can think of:

Walking the dog- I have a Rottweiler that can seem to sense when I have a low, and he gets quite protective of me. A year ago when my wife had to call the paramedics, we thought he was going to rip through the basement door to get to where I was…and probably the paramedics too. He got worse when they got here…

And number 2 - making love to your wife… 'Nuff said!

msann 2014-06-06 22:57:19 -0500 Report

hey john really no time but waking in the morning to go exercise and after exercise it take a full day to get back to feeling a little normal I take my glucose tab and eat some peanut butter!!!

robintellis 2014-06-06 19:36:07 -0500 Report

Well, you all just gave me a wake up call. I have been a mild diabetic for about 4 months. I have no symptoms, (yet), but my A1C is about 7. It has never run low. Now that I have read your comments I think I will take my diabetes more seriously. Thank you everyone for your sharing.

jayabee52 2014-06-06 19:47:47 -0500 Report

Howdy Robin
Sorry you qualify for this shindig, but since you do, I'm glad you're here!

OF course NOW is the time to take your diabetes seriously, not after you've developed symptoms or complications. You may be able to manage your Type 2 diabetes without diabetes meds if you eat a low carbohydrate and high protein meal plan (as I do). Should you need help with learning what to eat, just start a new discussion and many of us will chime in to best management practices.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

robintellis 2014-06-06 19:58:27 -0500 Report

Thank you, James for your "Welcome". I sure will be checking in often. I am still working on my meal planning, and I know I will get a lot of ideas here. Have a great night. May God surround you with His love. Good night. Robin

teacherspet 2014-06-06 18:06:21 -0500 Report

I agree there is no good time. My husband works nights, so I was (am) alone at night, thankfully, each time I've had a low, I've awoke and been able to help myself. But it has given me ideas about a small upstairs refrig stocked with what I need. Being out in public and having a low, that you can't control yourself is an excellent reason to have diabetic ID with you

lindainJapan 2014-06-06 16:24:08 -0500 Report

The worst time to have a low is on an expressway behind the wheel. Thanks to two kind truck drivers who boxed me in and let me Karom off the safety rail and one of their wheels until they got me to an exit and off the road, I'm alive to tell it.

MoeGig 2014-06-06 16:02:07 -0500 Report

Definitely in the middle of the night. I've woken up too many times with a room full of emt's when my wife couldn't wake me to drink the coke next to my bed. Hasn't happened recently since if unsure when I go to bed, I set the alarm for 2am for another check. Also, I really analyze where I'm at relative to food eaten, insulin taken before I go to bed.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-06 14:32:54 -0500 Report

I think the worst time for me is if it drops after I go to sleep. I have had that happen twice. My husband was at work and I was still in bed asleep. My precious Aussie Cody Bear, woke me up. I was groggy and thought I guess he needs out. I stumbled down the hall to let him out and Noooo mama I don't need out. He kept pawing at me and pulling on my PJ's. He wouldn't let me go back to bed. I finally woke up enough to realise something was wrong with me. I tested my sugar and was way too low. I drank a glass of OJ and chewed a glucose tab before I got it back up. Cody was very happy then. Cody saved my life!!! It happened pretty close to the same way once again.

robertoj 2014-06-07 16:34:20 -0500 Report

Your experience was o similar to mine.

JaxCreations 2014-06-07 17:46:17 -0500 Report

Thank goodness for our pets eh robertoj? My dog is very perceptive, wakes my hubby whe he having an asthma attack (phew). Luckily, my sugar has never dipped too low at night, but /i have woken up just before my sugar has dipped.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-07 23:29:05 -0500 Report

I think it is so awesome how our pets are so in tune to us. Dogs or cats, when they are a part of the family they can tell when something is wrong even before we can. I have not been with out a pet since I was a young girl and I can't imagine my life with out one. They give us so much love and my live is better for it.

camerashy 2014-06-06 13:36:51 -0500 Report

The worst time to have a low blood sugar is in the middle of the night. I'll have a nightmare that wakes me up and find that I have big blind spots. OK, so the nightmare scared me, and now the blind spot scared me. Puleeese!

Becca023 2014-06-06 13:31:00 -0500 Report

My worst time is when I'm driving. This has happened to me twice and was pretty scary. Now I keep glucose tabs with me at all times.

jigsaw 2014-06-06 12:31:58 -0500 Report

anytime is bad, but the worst time, is if your sleeping, and it's probably the most dangerous time. I know of two people that went into comas, and died in their sleep. There are ways to cut the odds of this type of incident from happening. It's best to be aware of how!

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2014-06-06 11:32:31 -0500 Report

I know as a parent of a diabetic, my biggest fear was/is always when he's driving.

jigsaw 2014-06-09 16:59:06 -0500 Report

When my daughter was a teenager and driving, I had the same fear, and she didn't even have diabetes! I'm happy to say she made it through those dangerous years! Now her two sons are getting close to that time, oh nooooo! I think this is what gave me diabetes. LOL!

camerashy 2014-06-06 13:38:53 -0500 Report

It used to be when I was driving, but I could always feel it coming and pull off the road to eat my glucose tab.

JaxCreations 2014-06-06 11:45:43 -0500 Report

Oh I have to agree with you there John, I would hate that, luckily, I don't drive, and my 2 sons aren't diabetic - fingers crossed they stay that way.

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