What I learned about the lows!

Mom and boys
By Mom and boys Latest Reply 2009-03-29 01:17:24 -0500
Started 2009-03-24 21:02:15 -0500

There have been a few discussions about lows, when you feel it and how you handle it.

But today I learned that your body can feel the ill effects of a low for 2-3 days after the low – You just need time to recover. That is why small meals every 3 hours are important.

Now I have to wonder…am I always a crab because I am having more lows than I realised???? I am off to have an snack (so I won’t have the morning hi) and off to bed!!!!!

13 replies

BeckyJ 2009-03-28 13:59:28 -0500 Report

Had a scary low yesterday. I had taken Mom into the Doc in this awful weather…Couldn't wait cause it turns out she does have Pneumonia. We were in the clinic for close to 2 hours and when it was time to go I had to dig the car out of the snow. I started shaking and thought it was just the cold…to be safe I checked and was 38! I knew we had to get home becuase of the oncoming blizzard so I took some Glucose tabs and ate the crackers in the back of the truck. I don't even want to quess how long they had been there…lol. Finally got up to 108 before I felt safe to drive. It took us close to 2 hours to get home and when I checked at home it was back down to 63. Loaded up on some PB and white bread and got it back up. Still today it keeps dropping low. I don't think I ever got it up to a good enough number. Like you it seems that for a couple of days after a severe low I keep wanting to go back down. I will be at a good number before meals usually 150-160 but as soon as I take the recomended dosage of my Humalog it will go back down about 4 hours later. I just tested and was 78…not bad but I'm shaking pretty bad and had to dig out the cheese and crackers. Will have to ask my Doc about the 2-3 days after thing. Thanks for the tip. I've been running high for so long I forgot what it was like to run low…it sucks major! I don't really want to run high but I have fewer syptoms then and don't feel bad at all. Gotta be a middle ground somewhere. LOL

zobel 2009-03-28 14:21:15 -0500 Report

becky i have found that physicaly working can cover (and cause) the quick lowering of bg's. and also the restoring time afterwords can cause reaccuring lows

also during this time adjust any new injections to account for starting with lower numbers than normal.

do noy medicate as normal you will yoyo and be hard to keep from going dangerously low.

this "work effect" has also come on for me from heavy mental (thinking) work also.

definatly talk to doc about days later. i am talking about less than 1 day

lipsie 2009-03-29 01:17:24 -0500 Report

Becky, Best be careful sweets! That can be so dangersous, take extra snacks until things seem normal at least. And I am very sorry so hear about your mom. Hope she gets well soon, I know how awful she must feel, I was in the hospital last year with that. Well, had both flu's too but still, lol. Take care hun. Love, Sheila

mary stevens
mary stevens 2009-03-28 13:21:37 -0500 Report

when I have a low sugar I have them at the 90 or below mark. The dr,says to keep it at 70 but my body can't handle below 90. I find that I get tired easily and some times it takes a lot of eating candies or cookies. The lows are a funny feeling to me because they don't always feel the same.

Sally 2009-03-28 14:56:37 -0500 Report

It is good to know I am not alone! I too, feel it when I hit around 85 or 90. I cannot imagine what 70 would feel like.

Splender 2009-03-25 21:21:47 -0500 Report

Carl, I think when anyone goes low they do all they can to get out of it because it is a scary thing to have to go through. Especially when you start doing things that you have no control over. This will all stop just as soon as you learn how to look for the signs of going too low.


Splender 2009-03-25 17:16:24 -0500 Report

Debe—You said just about all the signs I go through. There is one thing though—I don't get hungry—I get ravenous. All I want to do is keep on shoving food in my mouth I don't even care what it is. I am so thankful I can catch myself before I ever get that bad again. That only happened about 2 or 3 times before I knew what it was and then found out how to stop it before it got that bad.


zobel 2009-03-25 20:56:32 -0500 Report

i can relate to the shoveling food. In my case i think its fear that i will continue to drop and not recover. this is totaly irational but i think it is in conjunction with the physical symptoms that you describe. i am getting better with this but is hard. carl

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-03-25 16:54:44 -0500 Report

Low blood sugar can happen even when you are doing all you can to take care of your diabetes. Here are some signs I have written in my note book I would like to share:
* Sweating or pale skin
* Hunger
* Shakiness or dizziness
* Headache
* Clumsy, seizures or jerkiness
* Behavior changes or sudden moodiness
* Confusion or trouble paying attention
* Some time tingling sensation around my mouth

Maybe some other freinds can add to my list…Debe

Anonymous 2009-03-25 07:51:34 -0500 Report

Hypo's are a bad thing, however, I have suffered with them for years. If it's true you feel ill for 2-3 days later, I would guess you have something else going on. Each person is different, I realize this, but I have many, many, more lows than highs and I am not sick every day of my life. I think you should talk with your doctor because like I said each person is different, but with my record numbers of lows, this is not true in my case.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-25 13:25:06 -0500 Report

I don't actually think they meant the you were sick for 2-3 days. It is more like your body takes that time to recover and you may not feel quite right. Like an under lying thing and you would tend to be grumpy, short tempered and maybe a little blue.

The discussion was centered around how important it is to keep you sugar levels conatant with out highs/lows.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-25 13:30:34 -0500 Report

One more thing, the time in my life that I felt the best was while pregnant. I was gestational with both pregnancy, on insulin, good diet and GREAT numbers (sugar control). Got to wonder how those number really affect the way you feel mentally and physically.

lipsie 2009-03-25 07:08:39 -0500 Report

I wish I had the answer for you. You actually taught me something. The new thing is that is can affect us for days if we have our extreme lows? Ulgh! Just more and more it seems. Well, one good thing…maybe I can use this to my advantage…why I have been such a crab to my fiance! lol Nah, not really. Anyhow, good luck, I will be peeking in here off n on to see if you find out anything. Sheila