glucose way way way too high

By svengali35 Latest Reply 2009-04-04 06:34:17 -0500
Started 2009-03-26 13:57:00 -0500

I had been feeling exhausted today and I had a good rest last evening… I checked my Blood glucose and got a 503 reading.. that is the second highest reading ever… first time I had a 555 and that had me in the hospital. On my Insulin scale it said to shoot 11 units of insuiln (fast acting) if over 411… I did. my glucose was substantially over the 411 mark.. should I be taking a trip to the ER?

15 replies

Berniemac 2009-04-02 18:46:36 -0500 Report

I often feel tired and sluggish, have trouble sleeping at night, but can sleep a lot during the day. Anyone else feeling the same? Sometimes by level is over 200, but for the most part it is below 160-165. I am disabled and can't do certain exercises, need to loose about 50 pounds. Any suggestions for alternative exercises, cannot stand or walk for long periods of time.

2009-04-02 19:42:14 -0500 Report

Alternative exercises. Anything that raises your heart rate. You can do this sitting or laying on the couch. Move your arms and legs in intervals, any motion that you can do, like riding a bike, or up and down. Just do it for a short time, them rest, then do it again, and rest … Keep doing this over and over again for a while and it's better than no exercise at all. If you do the intervals long enough and hard enough you can get your heart rate up and get your muscles moving all laying on the couch. You can do stomach crunches this way too. Laying on the couch, pull your knees as close to your chest as you can, hold for 5 seconds and release, repeat. Don't hold your breath, breath deeply as you do this and hold in your stomach. If you did each of these for 5-10 min a day to start out and increase the time you do it or the intervals you could burn some calories.

All while laying on the couch :)

lipsie 2009-04-04 06:34:17 -0500 Report

Thanks for thata advice, my fiance has the same sitation so I will suggeest this. Thank again! Sheila N Ty

2009-03-29 18:55:14 -0500 Report

I have been in the 600's before, and not gone to the ER, because what can they do that you, yourself cannot?

2009-03-29 22:07:10 -0500 Report

I think after a number of days of elevated readings like this, a doctor is needed to find a reason why. If it's just one or two in a day and drops back to normal with at home treatment, I would just record it and mention it to my doctor at my next visit. But when it's been 3 days + it's time to see someone.

Just my opinion

lipsie 2009-03-27 02:40:40 -0500 Report

This was posted a while back so I am a little late, I just am hoping to hear back from you that you are okay and what happened? I hope all is well! Love, Sheila

svengali35 2009-03-29 12:08:43 -0500 Report

I am going to my Endo Tomorrow as my numbers are still way out of wack. Im down under 400 now however I cant seem to get back to normal… I watch my carb intake very carefully as even low carbs have always made me spike.. and zero sugar in my diet… You know some days I just feel like giving up. Crazy after this winter I went out and played golf with my daughter on Friday and after that work out my numbers were still high… Hope to find out why tomorrow because Im sick of sticking myself.

lipsie 2009-03-29 13:39:34 -0500 Report

I know its tough, but stay strong please! You just mentioned you daughter..think of her so you HAVE to stay with it okies? I know I need to practice what I preach too, lol but I am trying…I called my phych dr, seeing him THIS week, and family dr at that…hope that something will help me feel better too. If ya ever wanna write just send me a msg…keep each other strong, lol Anyhow, good luck…take care Love always, Sheila

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-03-29 14:37:32 -0500 Report

One more thought, now that it's clear that this is ongoing. Sometimes, you can get a bad vial of insulin. Perhaps somewhere along the line it got too hot or even too cold. Have you tried using a fresh vial of insulin?

It hasn't happened to us much. But it has happened. Just something to check out.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-03-26 16:58:33 -0500 Report

Give yourself an hour or two and see where you are. If your blood sugar stays super high and you have no explanation, then you may need to go for urgent care to make sure you don't have a serious infection or something causing it.

Also, if in a couple of hours you're not down significantly, you should check for ketones in your urine. If you're spilling ketones, you should definitely talk to a nurse or doctor for any changes in your sliding scale.

rbergman 2009-03-26 14:05:35 -0500 Report

I would first suggest you call your diabetes care provider, explain to them your reading and what your guidelines say you should do. Also, did you retest immediately after getting that 503 reading? Sometimes the test site may not be clean, or if you use alcohol swabs and it didn't dry completely the alcohol can alter a reading. The rule of thumb in our house is, if I get anything over 250 i retest right away, for our daughter anything over 170 and we retest as her numbers run pretty low normally and 9 times out of 10 it was a false reading and the second one shows a much better reading. But, if you have done all of this, rather than rush to the ER I would call your doctor you see for diabetes and see what they have to say first, it could save you money by not having to go to the ER if not absolutely necessary.

alwaystryin 2009-03-26 17:32:47 -0500 Report

Testing always (and perhaps should) offer many discussions. The alcohol wipe factor has proven to be valid for us. Warm water and a good soap seems to be the best option pre-finger. Also, it has been said that when a sample seems to be difficult to obtain from the finger, instead of a direct squeeze, try a rolling/rippling motion from mid-finger.

And the only alternative I have found to validate a 'weird' reading, is to re-test, and if there is another meter handy, try that.

And as always, if we do not ask, we cannot be informed.

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