Level control

By HDTriker Latest Reply 2015-01-03 11:47:30 -0600
Started 2015-01-02 06:40:19 -0600

I'm new to this site so if I bore you I'm sorry. I was just told last month that I have Type 2 I have a question. On New Years eve I ate and then felt like my blood sugar had become low. I checked it and it was down to 48 and about two hours prior it was 120. It dropped and before I knew it I was on the floor. My girlfriend call 911 and in the meantime I ate some glocose tablets. The paramedics checked my blood again and it was up to 104 but I still felt bad. I didn't go to the emergency room for treatment I just kept a close eye on the numbers. Has anyone else had this happen and if so what can I do to hopefully not have this problem again? Thank you.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-03 11:47:30 -0600 Report

That happened to me early last year. It was the first time in 7 years this had happened. Luckily for me one of our Police Officers was bringing me a packet of information for a project we were working on. He knows I am diabetic and got me into his police car and took me to the ER with lights and sirens.

I had tried fast acting glucose and it shot my blood sugar up really fast then it dropped to 48. By the time I got to the ER, I could not answer questions. He took my phone because I have ICE on it and he knows my password. He was able to fill out the information for me. Call my sister and told her if they kept me he would call her. The doctor gave me a shot of insulin to stabilize my blood sugar. When it was up to 120, he sent me home. I called the officer and he came back and picked me up.

It is good to call 911 when you get that low even with taking glucose because you never know what is going to happen. Make sure you inform your doctor of what happened.

Type1Lou 2015-01-02 17:13:08 -0600 Report

I've found that drinking any alcohol may make my BG plummet pretty fast. You don't indicate whether any alcohol was ingested. Also, if your mealtime was delayed, that may have played a role. Good that you carried the glucose tabs and were able to take them to get your BG back up. Gabby's advice to mention this episode to your doctor is "spot-on". Lows are no fun at best and dangerous and life-threatening at worse.

HDTriker 2015-01-03 06:15:16 -0600 Report

Thanks Lou. No I had not had any alcohol but I did take the medicine late. I appreciate your help. Thank you

GabbyPA 2015-01-02 15:27:47 -0600 Report

What kind of foods did you eat? Generally you go up after you eat, but alcohol can play tricks on you if you had drinks as well. Or if you had a lot of physical activity, that can cause you to drop so if you were at a party or dancing or something that could be a contributing factor.

Dropping low is scary and it's great that you girlfriend knew what to do. Being aware of your body is the only way I can say you can prevent passing out. Sometimes our meds just work really well when we are new to it all and they take us for a not so nice ride. I know when I first when on insulin, I was laying in bed watching TV and I dropped to 48. I felt weird, the shakes came after I got up to go test. Creeped me out, but I did what you did and ate some glucose tablets. Waited 15 minutes, tested again and saw that it was starting to go up. So I just ate something more "normal".

You want to make your doctor aware of your low and they might suggest some adjustments in your treatment plan. Sadly, I cannot say you this won't happen again. It is the nature of the beast. You just need to focus on your self awareness.

HDTriker 2015-01-02 16:51:18 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby. I took my meds just before eating and we had pizza. I have an appointment Monday with my doctor so hopefully this will not become a weekly event. I really appreciate your reply.

GabbyPA 2015-01-02 18:16:59 -0600 Report

I hope it goes well and you can skip the lows. I used to think I would never have them because I always run so high, but when I started having them, I was glad I payed attention to what people said here. It helped me get through it.

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