Duho! It Was Upside Down

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2016-04-04 00:07:12 -0500
Started 2015-04-10 07:48:18 -0500

I just had to share this because it was so stupid it was funny. Yesterday I went very long between breakfast and lunch. Usually I do about 5 hours, but it was over 8 yesterday. Well, I always test before lunch and boy did I freak out. I read a 26! OMG…I went to show my husband and then he freaked out and gave me a slug of sweet tea. But the weird things was that I didn't feel low at all. A 26 should have put me on the floor. I felt perfectly fine except that my tummy was growling. I retested and it was 88.

I got to thinking that there was no way I had a 26 and I started to experiment with the numbers and reading them upside down. (the meter I use is oblong and it can be easily read either way) Sure enough I am sure I had a 92. Whew! I just laughed. I have a habit of placing my meter in front of me a certain way to wait for my reading and for some reason, I placed it the wrong way…what a crazy moment.

Have you ever had a palm to the forehead moment with your diabetes? Or something that you can laugh at now, even though it freaked you out at first? Love to know I am not alone. LOL

26 replies

onafixedincome 2016-03-29 10:08:34 -0500 Report

Okay, now I don't feel so bad. The oval meters are rigged for left handed people, so unless I leave mine IN the case and use it the SAME way every time without fail, yep, I'll automatically turn it to be 'right handed'…upside down!

GabbyPA 2016-03-29 19:54:20 -0500 Report

I'm glad it's not just me then. I do the same thing. I take it out the same, load it the same, test the same, but for some reason when I tested the opposite hand (which I do anyway) I just layed it down upside down. It was funny...well at least I can laugh at it now.

wraithmb 2015-04-15 01:09:10 -0500 Report

My biggest hand meets forehead moment was getting my insulin pens mixed up first thing in the morning, and going back to bed without realizing it. I took 8 units of lantus (basal insulin) and 32 units of humalog (bolus insulin). I came around, looked at the paramedic and said something like "oh … Not this with you s again". To which my wife replied "He's back, I'll start making sandwiches!"

God bless my wife and the paramedics sense of humor!

I was told my blood sugar was below 1.0 mmol which works out to around 18 mgdl if I remember right. I had to miss a half day of work while the insulin wore off, and I spent the next three days correcting high blood sugars at every turn…

It's kind of scary when I look back at it…

GabbyPA 2015-04-15 07:36:15 -0500 Report

Oh my, that is scary. I do love the sense of humor about it and we do have to give credit to our spouses, because they live with it too. Glad you survived to plant palm squarely on the forehead.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-04-13 17:39:35 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
Last Friday I went to a Dr.'s appointment following the 11:30 am one. I

didn't have time to eat in between. I thought I would be fine until I got home to eat. DON'T DO THIS…when I came to I was in the ER with a slow drip IV and sore hip in the rear region where I got a shot bring up my glucose. I had no warning.. All the sudden I felt like I was going to pass out and I did. Boy did that Dr. chew me out for going so long without food. He said I dropped to 15. They fed me and took me back to see my Dr. who I had an appointment with. He chewed me out too.. That was a real slap to my forehead.

suecsdy 2015-04-14 12:19:56 -0500 Report

A good lesson to learn as too many of us do the same thing. I try to make my appts early in the morning and will not eat before in case they want fasting blood or other fluids. I do make sure to carry some sort of snack with me, just in case though. Sorry about the shot in the bum, but at least you are still here to tell the story.

GabbyPA 2015-04-14 09:10:49 -0500 Report

Sounds more like it was a slap on the hip. I am glad you came out ahead on that one. 15 is way too low. wow.

Lauren Elizabeth
Lauren Elizabeth 2015-04-13 15:34:44 -0500 Report

You know I have done the same thing. Of course if I was wearing my glasses it wouldn't have happened. I can read the number with my glasses but I don't know if I have it upside down without them!! Mine is a long oval. The lowest my sugar has been, since being diagnosed in late January this year, was a 59. Explains my not feeling well. Did the rule of 15. Ate some watermelon and a cheese stick and 15 minutes later it was 121! I had asked my nutritionist what to do if I had low sugar and she gave me a handout with the Rule of 15 on it. I didn't think it was ever going to happen, but it did.

mcmbkk 2016-03-31 23:10:58 -0500 Report

What is the rule of 15? One of the dietitians told
Me simply not to worry about lows as a T2. That was her answer. Duh.

rcmodelr 2015-04-10 13:53:28 -0500 Report

That does qualify as a palm to forehead or maybe even a slap to back of head moment… But I have actually tested that low or lower while feeling fine. My lowest reading was 2 years post dx when I started to "not feel right" while working on top of a 40 foot long extension ladder. When I got to the ground, I tested 3 times and all 3 tests came out saying my BG was somewhere between 15 & 20. Over the last few years though, I've never tested below 20 but don't always feel any different with BG in mid to low 20's than I do with BG around more desired range of 90 - 120. I sometimes feel the lows, but less than 1/2 the time. That's my #1 reason for using my CGM

debcox 2015-04-10 12:22:33 -0500 Report

Wow, that probably freaked you out. I was feeling lightheaded a few weeks ago and checked my glucose level to find that I had a reading of 58. I checked it twice just to be sure and had my grandson zip to the kitchen and grab me a small cup of orange juice.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-10 11:15:04 -0500 Report

THAT was funny…defiantly a "hand palm moment"…but don't feel bad..you are NOT..alone…I once tried to take my BG reading with my ketone meter..( the one I have to measure ketones in my blood)…I kept getting readings of 2.3 and such… I sat there and took my reading like three times…before I realized I was using the wrong meter…so yeah reading a number upside down is NOTHING compared to my brain cramp…at least you were using a BG meter to get your BG reading..

GabbyPA 2015-04-14 09:12:15 -0500 Report

LOL, that is funny too. I just have pee strips for ketones. So I don't have to worry about that happening (thank goodness! LOL)

Mallacai 2015-04-10 10:19:44 -0500 Report

Had one of those low readings early after i was diagnosed. My son said dad it's a geriatric moment you are reading your meter upside down.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2015-04-10 10:08:29 -0500 Report

Every once in a while I will get an "unexpected" reading, either to high or two low. I will test a second time to confirm. Also, when I get a new lot of test strips, I will test several new ones with the old ones with the same drop of blood to see if there are any "lot differences".

bellastar 2015-04-10 10:08:21 -0500 Report

Happened to me a couple of days ago when I laid the meter down and then glanced at it for the number!

Wandalita 2015-04-10 09:13:00 -0500 Report

Omg…good thing it was upside down, my friend, no bueno…now you'll be more aware which it's a good thing. …lotssa luck. …

Pegsy 2015-04-10 08:03:02 -0500 Report

LOL! I'm glad my meter has an obvious position in which to be read. It is rare for me to have a reading below 100. Your experience would have really freaked me out!

GabbyPA 2015-04-10 08:32:13 -0500 Report

My old meter is one that is pointed down at the strip and you read it that way. I have been using this one for years now, but this was the first time I did this. I think when I saw the numbers I was so freaked out, I didn't pay any attention to what side my strip was sticking out on. LOL