Sweet Tips from church!

Pat Roth
By Pat Roth Latest Reply 2009-09-08 18:13:49 -0500
Started 2009-09-06 15:00:04 -0500

I hope no one thinks that I am taking over this site——but I just felt the need to share some of the things regarding diabetis that I learned at church this morning.

Our minister is a severe diabetic, (I am NOT) so go by info from OTHERS___

Fri. night he attended a ball game, ate a weiner and bun, a few chips, got home his BS was 260 so thought he would be OK for the night, took his insulin ( I don't know his dosage) and thought it would hold him till morning! NOT! At 4am (he is fortunate to be married to a caring wife—!) she heard him moaning, unusal for him in his 31 years of being a dibaetic, she checked his BS and it was 25 !! Well, YOU DIABETICS know how THAT GOES! He was out, of course, but she till tried to give him honey on his tongue, could swallow—SOME____Tricky——, no response, got a bit of milk in him—had called 911 as they live miles from town or a hospital— finally he responded enough to eat 1/2 cracker so by the time the ambulance got there his BS was UP to 56 !!! WOW!!!

They took him on into the ER for 2 hours, gave him glucose IV, watched him, then sent him back home to rest and recupperate. He slept 2 more hours and feels FAIR this morn, but his WIFE (the CAREGIVER) is shot, so tired, she did not have the help of added glucose to help her recover from the situation!

I mentioned the caregivers too, as they play an important part in the life of a diabetic, and sometimes are ignored.

We have been discussing people's attitudes to diabetics—well, in our church there are a few with dry humor, one farmer commented, (laughing) here you are in the pulpit teaching us how to live, and YOU can't even eat right!! And how many years did you say that you have been a diabiteic??" Everyone laughed, and the preacher looked sheepish, but laughed too and shrugged! (what else could the man do??!! HA)

The minister chatted with his brother, also a severe diabetic, and he suggested eating a spoon of peanut butter on bread to avoid those sudden, night lows when in full sleep that could take your life! Milk does help BUT the peanut butter takes a bit longer to digest, therefore longer lasting.

When I worked at the hospital, if they were awake, we gave orange juice for a quick high, followed by crackers and cheese or peanut butter to carry them higher, longer, and not so abrupt a response.

If comatose, of course an IV was started as you sure don't want to choke a person that can't swallow.

I accidently have been eating 1/2 slice of wheat bread with 1 tbls of peanut butter as that is about all I have felt like eating lately. but I have never had deep lows so wouldn't know how helpful it actually is, so wanted to report this morning's conversations in hope that it might help someone else to avoid those traumatic LOWS in the night!

Best wishes to ALL! Pat Roth

8 replies

hbkunkel 2009-09-08 11:08:43 -0500 Report

Keep juice boxes next to your bed so that in cases of emergencies yu do not even have to get out of bed. Also keep cake decorating jell next to your bed so your husband can help you take it. I also agree of the bednut better. My diabetic nurse recommends 1 - 2" original graham cracker with something like smart balance peanut butter on it because then you are getting essential omega's 3. Also carry those glycose tablets with you everywhere for emergencies.

kdroberts 2009-09-08 08:31:55 -0500 Report

I'll be honest, he just sounds like a diabetic that doesn't really know what to do and/or doesn't take an active role in his care. Diabetes is diabetes, there is no severe diabetes because it's all severe. Pure peanut butter won't raise blood sugar at all, the processed stuff that contains sugar can but as you say it takes a little longer than milk/OJ and all that stuff.

If it's being discussed it would be a good idea to mention the importance of being the center of your diabetes treatment and learning enough to make your own decisions on your treatment with the help of your doctor. It's not good to blindly follow what anyone says, you have to find out how your own body works and then go from there.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-09-08 11:27:04 -0500 Report

Oh, our minister does take an active part in his own diabetis, does not always just rely on others suggestions, but I think that we all have decided that sometimes Drs do not know it all, true, we should know our own bodies and I think that listening to all bits of information, then testing it out on yourself as we are all different, is helpful. At least we have a good discussion going. Hugs, Pat R

ellenl 2009-09-07 22:25:30 -0500 Report

i am kinda glad you brought the conversashion up becuse it was abought a month ago i was sleeping and it felt like my whole body was shaken is it possible to be asleep and wake up and find your self shaken in the middle of the night i was scared but i thought it was maybe a dream and i went back to sleep

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-09-07 22:46:15 -0500 Report

Are you alone? To me that is what would be so scary—-so an ounce of precaution might save your life—the one reason that I brought it up—-I know some of us are single, I am married but my hubby sleeps in another room and is very hard of hearing—-so no help there, I always have felt on my own with illness anyway, as he hates hospitals and illness, unless it is him! hah—

So for those who are in a similar plight, the one thing that got to me these past years was to "feel all alone" even in a crowded room—-I know, my own problem, but if I can help someone else to avoid that feeling, I will sure try!

Take care and eat your peanut butter on one slice of whole wheat bread at bedtime, then Safely have SWEET DREAMS!! Pat R

ellenl 2009-09-08 00:05:44 -0500 Report

no i aint a lone i am married but the thought of it scared me i didnt know you could have a low and go in a coma thank you and i will eat my peanut butter