Traveling and low blood sugar

By DiabetesDiva Latest Reply 2009-10-19 13:59:04 -0500
Started 2009-10-12 00:01:22 -0500

I'm attending my 40 years high school reunion which was a blast. I found myself getting the l blood sugar "shakes" frequently, probably because my eating schedule was off. I found Glucerna bars to be a life saver. Has anyone else had the same experience?

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Vicrgreen 2009-10-14 20:49:52 -0500 Report

Doc gave me a prescription for glucose gel to take when my BG gets to low. I went to the local medical supply to get it filled and they were out of stock but the gal told me to go to the local IGA and buy a couple of those tubes of frosting that they make for writing on cakes. She said it is the same thing as the gel. Having come to in the ER from having what they call an insulin reaction (read very low BG) where they have dosed me with the same stuff I can truthfully say I can't tell the difference between the two.

I carry a couple of the small tubes of frosting in my purse so they are available when I need them. I had a mammogram done yesterday and started feeling dizzy, excused myself for a moment and tested my BG and found it low, ate about 1/2 a tube of the frosting and within a couple of minutes I could feel the strength coming back. The nice thing is that the frosting is much less expensive than the "glucose gel" and works as well. I havne't tried the tablets because Doc hasn't recommended them but I'm sure they would work as well.

I did go get a meal as soon as I left the Imaging Center and before I drove home. Better safe than sorry.

morning star
morning star 2009-10-16 14:32:51 -0500 Report

I gained a lot of knowledge from this article and the reponses to it. I did not know what glucose tablets are. I will get more clarification from my doctor or a friend. I also knew you should eat your meals at the same time, but it didn't sink in to me until now.
Finally,I like the idea about string cheese for snacks!

sweething 2009-10-16 15:47:44 -0500 Report

At one time my husband and I travelled to Europe at least once a year. There was plenty of freedom to carry necessary food supplies. I use fiber bars and real soda for hypo attacks. Sometimes an egg if I can get it. Protein will keep the blood sugar up.

hbkunkel 2009-10-14 13:06:37 -0500 Report

First of all, anyone who has a 40th class reunion has to be A-OK because I just had mine!!! I always travel with juice boxes with me and I know that life savers are easy to carry (chew 5 I have been told). Any time my schedule gets wacky I have a tendency to have low bs and they do not occur at convenient times:(. So I can understand your problem.

US331242 2009-10-14 12:56:26 -0500 Report

Not really a Traveling story…but same result.

I had a job interview that started at 10:30 and went to 1 PM. When I left the interview I had all the low blood sugar symptoms. It was an hour drive home and my blood sugars were at 52. I didn't know what to do in the interview, when I began getting the shakes and foggy head. I can't really stop the interview and go eat.

If I have another job interview that they want to schedule during the lunch hours I just tell them I already have a previous commitment and make them schedule it a different time.

Sarguillo 2009-10-14 13:09:18 -0500 Report

Just carry a few glucose tablets. I like the organge and grape. If you feel the shakes during an iterview. Just calmly take one and see if the shakes subside. Or test yourself before your interview and make sure you are alittle on the high side, just to make sure you dont go low. I would not recomend this usually, but getting a job can be more important and may lead to medical benifits.
Get the job, worry about your diabetes later.
Good luck on your job interviews.
One of the few times I would state to put somthing ahead of your being a diabetic.

US331242 2009-10-14 13:37:29 -0500 Report

Thanks for the comments. I forgot about the tablets; I'll have to find them and get them in the car. I didn't know the interview would last so long, so I didn't think of preparing extensively. I thought a max of one hour and typically that's the case.

Blue Moon
Blue Moon 2009-10-14 12:01:50 -0500 Report

Glad that you had a nice time. I get the shakes when my blood sugar is low as well as get really sleepy and feeling overall funky. I now have a piece of string cheese with me or some fruit when I travel short distances. I'm fairly new to diabetis and learning as I go. I travel a lot on the road and use to have bags of fruit such as oranges and such. Now.. I watch my portion control better. Never thought you could eat to much fruit. It is really scary when your driving and all of a sudden you don't feel like yourself. I've finally learned…The hard way, but at least I'm getting better. I also take Kashi bars as a snack as I drive down the highway, it really helps. Also better management planning with time and allowing little things such as traffic not to get the better of me.

Sarguillo 2009-10-12 13:40:01 -0500 Report

Just came back from a curise and had fun. Tried to keep the same eating schedule that I currently have and it seemed to work out ok. I take snacks with me when I travel. Make sure you take enough meds, twice as much as you think you will need. There are also shakes that are good to keep your BS up.
Hope you have a good time.
Good luck.

Harlen 2009-10-12 20:16:31 -0500 Report

What he sed
It works for me too

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-14 10:31:17 -0500 Report

I am out of town on business for the first time since I was diagnosed with diabetes. I am having more problems with keeping my bs levels down, than up. However, I always keep Glucose Tabs with me, they seem to get my bs up really fast, when I have a low point. Finding places to eat, and eating at the right times I am finding is a real problem. I am T1, and on an insulin pump. You do have to make sure that you have extra everything. I have to have insulin for my pump, and it has to be refrigerated, that can also be a problem. I have to make sure that where ever I go that I have either a refrig in my room, or have access to one, a place to store my insulin. It can be a real hassle, but I guess it is something that you get use to. I am just learning all of these things; the what and what not to do's. I am still in the learning stage. This is all new to me. One more thing I have got to learn is to pack lots of snacks because sometimes when you are traveling out in the middle of no where you can't find a decent place to eat, or a place at all. Just do as I am learning to do, be prepared!!!!! lol

Sarguillo 2009-10-14 13:05:39 -0500 Report

hello, There are small fridges that you can get, they are made for 6 packs soda to carry in your car. They can be plugged into the cars lighters outlet. When not in car, they can be plugged into an regular outlet. Might want to look into one of those. If they are too bulky, there are travel cases that have Frige ice packs. They are and work like coolers. You can ask the hotel to keep your ice pack in the fridge or freezer while your spare is in the cooler. As for eating out, just make better descisions of what is available. Did you know that you can ask for a hamburger in just about any fast food place without the bun??? They will put it on a plate for you. Did you know that those that cannot digest Glutun aslo do this? If eating out at a finer resturant, ask for the heart healthy meals. They usually have more vegstables, ususally steamed. less fat. less carbs.
Well, good luck.

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