What Do You Carry for Hypoglycemia Reactions ?

By ncnurse1459 Latest Reply 2008-11-10 14:36:37 -0600
Started 2008-07-07 04:53:05 -0500

We know the "textbook" symptoms: shaking, sweating, dizziness, hunger, headache, feeling anxious or nervous, moodiness, or sudden change in mood, expressing anger, defensiveness, or passivity, and difficulty speaking or concentrating. I carry Relion products for these reactions: GLUCOSE DRINK: LEMON-LIME, 2 OZ = 15 GRAMS FAST-ACTING CARBS & GLUCOSE TABLETS, 4 GRAMS PER TABLET OF FAST-ACTING CARBS. Luckily, I don't have this happen very much, but I try to be ready for anything.

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christynina 2008-11-10 14:33:54 -0600 Report

My daughter is 15 and just diagnosed with hypoglycemia. She has to eat every two hours to keep control. She is still pretty embarrassed that she has to eat during class, even though her friends and teachers have been supportive. She still has a tendency to wait too long. We had an episode last week and she was fuzzy and walking into things. She tried eating to get it under control and no luck! I think the thing that finally did it was a rootbeer float. Since then, we have gotten the glucose tablets and she can carry an epi-pen, just in case. I am grateful, because sometimes the regular "sugar fix" doesn't work. Good luck!

G Thomas
G Thomas 2008-08-30 13:56:31 -0500 Report

After exercise I am real low 68/80, especially in the yard cleaning out my flowers. That also makes you sweat. Once I start to sweat real good I know Its time to eat. Note, I always do this early while its cool. Other time like in the afernoon or evenings when I have been busy in the house I don't realize I am ready for food. Then I get this noodle like feeling in my lower body bit by bit. Either way soda,chocolate and any candy like skittles, sunburst. That stuff is fast.

christynina 2008-11-10 14:36:37 -0600 Report

It was interesting to see that you see the low blood sugar level at 64. When we were discussing my daughter's sugar levels with the RN at her doc's office that does the diabetes education, she didn't think 64 for a 15 year old 90 pound kid was bad. All I can say, is thank goodness the RN isn't the Doc.

CateyeMarble 2008-08-13 06:21:27 -0500 Report

I've been going about it wrong, I guess — as in this morning 5:00 AM I had 48 BG — luckily I wake up. But what did I do, made breakfast and had two English Muffins with scrambled eggs. DIdn't take any insulin and went back to bed so when lunch came I was 195.
I'm overweight and have been using food to fight the lows instead of the sugar tablets which I have. I also carry sugar packets from restaurants but again rarely use as I eat meal-type carbs.
What I have to remember is I only need to get my BG up to 100 not overdose on carbs and calories. I'm my own worse enemy! :-)

CateyeMarble 2008-08-15 01:03:12 -0500 Report

By the Way - The mini M&M's tubes are the same size as the Reli-on tablets and hold as many. I bought several red ones (gave away the M&M's on Halloween) and now I grab for the red tube or can tell someone to grab the red tube.

Edie 2008-08-30 13:43:32 -0500 Report

When I was working I kept a soda near where we could grab it if need be. At home I keep a bag of candy bars, oranges, apples and all kinds of juice at hand. Yesterday I used the last orange I woke up this morning with my sugar below 50 around 3 something. I grabed the pasta salad in the frig. ate it sewed on my sisters couch quilt and then went back to bed after 2 hours. Got back up and checked my sugar it was 212 not good. When I fixed my husband Breakfast I left the kitchen and didn't eat till lunch when I had a tuna sandwich and my diet pepsi called it good. Before supper my sugar was 88 and after supper 2 hours later it was only 108 I made BBQ beef fried potatoes & onions and french style green beans I ate the veg. the BBQ beef and 1/3 of the potatoes. The rest Bill will get in the morning with his eggs. My breakfast tomorrow will be 2 slices of toast with peanutbutter and a cup of Hot Cocoa as I don't drink coffee or tea. I'll check my sugars again 2 hours after eating and taking my Byetta one hr.before eating my sugars are good on Sundays as I eat the same thing on that day each week.

just4us3 2008-08-13 06:13:47 -0500 Report

I always carry glucose tablets with me, but I also carry a little med bottle with a few pieces of candy in it. If I know I'm going to be gone a while and somewhere I am not going to eat I will usually carry a small bottle of orange or apple juice,. I have used the gels also and I like them, I just think it works better for me with the tablets

jani 2008-08-09 11:20:33 -0500 Report

Frankly, my son thinks glucose tablets are nasty. We look at it like this—a carb is a carb so why not enjoy it? We have found that airheads, werthers hard candy, or tootsie rolls work well and taste a lot better.

patti 2008-08-09 10:24:18 -0500 Report

I always carry a 6-pack cooler packed with small cans of orange juice. My sugars drop and I dont have any knowledge of it. I have had to call 911 while driving and wait for help. My sugars were at 22. I have to test 6-8 times a day because I get no warnings that they are falling.

burlinga 2008-08-09 09:37:14 -0500 Report

I have had diabetes for 17 years and I just can NOT stand the glucose tabs anymore! They make me gag!! LOL

I try to keep peanut butter crackers with me.

DiabeticizMe 2008-08-09 07:32:29 -0500 Report

I do not leave home w/o my GLUCOSE TABLETS!!! I have them in my purse and car. Come to think of it I should be keeping some by my night stand.

BarryE 2008-08-07 12:13:29 -0500 Report

I carry glucose tabs & my glucometer everywhere I go. I usually get reactions at work unfortunately, but my co-workers and my boss are super supportive, and they all know what to do in an emergency and where I keep my toolkit.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-08-07 11:58:37 -0500 Report

I carry in my purse (which goes everywhere I go) my meter, glucose tabs, and I also have an emergency glucogun kit. I've never (in 14 years) needed the emergency kit… so that's good. I use the glucose tabs all the time. If you need them often, I recommend Costco.

Gemy 2008-07-18 10:51:23 -0500 Report

I carry raisins or lifesavers candies. That was what I was told when I took the classes for our condition.

Rita 2008-07-15 09:03:13 -0500 Report

I have my glucose tablets with me and for a quick snack a Flax Seed Omega 3 cookies.

Charish 2008-07-15 06:40:27 -0500 Report

I carry soft pepper mint it dissolves quicker, glucose tablets and now I have my glucose meter.


Lanore 2008-07-14 03:05:47 -0500 Report

I carry glucose tablets with me at all times as i have a real problem with this. It just happened last night and found i was down to 47, but good since at times I don't even deel it any more. Good thing my hubby can tell. Lanore

peevine 2008-07-13 04:22:46 -0500 Report

I carry sugar wafers in the glove box in my car—-In the house I can use just plain sugar—cookies—candy- I dont need them very often but there on hand if I do need help.

bricksee 2008-07-13 02:29:31 -0500 Report

I go low all the time as well (in the 30's—very suddenly) IF I don't have a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Just notice I get shaky and lose ability to function (concentrate/task) abruptly - very little time to respond. I keep glucose tablets everywhere.

pmg - 18722
pmg - 18722 2008-07-07 14:54:02 -0500 Report

I feel kind of stupid asking (especially since I read some of the symptoms you mentioned) but how do you know if your sugar is too low or too high. Before my diagnoses, I have had episodes of feeling shaky ( I totally hate climbing stairs. My heart feels like it is going to leap out of my chest), tired, blurred vision, even tearfullness for no apparent reason. Where do I buy the tablets you mentioned to help when your sugar is too high (?) or too low(?). Is it for both?

luv2tan 2008-07-07 13:02:55 -0500 Report

I keep hard candy with me, but usually when my suger drops, it drops in a hurry and the hard candy is not enough to get it up. I usually have to drop whatever i'm doing and go find something very sweet such as a candy bar or donuts.

Cindy Lee - 18495
Cindy Lee - 18495 2008-07-07 13:11:52 -0500 Report

I really enjoy jelly beans-just 6 jelly beans acts quuickly to chase away my grumpiness, I always have to carry a small bag to share with my friends, tho!

Jonathan - 13553
Jonathan - 13553 2008-07-07 08:12:48 -0500 Report

Glucose tablets. Plus, I keep them any place they might come in handy: bedside, car, briefcase, gym bag, office, coat pocket, daughter's backpack.

morris.js 2008-07-07 07:15:05 -0500 Report

I carry glucose tablets all the time, plus my Glucagon emergency kit is always where I am, esp. when working out in Tae Kwon Do. On my nightstand, I keep the glucose jell as it disoves quickly and easily for those bad nightime lows.

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-07 05:26:01 -0500 Report

I have this happen ALL THE TIME!! as you've probably seen in my posts on here. I carry Glucose tablets in my purse and a granola bar just in case. If I'm somewhere that has food or drink and it happens, milk actually works the best but it's hard to carry that around with you LOL


DonnaAnn 2008-07-18 13:02:14 -0500 Report

I carry one of three things with me at all times: a piece of fruit (apple or handful of grapes) glucos tablets. Or if I left the house in a hurry I will stop and pick up a small bag of jelly beans. A nurse told me about that one.

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