I just had my worst low sugar episode

By DiabetesDiva Latest Reply 2016-09-28 06:21:00 -0500
Started 2008-07-14 08:06:31 -0500

Hands shaking so badly, I can hardly type. Ate a burrito and now a banana. My bgl was 69. I'm going to make an appt with the doc and buy those glucose tablets everyone recommends.
My only other alternative to eat was sugar, but I didn't know if I should do that.

108 replies

high heels
high heels 2013-07-18 23:53:05 -0500 Report

Some are talking about having bad experiences because their blood sugars are in the 60's and 80's, but these are normal blood sugars. You should not be experiencing these kinds of symptoms unless you go below 60. Then a small amount of sugar to bring your readings up and some protein to keep them up is the proper treatment.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-18 10:09:36 -0500 Report

Be thankful that 69 has been your worse experience with low bs. Mine has gone down into the 40s and 30s. I know how you feel however with the shaking, etc. And it can be very scary. I keep the Glucose Tabs on hand all the time, and they seem to get my bs back up faster than anything else. Sometimes all I have to do is eat a 1/4 of a tablet and in just a few minutes my bs is back up to a more normal level. I am on the pump, so when mine goes low, I suspend my pump for about 30 min., and eat the glucose tab, check my bs in 30 minutes, and if everything is ok, I resume my pump and everything is fine. It does depend on how low my bs goes as to how much of the tablet I eat. You just have to work with them to see how quickly and how much I need to regulate my bs. But they do work, and work great!

sweething 2009-10-18 12:08:41 -0500 Report

After 26 years of diabetes, I have very little awareness of my BS getting lower until it is very low. Last week, 34. My vision goes weird—like I can only see part of things. I shake, I sweat, I get anxious, and frightened. I can't think of anything to do, at the time, to make my situation change. It's like I was thrown out to sea without any flotation equipment. By the time my husband can get a can of real soda down me, I can start to think and know I have to get some protein in me or it will start again soon. I can again take care of myself.

angelalouise 2009-07-16 08:58:45 -0500 Report

Hi, Yes low bg is bad and makes you feel bad. don't over do the eating. i find a glass of whole milk does it for me or ice cream. the feeling takes time to go away and sometimes last longer even though our numbers are up. eating more will only make the numbers go up too far. be well. Angela

flores 2009-07-12 19:13:23 -0500 Report

Hello DiabetesDiva, I'm sorry about your low sugar reading. I and my wife have had some scary low blood sugar readings.Once hers went down to 25 and we thought it was the new med. they had prescribed for her ,because she was sleeping too much that day and later that evening. Our monitors were giving us a gook reading so we could'nt figure out what it was.Our moniters were low on batterys, and when we called the ambulance they said it was reading 25.They gave her a shot of glucagon 1mg.Now she has one in her purse at all times.But if yours gets low chew a glucose tblt.or two snd drink a small glass of orange juice.Also,try a drink of glucerna,it has different flavors.Drink it in-between meals to keep your sugar level from getting too low.I hope you feel better and this helps or whatever you try. Just be careful with doing too much work and forget to check your blood sugar readings,and be careful of stress.Talk to you again later.Flores

Sarguillo 2009-03-03 18:12:58 -0600 Report

My last low BS episode happened in a Hospital. I was going in for a blood test. My morning numbers were about 70 or so, Worked out a plan. Take my insuin and Glipizide When I left home. Drive to hospital, do the quick blood draw, get to Mc D's and have a meal. A treat for giving up some blood. Meal should happen in about half hour after I took my pill. Didnt expect so many people at lab. Forget it was a weekend and lab was full, over an hour and a half later, they finally called me up. By this time Im have already started to shake. They took 3 vials of blood and I informed them that I was about to pass out. 16 oz of OJ later, no Glucose tablets with me I walk out of Lab. In Hospital hall way, I get a dizzy feeling and almost faint. Sat down hard. Waited a few minutes for the OJ to take effect. People walking by, nobody noticed that I was having issues. Straight to Hopital Caffeteria instead of Mc Donalds. Full strength syrup sode that day. Not going to be caught without Glucose tablets anymore. Sometimes, its hard not to know if the shakes are from being cold or from low BS. Always keep a meter and supplies with you.

celtic lioness
celtic lioness 2009-03-03 11:12:51 -0600 Report

I am glad to note to you seem to have made it out of your worst low sugar episode unscathed.I know it can be very scary,I too am still learning how to cope with these episodes and they will continue to happy when you least expect it.I do carry those glucose tablets with me at all times,as I had learned about them while taking care of my mother who was also a diabetic.
I carry a tube in my purse,have one by my bedside which is right by my computer,also have one on the side table next to the chair I sit in while watching tv in the living room and I make sure I have a tube on hand at work.
Please make sure to talk with your doctor about the use of these.They are a godsend in that most frightening of moments when you don't feel that you have the time to go get orange juice or some other dring thats suggested you take in the event of a low blood sugar attack.
Good luck.

MeiMei 2009-03-02 12:51:32 -0600 Report

The problem with having pure sugar is you get the high but then you can get a low that is even worse than the original one you were treating in the first place. Much better to do what you did—have something that is high in protein and complex carbs. the recovery will be a little slower, not by much tho.

pop2 2009-03-02 09:26:03 -0600 Report

low blood sugar attacks are common for me,
I seem to have them trying to loose weight, exercise to hard, the only way to avoid them is to test bs often christmas eve was one of the worst below 50 when I tested I drank a cup of egg nog and SANTAS SUGAR COOKIES that saved me.the grand kids had but them out for santa.Somtimes I get lost on where I put
my stuff like my candy bag I can not think right I am in sort of a daze I guess.I can control it by testing 4-5 times a day sometimes more.

DJ 2009-03-01 10:44:46 -0600 Report

I have to say..I agree with Photogirl on this one…If you treat a low you need to follow it up with food..or you run the risk of a crash once the sugar/carb over-load is depleted!! I always use OJ or Milk and then after about 15 mins have a sandwich or a safe snack. I have read everyones comments and I have to say that frequent lows really worry me..and it seems that over medication or lack of eating the proper foods look to be the cause in many cases..but that is just my take on it.I take Lantus insulin once a day before bed time and then have a small carb snack right before bed, and for me this has stopped the lows and I watch what I eat..no processed foods,only Veggies,fruits,whole-grains,chicken,fish,lean pork chops,eggs occasionally,1% milk,Vinegar,Dill or sour pickles,Saurqraut,( this is a wonder food for BG Highs)..but Never under any conditions will I drink any kind of Soda, even a sip..it is a death drink in my opinion..even for sugar lows.I find Milk works best..but OJ will do as well.I also agree that everyone is different and somethings work for some and not for others..it is a huge learning experiment for sure. I find the most difficult thing is how all the Dr.s say different things and treat so differently it can be very frustrating..so I have found that learning from others with this condition also helps and trying new things can be helpful..but then I have never put all my trust in Dr.s, that is not to say I ignore what they tell me, but I feel that by educating myself on this condition and making informed decisions I can do a better job.Just my take on this subject.

azmisty 2009-03-01 07:49:40 -0600 Report

For my 1st 4 years treating diabetes, I never experienced low blood sugar but the 1st time that I did…I felt like I had been hit by a truck.

I use to carry glucose tabs or hard candy…but I don't like the taste of the tabs and with my last bout of low bg…I chipped a tooth on the hard candy!!

My doc told me to use 4oz of orange juice or 4 oz regular soda. Now,I always keep a small can of orange juice in my purse or bedside.


rbergman 2009-02-28 09:42:22 -0600 Report

my lowest ever was 13, I can't tell you much about it, it was in the beginning and the dosage of insulin dropped me so fast I didn't have a clue what was going on, my husband is the one that found me and all I have are his memories of the experience, and then later in the hospital when I finally woke up. Obviously my insulin dosages were changed and I never had a low like that again, but for me now anything under 68 and I feel things going on that tell me I'm going low. I have glucotabs, I have the gel and I keep a small bag of hard candy in a drawer just in case. The hard part is NOT over eating to counteract it then you end up going too high and have to start all over, at least that has been my experience.


Anngelia 2009-02-28 09:33:15 -0600 Report

I've had a few lows that were less than 20. Usually when that has happened my husband has woke up because I was breathing funny. Lucky for me he is a light sleeper. I've asked both my PCP and my endo about the CGMS but was told that I'm not bad enough for that. I dont know how bad it has to get. I've been a T1 for almost 40 years and there are times that there just isnt any warning.

Anngelia 2009-02-28 09:33:13 -0600 Report

I've had a few lows that were less than 20. Usually when that has happened my husband has woke up because I was breathing funny. Lucky for me he is a light sleeper. I've asked both my PCP and my endo about the CGMS but was told that I'm not bad enough for that. I dont know how bad it has to get. I've been a T1 for almost 40 years and there are times that there just isnt any warning.

Singingbird1948 2009-03-01 19:43:05 -0600 Report

This past Monday, I woke up not feeling right, my bs tested 148 so I said okay I am okay sugar wise something else must be wrong with me. I ate my morning meal and meds including insulin, long acting (Lantus) and regular (Novalog) to scale. My husband and I and our daughter and our friend then went into town to take care of some business. As the morning moved along I did not feel any better, in fact I became a little disoriented, forgetting to check my sugar for my mid morning snack. I remember my husband coming out of the store and sitting down on his driver's seat then I don't remember anything after that. My family said that I had my eyes open and made faces at them but would not communicate with them. Finally my friend said that they should get me to the hospital that something was definitely wrong. While being blacked out I had the experience of going to the next world in which we believe/heaven. Then all of a sudden I came to in the hospital the doctor was removing one needle from one of my hands and I had an IV in the other. I asked where was I and what day was it and what time was it. I knew not any of this information. This was indeed disconcerting. But I do know that I was allowed to return to tell my story. And that I will do until I am called to glory.

Singingbird1948 2009-03-01 20:08:53 -0600 Report

I forgot to mention in my previous reply that my b/s was told to me by the doctor and the nurses to be 24 and that I almost died. I surely was not prepared to hear those words but knew from the experience that I had while in my blackout that I was sent back to share my story and tell it I will with any one that will care to listen. I have a kit that I carry with me at all times, complete with meter and insulin and snacks, fruit (apple sauce, orange juice) and peanut butter and crackers. But for some reason I was not able to do what needed to be done for myself this time. It happened one other time at a restaurant a few months ago, but my family did not think to check my b/s to see what the reading was. I was out for about 2 hours that time. Living with Diabetes is a one day at a time thing and you are grateful for each day you have.

TLCinTexas 2008-11-30 07:27:19 -0600 Report

This is the trouble I am having, my blood sugar dropped to 20, and I really didn't know what was going on, luckly I was at work and a lady had a tester and she tested me and everyone just gasped when it came out to be 20. I keep peanut butter and I eat a teaspoon and drink a little milk when I get to feeling "flutterly", this lady was a nurse and this is what she told me to do. Doc said to eat 5 small meals a day, shoot, now I weigh 160 lbs. Doc now wants me to loose weight. I also have a brain malformation(ACM), MS, and Fibromylagia. I am in the middle of a fibro flare-up and dont feel like eating. I smell the food while I am cooking it and by the time I am done, I dont want to eat. Blah Blah Blah…just when I got use to yesterday here comes today. God Bless to you all.

photogirl 2008-12-28 17:26:06 -0600 Report

Alright guys, not that anybody asked but here's my two cents on the subject. I've been diabetic for 22 years and have learned alot about treating lows. First, regular soda is not a good idea unless you're going to follow it up with some "real food" same goes with glucose tabs, or the gel. The reason being, once the "sugar high" wears off, you're going to drop immediately and be low again. This starts a vicious cycle. The high-low pattern is not good for your body, and can throw your BS's off for hours even sometimes a few days. The best thing you can do is start with 4 oz of juice or milk, depending what your BS reading is, and possibly another carb (again based upon your BS reading) and a protein. The Protein helps to keep your BS up once it comes up, this is why they suggest if your BS is low at bed time to have a sandwich or some P.Butter and crackers. While, the Glucose tabs/gel or regular soda are good for a quick fix, you need to do something else after you have that quick fix, whatever it is that works best for you. It seems a lot of you, including myself, over treat on a regular basis. This is also not good for our bodies, this too leads to the high-low pattern and starts that vicious cycle all over again. While we have the "I just want to eat the whole fridge, fridge and all" feeling of being low, it is best to avoid over treating and starting this cycle at all. As terrible as the low blood sugar feeling is, and believe me, I've been there done that, it is best to treat and wait 15-20 minutes before treating with anything else. Sometimes it takes our bodies a lil' bit to recognize what we've eaten and give it a chance to correct it self. 65 is not a dangerous blood sugar, there are a lot of non-diabetic, non-hypoglycemic's who get blood sugars this low, this is not something to panic over. Most generally 15 grms. should cover that low. However, when you're body is not used to that kind of a low and you are bumping into things, can't function, or talk that is another issue. Either way, a low needs to be treated, but they are all unique and should be treated differently. If I have offended anybody, or hurt anybody's feelings this was not my intention and I am sorry in advance.

tabby9146 2008-12-28 18:26:56 -0600 Report

I have found if I get to about 80, I start feeling just a bit funny and I check it to make sure it is a low, and only 2 ozs. of orange juice works well and in about 5-10 mins. I am fine. I had one tonight, as I was eating dinner. I realize I probably did not eat enough after lunch today and a few hours had passed. I had some fruit (a small bit) between lunch and dinner (sugar free) I was only diagnosed type 2 in early Nov. At least I have not had any more major feelings like the extreme dizziness I had at the end of the summer, before I realized what it could be. That was scary. I can 'feel' nervous and anxious just in the low 80s.

kdroberts 2008-12-28 18:39:15 -0600 Report

You have to be careful treating numbers in the 80's. That's a very normal number but if your numbers generally run a fair amount higher than that it could make you feel a little off. However, if you treat it too much then you run the risk of an unneeded rise and throwing off your numbers for potentially the next 24 hours or so. It's OK to treat symptoms but go really lightly, maybe start with 1oz of juice to see how that goes.

tabby9146 2009-01-01 14:34:58 -0600 Report

Thank you. I just need to try to get my mind off of it then, the next time it is in the 80s and I get a little twinge and don't feel 100% and see what happens. I guess being so 'new' to all of this, I may be more nervous because of it.

kkizzza 2008-11-30 03:40:29 -0600 Report

My worst low so far has been 45…by that time i basiclly felt super drunk, like i couldn't walk and really hot all over. I have found regular soda, OJ and Apples with peanut butter to be the best at helping my sugar get back up. Now that my diabetes is really out of control, I find myself "feeling low" even at 80 or 90 (even though that should be normal) I ALWAYS keep something sugar related with me everywhere i go (including in the car). Glucose Tablets, M&Ms, regular soda, just to be safe.

christynina 2008-11-19 11:37:26 -0600 Report

It is okay to eat sugar to get quick control of your blood sugar. But you need to immediately follow it up with a more sustaining food, so you don't bottom out again. We learned that just this week from the nutritionist that my daughter's Doc sent us to.

taz2020 2008-11-25 03:45:26 -0600 Report

My glucose levels have been in the 80's and 90's for some reason recently. I know the levels are fine but I no longer feel any symtoms when it gets in the 80's. The other day it was 64 and shocked that I had no warning signs. I'm a type 2 and taking metformin and becoming hypo is not supposed to happen. Yeah, right. I've been wondering if it drops low during the night and am not aware of it what could happen? Anyone?

TLCinTexas 2008-11-30 07:31:28 -0600 Report

I think if you drop that low in the middle of the night your at risk for a diabetic coma. Be careful, this can happen so easily…Take care of yourself.

barbarabaker74 2008-12-25 16:04:20 -0600 Report

I woke a few weeks ago to a low 40 and it took me a good 2 hours, tuna sandwitch and cranberry juice to get it up to 60 (enough for me to go back to bed)…I hate the drops and spikes in BG's…

BeckyJ 2008-11-17 13:57:12 -0600 Report

I've just had a week of several lows as I adjusted to a new medication and I've found the best trick is 4oz of juice or regular soda followed by a piece of bread with peanut butter or cheese & crackers. I've tried bith the glucose tabs and gel and found that both don't work as well as the juice. They seem to raise it too high and then drop even lower. I only took one tab and it raised my bg to 153 then dropped to 37…it was 43 when I treated! Keeping trying different things because only YOU know what is right for you. If glucose tabs work for you great…keep them everywhere. My Mother swears by them but for some reason they just don't work for me. I got the suggestion for the juice and PB from my Aunt who was the primary caretaker for my Uncle who was a dibetic for 20 years before he passed away and is diabetic herself. She has tried everything and found this works the best. She got the advice from a support group in 1987.

BeckyJ 2008-12-01 15:20:29 -0600 Report

New update, I dropped to 27 on the 26th and didn't even know until I fell asleep watching a movie and my nephew shook me awake and made me drink his soda. I had no syptoms that I was going low and this isn't the first time. I'm really starting to freak out.

Jlynn 2008-11-15 10:21:32 -0600 Report

..becareful..and remember try not to panic, thats what I ussually do..lol.
..the best for my lows is o.j. life savers and if I can remember where I keep them, those glucose tabs..Chocolate is the worst it brings your sugar up, but slowly.
Im glad your at home,when I get lows in public, i feel like, IDK..
good luck, you will find what works for you..and get prepared..

taz2020 2008-11-11 06:20:49 -0600 Report

I carry apple juice boxes in my car and in my purse. They are a little bulky in my purse but I enjoy having the liquid to drink because of my thirst and the sugar hits fasfer than some kind of other foods.

Simon 2008-11-11 16:20:21 -0600 Report

Interesting reading all your comments here. I'm new on the board, but have been diabetic for 20 years next week.

Recently I have been experiencing hypos in the night, which has my partner worried, and she has ended up calling the medics on a couple of occasions. Having been diabetic for so long I have become hypo unaware, and sometimes I can have blood sugars as low as 22-24 and not really feel any different to normal. It's when I get lower than that when I really start to have problems :)

I have found that my lows were happening a couple of hours after I went to sleep, and by reducing the before dinner insulin, I have managed to bring it back into control. But still I set my alarm to wake me 2-3 hours after I sleep, just to double check my levels are good

Take care all!

high heels
high heels 2013-07-19 00:11:25 -0500 Report

Please check your monitor. Most monitors do not register this low in a proper manner and truthfully from this RN, a blood sugar in the 20's should put you in a coma. You should not be using any kind of short term insulin before meals unless your blood sugars normally stay over 250. You should be on a long term insulin like Lantus that is taken once in a 24 hour period at bedtime. If you have been Diabetic for 20 years, get to know the newer forms of treatment and please don't go by what all you read on here. I have found so many have had no diabetic education at all, which is evidenced by the way they report things. Education and learning about all new treatments is vital to managing your diabetes!

kooney 2008-11-10 14:30:22 -0600 Report

Yes thoes diabetic sugar tablets help you come up quickly you only need just two. Otherwise it will run you sugar level up real high.

I carry them in my purse when I raech My lows like that Wal-mart has a good off brand.

Good luck

christynina 2008-11-10 14:14:08 -0600 Report

My 15 year old is experiencing low blood sugar about every two hours. She has to eat to even try to control it. We were discussing the level with the RN at hers docs office that does the diabetes education. Christina rarely tests above 80. her symptom onset level is anything below 100. By 70, she is confused and can't do anything right. I agree that the best thing to do is the glucose tablets. She had an episode where her level hit 64 and she was walking into things. She ate and it didn't raise. She was at work and it scared me. We got the tablets and the doc is going to let her have any epi-pen in case she cannot take those tablets. I was very alarmed because this nurse, did not think that Christina's level was out of line. But it sounds like you also have severe problems at a higher level. We now have permission for her to carry an epi-pen and we know who can use it. I honestly do not think that there is one level for everyone. She is doing her science fair project on diabetes. If you would like to send us some numbers and how long you have been fighting this and how it affects you personally, we would love to include you. Good Luck! I can't say "I" know how you feel. But I have seen it in my daughter and I know how tough it is.

NCTeacher61 2008-11-10 13:41:46 -0600 Report

The worst low I've experienced has been while at school; as a matter of fact I've had several. The lowest, I believe, was 39. I got some juice from the cafeteria and then ate a piece of hard candy. After 20 minutes I checked it again. It was still low (in the 70's) but at least I wasn't shaking, unable to concentrate, etc. I always keep a couple of pieces of hard candy with me at all times. My children are also very aware of my symptoms and know what to do.

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-11-10 13:39:51 -0600 Report

Funny, I had my worst low last night. I woke up sweating and shaking and feeling like I was having a nervous breakdown. BG was at 36. I got you beat!

:0 AmyT

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-18 10:32:40 -0500 Report

I just remembered my bs went down to 13 once. I don't remember exactly what I did to get it back up again. I am just thankful that my husband was around to help me. I think that I may have drank some orange juice or some regular soda. That was scary, because I shouln't have even been able to stand, but I was still on my feet. I think I was a little confused, but I never went out of it. I think that that was before I learned about the Glucose Tabs, but when it gets that low you need something that will work really fast. I have been told to keep a tube of cake frosting on hand just incase you pass out completely, and can't eat or drink something. Hopefull, if that ever happens there is someone with you who can get the end of the tube into your mouth and squeeze some frosting into it. Always, always keep a Glucogon Kit on hand, and make sure that all family members and friends know how to use it.

sisson 2008-11-10 13:23:57 -0600 Report

I know where you have been! Mine have been lower and the panitc attacks hit! You did the right thing only you know your own body! But do bring it up with your doctor and ask him what you schould do for the next time that happens because it will when you least exspect it if you don't eat enough or if you done to much and you for get to eat. Take care Penny

hamhock62 2008-11-09 12:33:11 -0600 Report

I'm diabetic and right now I'm having trouble keeping my carb levels down, but I've had several weird episodes. I wake up in the night litterly shaking I'm so cold. I was warm when I went to bed and ok when I got up but I can't explain the shivers. Could this be a low blood sugar episode? I've got so many other things wrong with me that low blood sugar has been the least of my worries. But if I'm having these episodes at night (I live alone) could they lead to something worse?

NCTeacher61 2008-11-10 13:44:34 -0600 Report

Try to eat some peanut butter and crackers, or some other small protein, before going to bed. This will help to stabilize your glucose levels during the night. That's what I generally do and have had no low counts in the morning.

get_low 2008-11-10 14:31:34 -0600 Report

My sugar gets below 60 every night, most days I wake up and its in the 50's, but its been as low as 41.

If your sugar is low, eat something high in carbs, low in fat. So, peanut butter or chocolate is probably not the best idea since its fatty. Fat actually slows the metabolism of carbs down. Low fat yogurt or milk is great if you're hungry and your sugar is low. (fat free chocolate nesquick makes it extra yummy and provides more carbs, too). If you are not hungry and your sugar is low due to activity or giving too much insulin, have a couple of gummy candies (don't have to wait for it to dissolve).

Lee Ann - 22107
Lee Ann - 22107 2008-11-10 15:08:00 -0600 Report

Actually, after you eat a simple sugar to raise it, PB is a good choice to help stabilize it, and as was suggested above, eating PB before bed can help keep it from dropping low overnight if that's an issue.

That's a good approach if you're on oral meds or Lantus. If you're on a pump, just adjust your basal rate.

jtcobjr. 2008-11-08 21:38:04 -0600 Report

I don't know if you read your meter, or not but it tells you when to eat. I live by mines. I eat 6 times a day to keep my sugar levels up

Lois - 25202
Lois - 25202 2008-11-08 20:50:40 -0600 Report

when my husband had his low sugar, I gave him some orange juice or grape juice, another thing u can drink to bring ur sugar up and that is a half of a can of coke, so far I have stayed with the juices, I haven't tried the coke yet but when I run out of juice, I'll try it Lois

reesik1 2008-11-08 19:56:27 -0600 Report

At those times you have to do what you can. Peanut butter also helps raise yor blood sugar. I keep coke and glucose tablets at work. when I was younger i Used to keep sugar cubes with me. If you like candy you can use smarties in a emergency. People say that those are pure sugar. Whatver works best for you , keep
some in your desk drawer!

msann 2008-11-08 19:10:47 -0600 Report

november 8, 2008 had low blood sugar this morning was 71, after eating 2 hours later was 115, took a nap now 79 so i have to dro my injection to 28 units tonight, diabetics is so scarey

angelalouise 2008-11-08 18:10:24 -0600 Report

Hi, I know the feeling. Yesterday before going to exercise, my numbers where 224, so I took 3 units of novalog. When i finished exercising my numbers were going down. my trainer was very concerned for me. i had all the symptions of low blood sugar. My numbers were 85. I took a candy, that i always carry with me, and in about 15 min. was fine. this will happen when you do not eat enough and take mediction. just be careful. it could happen during the night if you do not have a snack after taking meds and going to bed. all the best,

barbvee 2008-11-08 13:32:12 -0600 Report

the glucose tablets are available at the pharmacy without a rx i got mine at walmart. in an emergency situation you can drink a beverage with sugar in it. have a lil and wait 15 min to recheck bs. it it hasnt helped eat a sandwich or something with carbs. also as an alternative to the tablets you can also use cake frosting in the lil tubes. a squirt or two may help. when my bs gets low i am so sick i cant eat. so the tablets help or i drink milk or juice. good luck and blessings

mema - 17062
mema - 17062 2008-11-08 14:37:19 -0600 Report

right after I got out of the pool after Aqua Fitness and during my shower. I managed to finish and get to where I dress. I had left my big purse in my car and only had my little purse with very little in it. I scurred around in it and all I found was 6 or 7 Skittles. I also had my Green water bottle and it had ice in it that helped with the sweats. It took some while to come down enough to drag myself to the car. As soon as I got home I put a juicebox of 100% orange juice and a pack of peanutbutter cheese crackers in my gym bag to be ready if it ever happened again and there was noone around to help me. I have learned a lot by reading all of your comments. Thanks to all of you. Carolyn Batson

Audge 2008-11-08 15:01:11 -0600 Report

I keep the juicy juice small boxes with me at all times i try not to drink the whole think but it is the quickest way to bring my sugar up for me anyway i have gumdrops which i will take if it is going a little low and it helps with out raising me too high i just have 3 or 4

Lee Ann - 22107
Lee Ann - 22107 2008-11-08 15:09:29 -0600 Report

They make little juice boxes that only have 15 or 16g carbs. I've used those before. With larger juice boxes, you just can't tell how much you've had if you're only going to drink part of it unless you pour it out which kind of defeats the purpose of using a juice box.

chas11 2008-11-08 15:54:04 -0600 Report

My doctor told me I could slip into a coma and die. Well, that scared the Hell out of me. I'm not ready to go just yet. I find O.J. works well but the tablets I keep in the car.

phhender 2008-11-08 13:10:48 -0600 Report

When my husband was first diagnosed with Type I diabetes, he walked into the ER with a blood sugar of 1511. (I'm not kidding.) He spent a week in ICU because they didn't think he would come out of it. About 2 months later, his blood sugar hit 18 and he didn' know where he was, or who he was, and he couldn't walk or talk. If we hadn't been in town, he would have been dead before we got to town, because until we got to the hospital, I didn't know what was going on either. This was 10 years ago, and he hasn't had an episode like that since. They hadn't gotten his insulin regulated yet.

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high heels 2013-07-19 00:21:45 -0500 Report

There are no monitors on the market that could give these kinds of readings. Most will just say error over 500 and none go down below 20 because that is comatose anyway and once again will say error. i am an RN and even the ones hospitals use, do this.

Evilannie 2008-11-08 13:31:29 -0600 Report

I use something with the sugar in it such as candy and then follow it with some protein to even out the blood sugar so it won't spike real high. At least it works for me.

Lee Ann - 22107
Lee Ann - 22107 2008-11-08 14:52:27 -0600 Report

You should really keep a glucagon kit in the house in case that happens again. It might not happen often, but on the rare occasions it does, it could save his life. Waiting around for EMS to show up could end up doing permanent damage or killing him. I had gone 10 years without needing glucagon, but then I was unconscious a couple of weeks ago like I said above, and luckily I've always kept at least one kit in the house. I blogged about the incident here, http://www.thebuttercompartment.com/?p=386. Insulin needs change, activity levels change, and T1 is too unpredictable to EVER assume you're safe from such events.

Bluebutterfly 2008-11-08 13:07:06 -0600 Report

I had my worst experience with low sugar that I have ever had on Nov 6 th. I woke up in a cold sweat and had to go to rhe rest room ,while I was waiting I got the shakes and the needles and pins.By the time I got to the kitchean and got on my scooter I couldn't think what I was doing.My husband found me slumped over in my scooter up against my cabinets. I think as for as I can figure I was out about 15-20 mins,the sound of his voice woke me up and he knew what to do about getting my sugar back up.Thank God he woke up and couldn't find me or he would have never gotten out of bed hisself.This has really scared me I thought I was having a stroke. I cound'nt move my arms or anything. My Bg was 55 and this is very low for me.

Lee Ann - 22107
Lee Ann - 22107 2008-11-08 12:11:57 -0600 Report

A couple of weeks ago, I got to 26 and was unconscious so my husband had to give me a glucagon injection. Luckily, that's a very, very infrequent occurrence, but anyone on insulin should keep a glucagon kit handy. I don't typically use glucose tablets. They're so ridiculously overpriced. I buy big bags of hard peppermints because 3 are 15g carbs, and that's what I carry with me at all times. At home I 'll use those or a shot glass (4oz) of juice.

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high heels 2013-07-19 00:25:36 -0500 Report

Very good way to treat Low's and yes most are completly unconscious before getting anywhere near this low and need that glucagon kit. Its good to read an educated reply. Most of the Diabetics on here need to read a reply like this!

Jubedo 2008-11-08 10:51:14 -0600 Report

As a diabetic for many years, I have always carried some hard candy with me just in case. You NEVER know when you will have a low blood sugar episode hit you out of the blue, for no apparent reason, that you may not ever figure out, but depending on the circumstances, can be very dangerous to you and others (ie: driving a car, etc.) You should also ALWAYS carry your testing kit with you, and wear your ID bracelet or necklace. I realize that not all of them are very fashionable, but some do come in different styles, and dead isn't very fashionable either, which may happen if you're in trouble, and no-one knows you're a diabetic! What if you're driving with a low blood sugar, and you get erratic, a cop pulls you over thinking you're drunk? Think you could pass a sobriety test? Not likely. Plus you may be combative. Then you get arrested. Meanwhile your sugars are dropping even lower. Your breath will smell like a fruity liquer… see where I'm going? You'll soon pass out, and they'll let you 'sleep it off'. Protect yourself. By the way, if you're at home, the quickest pick me up is either a glass of OJ or a tsp. of straight white sugar under the tongue, or even a small tube of gel frosting. I have found that the glucose tablets can be like crunching concrete, and the frosting gel is 15gm of sugar/ carbs, same as the gel for diabetes, and tastes a whole lot better, or a tbsp of regular frosting, same deal. Good Luck.

jimmy o
jimmy o 2008-11-08 11:53:36 -0600 Report

i've been a diabetic for 20 yrs. the low blood sugar can really be a problem. anything with sugar in it will help! the juices & nondiet drinks are the fastest. please be aware that the low blood sugars can possably later in life change to full blown diabetes. please be under the care of a medical doctor. best wishes jim

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-11-08 10:43:00 -0600 Report

Professionally, my suggestion is to carry the small tubes of cake decorating stuff to use in emergencies. The diabetes training center where my earlier (1882-1992) gentleman friend attended (Type 1) recommended those as the sugar is quickly absorbed, and the substance is absorbed in the mouth as well as in the stomach.

Personally, my machine lags behind my body sometimes, and when I am feeling low the glucose measurement might be in the 90s. One time mine was 58, and I felt no different than when it's 100. I knew what to do, and it wasn't until I ate a lot of gummy bears and had treated the low that the physical symptoms caught up. I don't want to go there ever again. These days my husband notices my indecisivness and asks rather insistently if my blood sugar is low.

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high heels 2013-07-19 00:31:56 -0500 Report

You should be frequently checking the accuracy of your machine with Glucatrol. If it is off, replace your monitor. No monitor should lag behind. We check our daily in the hospital, but use it a lot. I would still check a home machine at least weekly and if still worried, take it to your physician on next appointment and let them check it for you against their readings.

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-08 11:59:47 -0600 Report

this is interesting to know, as i would sometimes feel low and the machine would say i was alright,maybe that is why i get into trouble at times.

Lynne H
Lynne H 2008-11-08 10:41:19 -0600 Report

I've had very low blood sugar episodes - as low as in the teens. I've learned to not overcompensate by eating to much high sugar/carb content foods.

To come slowly back to normal drink 8oz of orange juice and wait a little while. If you don't feel yourself regulating in 5 minutes, drink another 8oz.

ALWAYS keep the Glucose tabs on hand. You can eat just 2-3 of those and you'll come back quicker and safer than overeating/drinking.

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-11-08 10:34:15 -0600 Report

I know the feeling! I've actually had episodes where I have become incoherent and disoriented and had to have someone else administer glucagon (a high glucose shot). I amd also "hypoglycemic unaware", which means I don't feel the symptoms anymore.

The best thing I can say is to test your blood sugar OFTEN. I know that it is suggested at least four times a day or before/after every meal. I would say, the more often you test, the better control you will have. I test 6 or more times a day (and sometimes during the night). It sounds like a hassle, but it really becomes second nature. And it helps A LOT!!

If you have SEVERE hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) reactions, I would suggest keeping some glucagon handy. A shot sounds "drastic", but it works extremely fast and is a controled amount… allowing you to better regulate a "spike" in your blood sugar. Glucagon must be prescribed by your doctor.

Just suggestions.

christynina 2008-11-19 11:41:03 -0600 Report

I have a question for you. What is your sugar level at a severe low? I know my 15 year old's is around 70. She has had at least one attack that left her confused and bumping into things recently. She had one Friday where she was just crying for nothing. Her teachers were really concerned, until she got control and told them what it was that caused it. Have you always been hypoglycemic unaware, or did it develop after a period of time?

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-26 13:44:42 -0600 Report

Actually, it can vary from person to person. I've had BG's lower than 40 with NO hypoglycemic "reaction"! Then I've had BG's around 80 and felt the symptoms of a hypo.

Sometimes, if your blood sugar has been running high for a while, your body will "get used" to it being high. Then, when you get the blood sugar into a "normal" state, the body thinks the BG is too low and will respond with hypo symptoms.

I always recommend FREQUENT TESTING. This is the only way you can really get a good handle on your BG's and how you feel at different BG levels. But going by feelings isn't a good way to judge your BG level.

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