Recuperating from a Low Glucose attack!

By ccritch Latest Reply 2010-05-20 01:26:06 -0500
Started 2010-05-13 11:48:20 -0500

I just experienced a really low glucose attack and did not have enough glucose tablets to help me I had to take 2 spoons of sugar and sit for 30 minutes. STruggled to get my sugar up and no one at work seemed to notice or care. I am now extremely worn out and tired how do you recuperate from that type of expisode!

20 replies

ginarb37 2010-05-20 01:26:06 -0500 Report

Hugs! I hate to see that noone help you. Are u close to anyone at work? If so maybe have a code word to let them know that ur having problems so that they can help. It needs to be done. You cant do that along ya know specially if its a major low or high. I sure hope that u can find someone to help ya in that time of need. Im glad to see that you got throu it and are doing better. :)

dmk 2010-05-16 08:26:57 -0500 Report

it is hard for other people to understand what you are going through…I keep orange juice around just in seems to get my blood sugar up quickly

Tio 2010-05-15 13:22:24 -0500 Report

Hi Caritch…I just joined today in hopes to get some feedback that will enlightened me. I hear you about bread…
I'm a bread eater too…I gave up flour tortillas, but bread has been more difficult. I'm 67 yrs old, and I've had type 2 since January of 1999. Up to then I was boarder line, treated with diet only. However the arthritiis pain in my rght knee
was so bad, my doctor set me up to receive 2 Steroid injections to the knee, well from boarderline I went to type2.
You have to be very careful about steriods and their effect on diabetes.

Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-05-16 07:43:45 -0500 Report

I hear ya there. I was recently put on Prednisone for an asthma/upper respitory illness and my Dr told me that it would shoot my BS levels way up and she was sooooo right. I wwas glad that she told me so I wouldn't be shocked and think I was doing something wrong. Thankfully I only ha dto be on the prednisone for 5 days! I also get steroid shots for my arthritis (pre-Type 2 diagnosis) but will need one soon and will inform the orthopedic Dr before hand. I need a total knee/joint replacement but am trying to ward it off as long as I can. I had that procedure 3 yrs ago on my right knee and it went extremely well. Hurt like the dickens but I have no regrets having it done. I had absolutely no cartiledge cushioning my knee from the bone! OUCHIE!

ccritch 2010-05-14 11:58:34 -0500 Report

Thanks to everyone for their insight on how to handle my low sugars. I contacted my doctor and he lowered my insulin intake in the am. No low today thank god. Feel good except for my allergies I am peachie!:D

It is great to know that even though we are miles apart you are always there with a helping advise. Thanks so much I really need that being alone with this disease.

Thank you and God Bless each and everyone of you.

Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-05-16 07:57:01 -0500 Report

You will never be alone with disease again. This site is so great and I have learned so much since I joined back in late Feb 2010. I'm sorry that your not getting the support you need at work and I hope that will change in the near future for you. I get a lot of support from my co-workers and I even do my testing right at my desk and also give myself my shot there too. Our security team even wants me to educate them on this disease in case anything would happen to me at work. I am so grateful for their understanding and that they don't treat me any differently. That is so important to me that no one looks at me like I'm a freak or something.
Take care and God bless you always!

benc3368 2010-05-17 12:03:40 -0500 Report

I know the feeling-when I was first diagnosed-I felt so lost and hopeless, like there was no one out there-but came across this website and it is very wonderful and informing to each and all

dietcherry 2010-05-14 10:22:26 -0500 Report

Hello! I understand what you're going through, as I suffer from hypoglycemic unawareness, therefore I encounter LBS often. But I only feel tired and wornout afterwards if I overcompensate and send myself hurtling in the other direction (I call it boomeranging). All you can really do is just take it easy for awhile after it happens and keep checking your BS to keep tabs on what is going on.
My co-workers have run the gamut as far as getting involved with my episodes. Some are very compassionate and helpful, while others just don't want the responsibility out of fear, ignorance, etc. I agree with Gabby that you absolutely must let your supervisor know what will make you feel secure if this should happen again. Good luck and God Bless. :)

ccritch 2010-05-14 11:53:57 -0500 Report

Thanks, I will send a memo out to my employers, I kind of am afraid also, some places will fire you because of your illness is a burden and costly to the Company Insurance plan. Only a couple of my co-workers know and it is difficult because no one really cares unless it is about themselves you know what I mean. Thanks for blessings. God Bless you also

GabbyPA 2010-05-14 12:53:20 -0500 Report

If that is a risk, you need to let them know that you know your rights. They cannot fire you for an illness, and that is why it is good to have it on paper when you told them. Then if it happens after that with no link to poor working habits or other things. You have rights, don't be afraid to let them know. It will keep them straight.
Here are some articles to read up on.

These should give you some legs to stand on and maybe even use in your note. They need to know that as long as you are preforming your job, you have a right to work. You don't have to be aggressive, just let them know you are not a door mat to be walked on.

Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-05-16 07:59:18 -0500 Report

Great advice Gabby. I will also search these links just so I can be well informed, even though I have the support from my job.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-05-14 09:59:42 -0500 Report

My BS was so errattic—-I tried to tell my DR. that Glipizide would bottom me out, I don't do that since I quit taking it—yet if my BS gets to 200, I will take 1/4 of one, and less than an hour later, it can be 30 or 40, so eat peanut butter the same time I take the pill, do not wait until I fall "out of bed"—-it seems to even it out for me—-but that is just me. Best of Luck,——
What triggered your episode? Do you take meds routinely? It might be too much for you too, check, check, then tell your Dr. Or if he doesn't listen like mine did, figure it out yourself by simply testing, I eat peanut butter by the T. full, once or twice a day, seems to help "settle me down", Pat R

GabbyPA 2010-05-13 14:47:09 -0500 Report

I am glad that you were able to take care of it, but people at work also need to know what to do. What if you went so low that you passed out or worse, they think you are drunk and just make fun of you?

You really need to have a paper somewhere that tells co-workers what to do if they notice you acting funny. Maybe a little kit with a coke, instructions and some contact information to be kept at your desk. Don't be embarrassed, it could save your life.

It is not really that people don't care, it is just that they don't know. Before I was diagnosed I would have no idea of what to do if someone would have a low around me. You just have to educate them, that's all.

ccritch 2010-05-13 15:34:30 -0500 Report

Most of co-worker know about diabetes they have family members who suffer from diabetes and who have lows. Which makes me feel vulnerable like I can't turn or trust that they will be there for me if I do pass out. god forbid! It just came on I had no idea it was happening.

GabbyPA 2010-05-14 06:53:59 -0500 Report

That is why you need a plan. Lows can hit very suddenly and you may not be able to take care of it sometimes.

If you have one who you are particularly close to, and your supervisor or manager, I would have a sit down meeting with them. Assure them that you don't expect this to happen, but make them aware that it has happened and you need to let them know how they can help you. I know it can be a touchy situation to do this at work, as it can put a target on you. But it is your life, and the only one you get. I would take that risk.

My family all has/had diabetes and I was the last. I knew some about it, but I didn't know what to do about a low or how to detect one until I had it myself. People really are oblivious. I was, and even though I did not live with my parents, I had no idea what could happen. I had to be educated, vested in it. Then I understood better.

Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-05-16 08:06:37 -0500 Report

Before I was diagnosed I used to pass out at work and not know why either. I thought it was because I didn't get enough sleep but I was wrong. This was going on for about 2 yrs!!

Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-05-16 08:04:53 -0500 Report

I stock my desk drawers, yes at least 3 of them are stocked with protein bars, candy if needed and I also stock our fridge at work with fresh protein, skim milk, fresk fruit, etc. My manager said she thought that was an excellent idea. I for one don't want any surprises if I can help it. I eat alot of fiberous food which takes longer to digest and helps keep the BS levels in check. Yes, the food is more expensive but it's my life I'm saving here ya know? I certainly don't like paying over $3 for a loaf of bread but I tell myself I am worth it.

Harlen 2010-05-13 12:17:30 -0500 Report

I keep a Pepsi ,a real one on hand and if I get down to the 30s I will use it and that works for me. I try not to ever let it get down that low.It will always be the next day befor I feel right again. So I test test test
Best wishes

ccritch 2010-05-14 11:56:28 -0500 Report


I usually keep gluco tablets in my purse at my desk etc.. but some little fingers got into my purse and removed them. She was playing Doctor with m and was pretending she was a doctor giving me my meds to help with my sugars. Funny, but dangerous.

Thanks I will keep a can of soda at my desk. Never thought of that one. I tried OJ but it tasted nasty warm.


Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-05-16 08:10:19 -0500 Report

Testing is so important and I don't think it can be said enough. I can always tell by the color and thickness of my sample whether it's high or low. One time it was so pale and so very thin it didn't even register on the meter (this is how I discovered how to see it for what is is) so I tested 3 more times to be sure and it still didn't register. I of course ate right away.