need help on something really quick please..

By ginarb37 Latest Reply 2010-05-27 21:02:20 -0500
Started 2010-05-19 06:54:45 -0500

OKay here it is. Earlier this morning I checked my BS. It was almost 400. So I took my insuling in intervals to get it down. Well It is 125 now but the thing is. I took my Lantus as well this morning and the other humalin last night. Ive not been to sleep since yesterday and got about three hours max sleep than. I really need to go to bed but the thing is what can I do to make sure that my bs doesnt go low. I know the best thing is to eat, but my body can deal with the swings. Ive been so out of control the last few years, thats another disscussion all togeher.
I need suggestions on what I can do besides eat a whole lot. My dinner last night was broccoli w/cheese and three chicken strips. so not sure why it was so high. :( Helpppp please.

22 replies

ambermohr22 2010-05-27 21:02:20 -0500 Report

The best thing for you to do is to not stay alone for the night first of all, and second you should get up every 3 to 4 hours and test to make sure you will not bottom out when you are sleeping and wind up in a coma. I have been diabetic for 20 years now (god I feel old when i say that) and I am 23. I know all about the tiredness, the aches, the sick feeling, the headache from your sugar going up and down and eating a small snack, such as a few soda crackers and 4 ounces of milk before you go to bed isn't a bad idea either.

hope this helps you out!


keepsakebaskets 2010-05-25 17:25:31 -0500 Report

Check with your Dr. about dividing your lantus into 2 (one am/one pm) That is what we had to do with our daughter. The pump is great. Also there is the 24 hr glucose monitoring with the pump that can be done and an alarm for lowes at night. Just a thought.

webslinger75040 2010-05-24 02:08:25 -0500 Report

well i have the same problem as you do i've been a tye 1 most of my life i've had numeras problems from them being so out of control i see you've been on lantus it sounds like the next step might be t ask him for two things and see what he says ask him about a drug called symil it's used to helpcut down the dosages you are taking i was taking 120 u of humalin each meal as well as 180 u of lantic every night before bed ad even that wasn't working i was able to cut my lantice down to 100 u at bed time and 30-40 u each meal depanding on how much i was eating if that doesn't work you might want to ask him about a pump it acts like lantis and regular insalin combined you can adjust thr basil and your bolis to youe life style it cuts down on the injections to three injections with the symilin and the inital site for your pump this one really worked for me i'f you have ant questions feal free to send me a buzz

ginarb37 2010-05-24 03:31:23 -0500 Report

Thanks Web..
They are trying me on the reg and fast asking insulin. Also the lantus. I will be going to see a diabetic educator, since its been ohhhabout 13 yrs since Ive seen one, to get started on carb counting and all for a pump. :) Im excited and nervous but know that it is the best thing for me. :)

Anonymous 2010-05-22 10:56:21 -0500 Report

Try eating something with only about 15 carbs and then check again in about 15 minutes. If it's still low eat another 15 carbs and check again.

bhyson1204 2010-05-19 19:59:59 -0500 Report

try getting on a schedule. my bs was really out of control and when i got pregnant i put myself on a schedule. try eating small snacks throughout the day instead of one or two large meals. I think it helps your body process things better instead of trying to take everything all at once. As far as the sleeping goes, check ur sugar right before bed. if it is less than 90 eat some peanutbutter crackers or something with alot of protein but not alot of cars so it will hold u through the night. in the morning if u r still high call ur doctor. hope this helps.

ginarb37 2010-05-20 00:09:50 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reply.. :) I will try the peanut butter. I so have tried the eating small meals and its so hard for me, since I cant seem to get on a schedule. I have a horrible sleep pattern, due to pain and all, but Im going to have to try. Plus Im under alot of stress right now dealing with other health issues and the darn docs not knowing what is wrong. However, I do try to keep my chin up but being depressed as well doesnt help. I do try thou.. Tnanks again.

Not1 2010-05-19 17:30:56 -0500 Report

Try oatmeal with sliced bananas as your bedtime snack, and put cinnamon in it. This will help you sleep, and stay with you and help balance your blood sugar till the morning. I hope this helps you, let me know :)

ginarb37 2010-05-20 00:07:04 -0500 Report

Hiyas NOT,
Thanks for the suggestion. I will try that I do love oatmeal and bananas. :) I so need sleep but my mind is always running and I also had neck surgery two years ago and still suffer from pain every day, which makes going to bed hard. My other doc had given me a sleeping pill, called Ambien. It helped me so much but after two months, on one script, I didnt take it every night. she took me off of it becuz she didnt want me to get addicted. I laughed at her becuz 1. I hardly EVER take pain meds, becuz I dont like the way they make me feel, 2. I was told when I was a baby, due to being a herion addicted baby, that if I did that kinda things I could become faster addicted to it or die from the doing it them. SO needless to say Im scare to much to do that ( become addicted that is) I know telling me whole life story but just a bit of history. :) Thanks thou for the sugestion. :)

ccritch 2010-05-19 14:30:53 -0500 Report


I heard someone say that we should set an alarm clock to wake up at 2am to check BS to make sure we are not having a low one in our sleep. You take 2 different types of long lasting insulin so you have to be very careful. As an insulin pump educator asked me, why are you not on an insulin pump with continuous care? Type 1 diabetics qualify for continuous care and the pump either beeps or vibrates to let you know your highs and low and make sure you are aware. It pumps the insulin when needed. I would suggest talking to your doctor about the pump and continuous care.

Best of luck and god bless!

ginarb37 2010-05-20 00:02:29 -0500 Report

Hey Ccritch…
Im going to a Diabetic educator next month becuz I havent been in control for many year, for many reason. I am back on track and trying to get better, but n the last year alone have been hospitalized twice for Keytone Acidosis. :( Wasnt fun at all. ANyways, my new doc is good. He is the one that even before I told him how long Id been diabetic he only heard my sugars are always in the 3-400's all day and that Id been keyton acidosis. (twice) He asked me why I wasnt on a an unsulin pump already. The last 10 years Ive had a new doc pretty much every year sometimes two a year for that long, thanks to the military. I hated it and rebeled. MY fault but im wanting to stop all that and get better. So i have to go to this class and learn to carb count and than they are going to see about a pump. :) IM excited and scared at the same time but I do now that it will help me Alot. :) THanks for the reply,.

alanbossman 2010-05-19 11:42:50 -0500 Report

If you continue to have high bs go to your doctor either your meds might need adjustment. And not getting enough sleep is not good for your bs.

ginarb37 2010-05-19 11:47:21 -0500 Report

Thanks ALan.. I have been out of control for many years. Im on three types of insulin right now and been dong my best to control it. I hadnt been to the doc becuz we were finacially unable to but now we have insurance and can barely pay for the copay. Its 50 a visit and with me having to go all the time becuz im so out of control thats alot of money during the month. :( I am also depressed for other reason as well and on paxil for that but its not helping me .. specially to sleep. I also have other issues that keep me up as well. SO i run on sometimes 3 hours of sleep a day. I know its not good but its not something that I can help. :( Sorry didnt mean to tell my sob story.. just havent had anyone to talk to about this. :)

GabbyPA 2010-05-19 14:11:24 -0500 Report

I have to agree with Alan. When I get a bad few nights of rest, I can see my levels rise. Your body is producing glycogen to keep you up, and even if you are not eating, it is dumping it in your blood stream. My liver loves to do this to me every night, but I do notice a change when I pull an all nighter or have a lot on my mind that I cannot sleep.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-05-19 09:17:45 -0500 Report

How long ago was your last insulin injection?

If it's been at least two hours, you could eat a small snack that includes some protein and maybe a little carbs and I think you will be fine.

On the other hand, if you're at 125 now and your last insulin dose was within an hour or so, you could be in for a low. And I would say wait a little while and test to see where you're at before going to sleep.

I hope that helps.

ginarb37 2010-05-19 09:25:57 -0500 Report

Thanks John for replying. Its been a while since I took my last shot. Ive not eaten anything since last night about 9. I checked my sugar a litle while ago and it was up to 167. How is that if Ive not eaten? Ive not even drank anything. I dont understand. I am making something to eat. Eggs and some bacon. Not sure if that is the smartest but thats what I have. :(

ginarb37 2010-05-19 09:28:51 -0500 Report

oh also.. I had three chicken tenders and broccoli w/cheese last night for dinner. I ate late becuz I wasnt realy hungry and didnt realize it wsa so late.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-05-19 14:40:52 -0500 Report

so sorry to be so long getting back to you.

Were the chicken tenders breaded? That's all I can imagine.

Also, when you stay up so long, your body does strange things. If your body is having to dump adrenaline to keep you going, that can play havoc with your blood sugars.

You need to get some sleep. I hope that will help even things out.

ginarb37 2010-05-20 00:11:50 -0500 Report

John, its so alright. I finally did go to bed. My sugar was okay enough to go to bed. Yeppers, the chicken was breaded last night but I figured since I wasnt having any other carbs that it would be okay. ;( Thanks so much for the replies.

greenbucks43 2010-05-23 19:45:34 -0500 Report

I am a newbie and it is fun to know and informative having suggestions. I bet those who commented here were diagnosed of Type 1. ?
I had diagnosed gestational diabetes then everything went fine . That was 2003. 2007 when my sugar fluctuated so high and I did not accept at that time that I was really having this,.
Maybe so called pre diabetes , glucose fluctuations., However it is true if you manage to walk everyday back and forth , the glucose in the body becomes stays not so high compared to just sit in the computer and having a little exercise or walking. Having a good night sleep is very important.
I always observe if I feel cranky and agitated the next morning my sugar level is between 12 to 13 ,I am still finding myself to be vigilant ang take care of my schedule eating pattern because I guess it really affects the glucose in the body esp if it is not controlled yet.
I take only one meds, metformin day and night,
If I have a low carbo meal and 2 times eating pattern , my sugar is just right.
but if i intend to enjoy myself and my meal was heavy,., I am pretty sure that it will go high and take my meds after,,it will be in my system for 3 days before I get back to my optimal results sometimes in the suboptimal result.. I have never been in the ideal as they say, between 4-6 when waking up.

Either my medication must be with Amaryl in the morning however I am trying to take my meds lower and one kind only and do my diet /choosing food so I know which one to avoid if I have high glucose.

One time at lunch time I got my KFC, after eating I checked my glucose 17 mg/dl. The fats and breaded chicken can give you double or triple times reading if sugar is not controlled yet.. if my glucose before dinner is 17 , I got this once.. I took my med. after 2 hours my sugar dropped at 10 nmol/l.. I dont eat … had my oatmeal before ai Sleep, next day my sugar does not seem so high

However I need a sugar or glucose pre meal bet 4 to 6, it is pretty good feelig if I will have that ,,, we all know how it feels if our body glucose reached our maximum reading vs our regular reading we are maintaining,

It really sucks to have that kind of feeling,
Please advise and comment

Anonymous 2010-05-22 10:52:56 -0500 Report

I used to be really high in the mornings, even if I was really good when I went to bed. I was told I would bottom out during the night tricking my body.

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