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Hi, I know I am posting alot but I am really trying to get a grip on all of this stuff. I know why my bloddsugar stays uh abnormal...either too high or too low, mainly because I take too much insulin when it is high...and then I freak out when it is low, eating WAY too much, drinking cokes and candy and spazzing out. How do you deal with low blood sugars calmly? For example, I just checked mine and it is 64, I'm trying to just eat some Cheetos...and not freak out and buy a coke out of the machine and chug it because I know in an hour it will be 500.
The AMA/ ADA recommendation is to have 15G of carbs, wait 15 min and test again. A bag of Cheetos usually is like 35 I think, although there are little ones that are 15, which would be ok except Cheetos also don't work that fast? you want to hit it w/ a small amount of fast acting carbs, rather than Cheetos. Then you wait 15 (although I wait 20...) minutes and test again and see where you are. The 'wild card' is that if you took too much insulin earler, the "insulin on board" can still be pushing your BG lower, in which case you might need another 'hit' of carbs? If you are chugging Cokes, you only want to chug about 1/2, maybe even 1/3? It's pretty challenging b/c for me at least, hypo= munchies. Good luck!
My buddy just sold his Misfits 7" on ebay so your ID jumped off the page...
I had the rest of the bag which was 13g and then I had a sip of Sprite. Fingers crossed. I hate how it jumps up and down and back up. I think it's time I get a handle on it I just don't even know where to start. I work at a tattoo shop so it's hard eating right...we eat out every day. And I've been drinking Starbucks every morning..Tall Chai...terrible idea. My bloddsugar stays through the roof...milk does that to me I guess? And I'm sure the Chai doesn't help. I'm the worst diabetic ever. ha. misfits<3
the tall chai doesn't look like the worst drink ever:
it's tough to not overdo the carbs when you're crashing. my brain is danger mode and tries to overcompensate and it's tough to be rationale when my body is freaking out. good luck
The thing about the Cheetos (I still have orange chopsticks @ work that I used for eating Cheetos, to keep them off the files...heh heh heh...) is that they take a significantly longer time to work so, while you are shoveling them in (or chopsticking them in?), your BG will still be in the toilet so you hit the Sprite for that. You almost need to bolus for the Cheetos b/c they will raise your BG in an hour or two or maybe four, instead of *right now* which is where the 'freaking out' stuff comes from.
My son does a dose w/ a fake bg then only partially doses what he is eating. He does this cuz the 15 rule.. makes him panic...he wants more. For example....the other day he was 40... yep freaked so he told his PDM (Omnipod meter) that he was 80 (so it would let him dose) and he ate 45carbs and dosed only 20 carbs. He felt better...and his next reading was 101. I was very concerned about him doing this but the endonurse( who is also diabetic) said she also dose that sometimes...it prevents the big high. So.. maybe you can find a way to do something like that? ASK YOU DOCTOR FIRST....but this works for him.
Even though your body is panicking and you're all shaky, try to keep your head. I would suggest you get some glucose tablets. I suggest tablets because it's easier to calculate. With the Dex4 glucose tabs, 4 = 16 g of carb. Use the 15/15 rule. Take in 15 (or in this case 16) g of carb and wait 15 minutes. Check your glucose again, if you're not where you need to be, take in another 15 (or 16) g of carb, wait another 15 minutes and test. It may seem like it's not working because you still have symptoms after the first bit of carb, that's where we get into trouble with over correction. Keep doing 15/15 until you are in your normal range.
I feel like I'm having a panic attack...it's very hard to distinguish between low blood sugar and anxiety.
Yep, For me too. Sometimes I am fine having 2-3 glucose tabs but sometimes I get crazy and want to eat everything not tied down. Hunger is not always a symptom for me, but when it is look out. I do generally try to stick with glucose tabs as they as not tempting, but do not always succeed.
I had a Medtronic trainer call low blood sugar "eat everything in the fridge low"
That's how I feel when I am very low.. I am so hungry I feel like I haven't eaten in weeks. I'll drink some juice, eat a banana, eat a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and then 2 hours later my BS is 300!
It's that feeling that you are going to pass out that makes your brain think it has to eat right away.
I know how you feel,
It's all about the MATH! Ha
15carbs wait 15 minutes
meter will let you know if you need 15 more carbs or not. also depends on activity now and later.
coke is okay if you can only drink, like a quarter of it... yeah right, i'm low.
it's about learning how to listen(to your body)... and wait on your body to respond/digest.
15 raisins or 15 skittles or 15 grams of carbs like 3 tabs glucose= 12to15grams carbs
glucose tabs are fastest and best and no weight gain worry. But if out, use small bits of what's handy and check every fifteen minutes
to reassure your self you are goin' in right direction.
Peace Love and Light...
Be Good to yourself, it's all an experiment and it will change once you think you have it figured out. heheheh
When it's low..it's so hard to do that....My brain thinks ok where's the closest coke and donut? And then I eat way too much and it turns into a vicious high.
It's pretty useful to get into the habit of keeping something around? I get Starburst Jellybeans for like 2.99/ lb @ the grocery store that are 1) yummy and 2) easy to portion out. I agree it's hard to do that when you are 1) low and 2) have a coke machine and Cheetos but, if you don't want to be sort of zonked out of your gourd all the time, it's worth, the 'investment'. Skittles are good too, as they usually way 1G each.