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.
After 50+ years of it, here is my plan. I carry Wuther's candy. 5 carbs each with the 15 carbs/15 minutes that works fine for me.
When I am really low, like below 45 or so I mess up and over eat (its like the fight or flight thing for survival I guess), then I end up in the 300-400 range. No biggie that is just part of life, we can never be perfect. I just try to level out as often as possible.
After 30 years with diabetes I still "freak" out when I feel low, usually in the early morning hours and it wakes me up, sweating and shaking and not understanding what is going on...I have practically od'd on bowls of cereal, eating 2 or 3 bowls in 10 minutes trying to feel better. I always over eat and end up paying the price with a horrible headache and high bs..we can't help how we feel or being scared and you're right it does feel like a panic attack.
That's always been a tough one for me. When you're mind is swooning from lack of glucose it seems like your body physically craves the sugar. And when your glucose levels comes up, but the symptoms haven't abated, its really difficult to stop eating. It feels good to eat sweets, even better when you know its giving your body what it needs.
I usually pre-measure out candy and have it on hand for the type of low that it is. Sounds more intense than it is: I use my test strip canisters as carrying cases for Nerds candy. Nerds are pretty potent and I measured it out so that one test-strip canister is a 14 gram of carb serving. So when my sugar is 50-60 I'll go for one canister. Below 50 I will go for two. If it is above 60 I will usually try to correct with something gentle. Skittles do well, because they are about 1 gram of carb per skittle and those things get hard to chew after awhile. But it is always hard to stop eating the sweets once you start. The pain is when your liver kicks in and the glucagon.
By the way, nice username. I've been reminiscing with a lot of Danzig lately.
Interesting thread -- my little guy is only 3 1/2 but yesterday he got home and was saying "juice Mommy, juice" and was so insistent and panicked-sounding that I tested him AFTER handing him the juicebox... he was at 49. He sucked the juice down fast and asked for another, and I gave it to him. Then gave him his full dinner in the hopes of maybe slowing down the absorption and the potential high. He got insulin for the dinner once I was sure the juice had taken effect and while he did go up to about 249 later in the evening, by the time I did my midnight check he was back down into reasonable territory. I've never heard that panic accompanies lows before, but it sounds like that's not unusual. I'll keep that in mind.