I figured at 88 and rising I was good. I'm home safe and sound now.
I know over the course of the 23 years that I've been driving that I've probably driven low and I count my lucky stars! Once I got married I made it a habit to never drive without checking my blood before I got behind the wheel. I think that driving LOW is as bad (if not worse) as driving drunk.
Oh boy have I had this happen a lot. I now check myself every time I get in a car. If my sugars were 80 or lower I would take glucose, check (my pump) on how much insulin I still had active in my body and if I had little or no insulin on board, I would go ahead and drive after waiting around 10-15 mins for the glucose to kick in. The 88 and rising thing? Yes, I've done that before. I will drive if I'm 90 or above.
I think a lot of it has to do with how you became low. Did you drop fast? Did it come on gradually? Do you normally run low?
I know what you mean by 70. If you run "low" or close to 100, then 70 would not necessarily be unsafe.
Interesting to see what others do though, isn't it?
I drove Milwaukee to Chicago once with a blood sugar of about 21
Once on the way home from work I got stuck on the on ramp four about 90 minutes, felt my blood sugar dropping like a rock. Reached for the emergency spree, and discovered I had not replenished. So, I ended up finally driving to the next exit with one eye open ( because of the double vision ) and very freaked out.
I think you have to take your normal numbers into consisderation. It used to be that when I could keep me around 110 and under (meaning, when I wasn't sick or high on prednisone) and hover nicely around 80 or so I felt so good about me. I would not have worried at all about driving with those kinds of numbers Now I cannot keep me that low even though I enjoy those numbers. But any time you FEEL like you are too low I think is the time to treat and not when it is a specific number. Maybe I go too much on how I feel, but I think it is safer for me at least to do that. Does anyone else go by feeling rather than just number?
100 is my prescribed target all the time, so I am frequently in the 80s (spent most of the day there today). I can't imagine holding off on driving in the 80s and 90s. I drove home for lunch at 77 today and was fine, but last week felt really low at 74 and couldn't drive, so it all depends. Generally, I don't drive any time I'm below 70 or any time I'm feeling symptoms of a low. I base it more on whether or not I feel my focus is impaired.
I'm with Melissa on this one. My target bs is 100, so I am often in the 80's and 90's and have no trouble. I wouldn't be doing much driving if that was the case. I treat under 70 and wouldn't drive, but other than that it would be dependent on how quickly I'm coming down. Wearing the Dex helps me see how quickly my trend is going.
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