I normally have at lease 1 or 2 glucose low per day. If I am at home during the day, I drink 8 oz of normal cramberry juice. During the night at 4 am when are mostly my lows, I reduce my basal 80% for 2 hours or drink a juice pouch that I always have next to my pillow. Las night I have to drink 2 of them because my glocose was 54 by my dexcom but when I checked with the glucometer, it said 38.
I always carry in my purse one juice pouch and 2 bars. In my car I always have 2 juice pouch. Sometimes one is enough because they have at least 25 carbs but now they are hard to find since they are reducing the sugar on it. I have tried the glucose tables and I don't see they work.
Tell me about your experience!
Bella, I have the junior juice boxes in my car and by my bed. The apple juice is 15 carbs which is plenty for me. I also carry skittles which are 1 carb each.
We all have our favorites ;)
15 carb yogurt or a gogurt tube
1/2 cup milk and a small cookie
Glucose tabs raise me but don't keep me there.
Your dog is adorable!
I use jelly beans because they're pure sugar & easy to stash everywhere. Each is 1 gram glucose & easy to count when low & not thinking clearly. I'm really carb sensitive, so juice is too much for me & I end up high. I follow a correction with a small amount of protein to stay level. Works for me.
Yes, I can tell everyone is different but last night after 2 juices and 2 glucose tables, my glucose raise up to 140, so then I went back to sleep.
What was it when you woke up?
I woke up at 4 am because mu pump run out of insuline, and it was 119, then the alarm sound at 4:30am and it was 86 and I reduced my basal 80% and about 5am was 53, so I have to get up to drink somthing. Last night I could't sleep trying to keep it between 90-180. But my doctor told me to set my basal at 0.9 during the night and I think it is too much. I am trying to set a basal for the nights that let me sleep.
I'm not sure what you mean about glucose tablets that you "don't see they work". You need to determine the right amount of carbs for you to raise the blood sugar without going high. Glucose tabs are the most rapid means of doing that and you won't be tempted to overdo them like you might with something "yummy". For me, two tabs (8 grams) are good if I'm in the 50s. If I'm lower I take 3. (12 grams).
I'm wondering if you have one or 2 lows per day, if you need to do some basal testing or just tweak your basal rates for those periods when you usually go low. (the time two hours before usually works best)
For me, glucose tablets don't work fast enough. The tablets eventually work but I find that liquids work faster for me. Of course, it depends too on how low I am. I prefer jelly beans if I'm just trying to bump up a little bit. For me, Coke or gatorade for a low in the 30's or 40's.
Bella, I agree with Zoe that you need to test your basals.
Actually I have more lows than 2. I am normally good with 30 to 50 carbs, like a bar and a Kool-Aid pouch.
I use Dex4 ...besides sensitive to insulin also sensitive to treatment ...before supper tonight I tested at 3.7 ( x 18 ) took 3/4 Dex pill , next test before supper 4.5 ( x 18 )...followed by supper .
Zoe hits it right on ?? ... basal settings need tweaking ?? ...this darn complex disease ... hang in :)
I find that orange juice is very effective in raising my blood glucose when it's low. I drink 4 ounces of orange juice (no pulp, because I don't like pulp). In the middle of the night I follow the OJ with a handful of nuts to keep my BG up for the duration. Works like a charm, as my grandfather would say. When I'm not at home I use jelly beans (Brachs jellybird eggs - one jelly bean raises my blood glucose ten points - no joke), glucose tablets or candy corn (8 if they are Brachs), depending on the season.