I had my lowest low and I almost passed out

Tuesday morning was the first day since being at college that I had to change my site (I pump).
So my pump wasn't working right. It kept "spitting" insulin out. And I mean the whole entire resevoir. I had to do it a couple of times before I was able to get my site on.
So I decided that I had to call minimed and talk with someone. So I'm on the phone with someone from minimed and all of a sudden I got really dizzy, and light headed. I decided to check my sugars and what do I find.....35?!?!?!? WHAT!?!?!? i HAVE never, in the almost 4 years I've had diabetes, been that low.
So at this point I interupt the man on the phone and I said "Right now my blood sugar is 35 mg/dl."
I was alone, as my roommate and my friends were in class.
The man from minimed said "I'm going to stay on the line with you until you have something."
So I had to walk down to the vending machiene and I got a coke. I had glucose tabs in my room, but I never even thought of taking them. So I go to my room and I couldn't get back in right away, because I couldn't work the lock. It took me a couple of tries. I really thought I was going to pass out.
I was able to get up to 67 in a couple of minutes and it took me 4 hours to get to 150 (a 20 oz. coke, a poptart and a bowl of cereal).
I was telling my friends about this later and they were like "Why didn't you tell me?" and I said to them "Honestly guys, it never occured to me to call you. When I'm not that low I don't think rationally."
I was just glad that a) I knew I needed sugar and b) being that low , I was able to work the vending machiene.
I don't want to ever be that low again!!!

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Comment by FatCatAnna on August 30, 2009 at 6:13pm
Hey Kiersten - glad you managed to get your BG up. I know the other night I was about as low as you (2.1 mmol / l - 38 mg/dl) - but I always seem to manage to get things into me (DEX 4's rule). I even managed to count out the correct amount of DEX 4's - and then did the drink milk to get rid of the sugar off my teeth - then some almonds to further get rid of the sugar off my teeth. When I woke up at my usual time in the a.m. - I was 6.1 mmol /l - 110 mg/dl).
BTW, was your MM pump priming at the time it was emptying out your cartridge of insulin - and is that the reason for the pump replacement?
Comment by Kiersten on August 31, 2009 at 3:12pm
I don't know what was happening to the pump.
I just called mm today and they are sending my pump tomorrow, as there was no order for it to be sent?
Anyways, I haven't been low since thank gosh.

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