I have been on insulin for only nine months and am still trying to figure things out. I have developed bad anxiety when I need to drive on a major highway at high speeds with the thought of having a low and then having an accident. I drive locally with no problem but have pretty much stopped driving far and fast. I never had this problem before the insulin and I need to get control of this. Does anyone have the same concerns or any suggestions to calm my anxieties.

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Tags: Driving, anxiety, lows

Comment by Bubbagaga on March 30, 2014 at 12:11pm
Thanks for the advice about the fast acting sugar. Tried the advice about marrying rich and that hasn't worked. You know how it goes, I married for love......haha. I have really improved with my fear of lows. I don't know why I am so concerned, because I do know how they feel and I rarely get them. I always carry glucose with me just in case. I am trying real hard not to let diabetes shape my life. Thanks again!
Comment by meee on March 30, 2014 at 4:15pm

The limo sounds like a good idea, lol. I always start to feel like I'm low when I'm at a stop light, most of the time I'm not though. I do get a little nervous when going on a highway because pulling over is problematic, so I keep glucose tabs in the console- an open juice pack or unwrapped glucose tabs ready to gobble is a good idea just in case and I always test before driving so I have some idea where I am.

Comment by Bubbagaga on March 30, 2014 at 4:27pm
I usually test also before I start to drive. I guess I just have to be prepared and hit the road with confidence. Got a gorgeous granddaughter about an hour away and I can't let a little blood sugar fear get in the way of getting a big kiss and hug!
Comment by ginjan on March 31, 2014 at 12:36pm

I sympathize with your concern ~ I think we have all worried at one time or another about going low while driving. The suggestion of always having a fast acting carb available is a good one (glucose tabs work well and keep practically forever) ~ I find the best thing to do is to always check my blood sugar before I drive and I do not drive if I am under 100.

Comment by Bubbagaga on March 31, 2014 at 1:56pm
Ginjan, since I have only been on insulin for nine months, I am still learning how my body reacts to it. Things change from day to day, but I am getting more settled with it. I do test before driving, but I keep it a little higher than 100; usually about 120. I used to keep it even higher around 150, when I first started until I felt mre familiar with things. As time goes on I will keeping trying lower readings and see how it goes. Thanks.
Comment by Emily Coles on April 3, 2014 at 2:57pm

One of the things I do to stay safe while driving is keep LOTS of glucose tablets in my car, where I can easily reach them from the driver's seat, at all times.  That way, the moment I have a glimmer of a low BG on the way I can grab a couple to boost me back up.

Comment by Bubbagaga on April 4, 2014 at 4:47pm
Thanks Emily, I am trying to take everyone's advise to heart. I am really making a conscious effort to not let tnis take over my life. Doing better since I joined this support website. It's amazing how knowing that others understand really makes you stronger and less scared.

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