This morning I had my lowest reading ever, at 1.9 (34). I was busy teaching and was really absorbed in what I was doing so I didn't notice the usual symptoms. But then I started to feel like I could pass out and saw big black floaters in front of my eyes. I've been feeling flu-ey for a while, so I initially attributed it to that. But, after I dismissed the class I tested my blood sugar. 1.9!

I munched a few glucose tabs and sat down to wait for it to rise again. Some of my colleagues noticed I was looking unwell and tried to chat, but I felt really foul and just wanted them to go away until I felt better! I had to fend off 3 of them while still trying to be polite. Only after I had taken the glucose tabs did I notice my usual hand-shaking symptoms. Then I got really hot, and a little bit sweaty. I got quite hungry too and just wanted to eat more and more glucose tabs, but convinced myself that it was not necessary and then I'd have to deal with rebound highs.

After 15 minutes I tested again and I'd risen to 6 (108). I finally felt up to walking back to my office and starting the rest of my day.

It was quite scary, and a strong reminder that I need to watch out for lows even though I'm only on Metformin. I'm so thankful that I had my tabs in my handbag, too!

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Comment by shoshana27 on July 16, 2013 at 8:57am

i always carry glucose tabs in my pant or skirt pocket.

Comment by pancreaswanted on July 16, 2013 at 11:00am

scary! glad you caught it! teaching does that to you, doesnt it?!

Comment by meee on July 16, 2013 at 12:11pm

I'm glad you were ok.. lows like that are horrible :( I had one in June where I was sure I would pass out.. I had stacked insulin. I'm being very careful now. Always carry glucose tabs and juice packs with you, I would store some at work too.. I have a whole drawer full at work. I know that feeling too, when I'm that low I just want people to leave me alone till I come up.

Comment by Megan S on July 23, 2013 at 12:20pm

Shoshana: I used to when I was on insulin, but since I'm just on Metformin I wasn't expecting it. I teach in a number of different shared classrooms so I can't keep a stash of emergency supplies in the room.

Pancreaswanted: You bet! One of my favourite things about teaching is that it's so absorbing. It really forces you to be in the moment and takes you out of your head. Of course, the downside is that it's easy to forget about looking after yourself. What do you teach?

Meeee: I used to have a plastic tub with glucose tabs and slow carbs in a drawer in the room, but I took it out before our school vacation. This happened in the first week back and I hadn't replaced it yet.

Comment by shoshana27 on July 23, 2013 at 12:25pm

why don't you carry a bag with emergency things you might need?

Comment by Megan S on July 23, 2013 at 12:27pm

I do now! I had let my supply run out and wasn't being vigilant about it before though, but believe me I am now!


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