Hello all and thanks to Linda G for the birthday wishes. I haven't checked in for a while, even though I get the occasional email from tudiabetes.
I've been OK, but today had an experience. I was out on the bus, went to a grocery store, and before I checked out, thought I should get some cookies as I felt a low BG coming on. I munched a few cookies and then wanted to cross the busy Gold Star Blvd in Worcester. I saw lots of gaps in traffic I could have darted through, but the low BG had me doubting my ability, and I sat down to let the cookies kick in. As I dug in my pocket for the glucose tabs, I got massive muscle spasms and was flat out kicking the ground. I guess no one saw me, else there would have been an ambulance there. A few minutes later and a few glucose tabs and I was on my way.
It's been a while since I had anything resembling that.

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Comment by CaryJ on January 25, 2013 at 5:39am

Hi Joe,
My son and I are very familiar with Gold Star Blvd. He had a fender bender there a few years ago, and he still hates to drive in that area. How heartless that nobody stopped to help you. I have stopped for a couple of people in Worcester that were in obvious difficulty and given them a ride home. That's the least anyone can do. We live in Northborough. It's nice to hear from people in the area.

Comment by Linda G on January 25, 2013 at 12:22pm

Joe....first of all, thank you very much for your kind comment :)
2) I have been there with a super low. Was driving at the time...and darn it, I was fine when I got IN the car! This one time, had the car in park, and my head on the steering wheel. NO ONE stopped. People just went around me!! A mixed blessing, as being in the driver's seat, in the middle of the road with a low, could result in getting my driver's license suspended here in Canada. The weird thing is that I had all my "diabetes stuff" with me...metre...fast sugar...snacks...It just didn't kick in right away that I was low! But that's also what happens when you're low...your brain stops working!! Glad you're ok. So you think the spasms were due to the low. Frightening AND painful.

Comment by JoeW on January 25, 2013 at 1:45pm

I forgot to also thank brokenpole and Donna H about the birthday.
Cary, great to hear that someone's in the same general area. In fact, when I worked in Southborough and Marlborough, I drove through Northborough to get there. I'm sure someone would have helped on Gold Star if it was worse and lasted longer, but it was just a few seconds.
Linda, I was driving and had my sister with me once and she noticed my low coming on before I did! After all, *her* brain didn't stop working, mine did. Some day there should be technology to help, a "brain fade" sensor. Be careful till then.

Comment by JoeW on January 25, 2013 at 2:11pm

And, Linda, yes, the spasms are a symptom I get when BG gets *really* low, like 40-45. I had diabetes about 30 years and never experienced it. But when the doctors started urging stricter control and changing to newer faster insulins, I started experiencing the spasms. The first time I got it, I knocked over a display rack in Mauro's general store (Cary should know that place), ended up on the floor, EMTs came and wanted to take me to hospital, but I was OK in a few.

Comment by Linda G on January 25, 2013 at 2:59pm

Oh man Joe....totally freaky!
I've had LOW lows (27 the lowest)...and have had severe cramps in legs, that nearly caused me to pass out...but they were attributed to low potassium!!
Life....always keeps you hopping!!

Comment by Lois on January 25, 2013 at 9:43pm

Yeah, I think that I ought to always carry these supplies. My lows (high 40s, 50s, etc.) have been sneaking up on me. I haven't noticed the latest until I start to get disoriented and start shaking and sweating. Trouble is, how do you prevent yourself from eating your goodies when you are just craving something sweet?

Shame on me!!!

Lois

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