Type 1 Diabetes: Low Blood Sugar Coma

Type 1 Diabetes visualization of a low blood sugar coma. Whatever diabetes type, you can get low blood sugar at night and you wake up and everything is a blur and confusing.


I based this on my own experiences of low blood sugar. When I get really low all lights start to get halos and things no longer make sense. It's like those mornings where you are still half asleep but in this instance the adrenaline is blaring telling you that if you want to die all you have to do is nothing. I would recommend for all type one diabetics or users of insulin and insulin raising drugs to keep glucose tabs next to your bedside. I have mine there a long with a year old sugar soda I haven't used yet.

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Comment by Sarah Keech on October 13, 2009 at 8:18am
Your video def captures the feeling. Good advice on keeping sugar pills at arms reach from bedside. I kept them a few steps away from my bed when I lived alone. One night I had a low where I couldn't stand and dragged myself over to those tablets. In the meantime I had scrapped the side of my face on the night stand. People at work thought I was in an abusive relationship the next day. But diabetes sometimes feels like an abusive relationship, doesn't it?
Comment by Kristin on October 9, 2009 at 4:57pm
Everything is very confusing when you're low... and blurry.
Comment by Joe Zen on October 6, 2009 at 5:09pm
I feel for you Elizabeth. I think I would cry for a whole week if one of my toddlers (5 and 2) got juvenile diabetes. I secretly hope since I have 1.5 that that means their chances are reduced somehow but my sister got type 1 when she was 8. However my two year old thinks my glucose tabs are the best candy in the world, like monster smarties.
Comment by Elizabeth on October 6, 2009 at 10:02am
Way to make something not funny into something hilarious. I'll try to think of this the next time I'm awake at 3 am trying to make a combative toddler drink juice he doesn't want because his BG is 58...
Comment by Tracy Malloy on October 5, 2009 at 7:47pm
NIce!! I once had to listen to my husband yelling if I was OK because I dropped a whole gallon of milk trying to make a bowl of cereal. I ignored him and I answered him the next morning. LOL, he knew I was conscious because he could hear me yelling at the cats to get away from the milk while I ate my GIGANTIC bowl of corn pops. He also knew enough not to come into the kitchen as I can get angry. :) Now I sleep with glucose tabs, makes life much easier, although I still get snippy when I wake him because I have turned on the light and he says " what? are you OK? "
I get defensive. It's part of my charm.
Comment by Andreina Davila on October 5, 2009 at 12:46pm
Love the acting Joe, that was great!
Comment by Joe Zen on October 4, 2009 at 7:39pm
I read once that you can fudge a type 2 diabetes test by doing this same thing, eat only carbs for 24 hours before test. no protein or fat. I guess it must seriously lower your ratios.
Comment by Joe Zen on October 4, 2009 at 7:38pm
I once got super low when I was fasting for a lipid panel and cholesterol test. I figured since only fat throws off these tests I'd have a can of pineapple slices and assumed my normal ratios would work fine. However i had super lows before I went for the blood test at 12pm. But I kept dropping. Luckily got home and ate food and was better. Though my primary care doctor called me up when the tests came in to make sure I was alive. Said my sugar was 32 on the blood they took.
Comment by Joanne on October 3, 2009 at 10:57pm
just had this happen to me yesterday. As I was dazed and somewhat confused i staggered to the bathroom and took my BS. It shows 42. Never had been that low, knew enough to stay away from the stairs. Went back to my bed and was lucky enough to have a recently purchased bag full of candy for my trick or treaters for Halloween. 3 mini Musketeers later after 30 min I was at 102. definately was fuzzy and shaky. This came 2 hrs after my cereal and OJ breakfast..... go figure ???
Comment by Joe Zen on October 3, 2009 at 8:03am
maybe the gap in your c is your optic nerve?

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