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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Feb 26, 2009 23:20
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  • The Brain Battle

         For most of you - when having a low blood sugar - how do you handle it?  Well, here I am - just about to go to beddy byes (am knackered - been fighting something this week - but BG's have been stable at least).  I test my BG like I always do before heading off to bed – incase I have to do a correction – but I knew something was up even before I did the vampire stab of the finger.  I'm low, 2.4 mmol/L (43 mg/dL for you Doris – see my brain is still functioning ).  This is low for me - and I don't experience hypos too often especially at this time of the night - but probably this is due to giving abit too much insulin for my espresso and cookie earlier on. 

         I would just love to nibble on one of the thirty-six Zero bars that I have picked up tonight for my niece and sis-in-law (just discovered she loves these slightly unhealthy chocolate bars - laden with saturated fats) - but I am resisting the urge to open up the box.  They live in the United States – where low and behold – they can’t get these chocolate bars – usually it’s the other way around – we can’t get it here in Canada!  I’ve discovered that even my cat Zorro likes them - as I caught him sitting on the box about 1/2 an hour ago.  NB: picture has been taken of him doing this - so guess what I'll be posting on my Facebook page later for you to see .

     

         Unfortunately, a Zero bar will do nothing for my low blood sugar - because of the fat content - it doesn't work fast enough like either a glass of OJ or Dex4 (http://www.dex4.com/) will do.  I am being good here - because if I wasn't writing this out to you - I would be prying the box open - for just one bar! 

     

         I am very lucky that I know when a BG is coming on.  Get kind of cold, brain starts to malfunction - though in this case - my brain is still functioning - so I'm not too low yet (yes I’ve been lower and still able to think).   The other thing that tells me something is up - and please don’t go – poor girl.  I had a mastectomy a few years ago – and now when I start to go low – the muscles surrounding the implant in my left breast tighten up – so in away – this is a good thing – but a bit of a weird feeling.  I feel like Daniel Day-Lewis from the movie My Left Foot. 

     

         Alright – joking aside - I’m off to test my blood – I need to get to bed – otherwise I’ll be useless at work tomorrow.

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  • By: dorisjdickson: Feb, 28, 2009 20:48 PM

    Hi Anna,

    If the question is ... what would I do at 43?  First and foremost, I would drink a few ounces of orange or apple juice.  I drink OJ at home, apple juice boxes otherwise.

    Then, any further action would be determined based on what was causing the low and if that was the bottom.  Normally, the juice would be the end of it. 

    However, if excessive energy output was the cause (and there was more to come) or I overestimated a rapid acting dose (and peak hadn't hit) I would be rechecking every 15-30 minutes and possibly snacking as necessary.

    That's where my log book comes in handy.  Otherwise, I wouldn't have much memory of everything I'd done especially relative to time increments. 

    If, as you described, the 43 was just before bed - I'd probably try to stay awake a little longer. 

    If it was clearly a slower than expected digestion, I'd definitely have to wake myself up because that freaking food is going to digestion sometime!  Bad food.

    Doris



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