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Nighttime drink of a vampire - juice boxes rule!!!

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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!! 

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Posted: Sep 9, 2009 10:30
  • Nighttime drink of a vampire - juice boxes rule!!!


    The New Full Moon

    I'm a late bloomer, I'm not ashamed to admit this (or should I be?).  I took up reading the first of 4 books of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, which Laura, my niece is telling me are really good - PLUS she's got 2 tickets for the midnight premiere of New Moon on Nov 19th at 12:01.  Sweet.

    I am so involved in the characters, that I think they are in my dreams.  So much so, that last night, 02h30 to be precise, I woke up in abit of a sweat, heart thumping away, thinking to myself "Would Edward know that my blood isn't smelling sweet anymore (aka am I going low)?"  LOL - I mean, I'm not a teenager anymore - which is who these books are aimed at - am I regressing back into childhood here?

    I tried something different for treating my hypo.  No getting out of my cozy bed (it went down to 12C/54F last night) - going into the kitchen to test my BG to confirm what my reading is - then consume perhaps more then I should to treat it.  No, I was a wise ol' "teenage heartthrob" diabetic gal - I drank a juice box - 22 grams of carbs - to treat my low.  Meanwhile as I sipped away on my juice box, Manouchka my cat aka crotch cat - where she sleeps for most of the night - just purred away.  Too easy, I thought to myself - it's like having 1st class service on an airplane - not having to move.  About 5 minutes, no more passed, and then I was off to sleep again into la la land.

    I woke up this morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed, wondering to myself, "will I have elevated BG's?"  Which is sometimes common for me when I've had a hypo - but in this case with treating it  just with a juice box - I was amazed to see I was reading 5.3 mmol/l (95 mg/dl ) .  Wow!  Maybe in future I will treat my BG's this way - it's too easy!

    So, how many of you treat your overnight hypo's this way - right from your bedside without confirming your readings with your BG meter, etc.?   Just curious.

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  • By: : Oct, 27, 2009 00:19 AM

    Great Idea, I keep one with me at all times in my car, I always had one or two in my desk at work too. But I never thought about my bedside...great idea...one morning I woke up with the shakes and almost didnt make it to the kitchen..could have used one at my bedside that morning...for me it was a low BC.

    By: dorisjdickson: Sep, 09, 2009 11:53 AM

    Now where did you get that idea young lady?  I've been preaching that approach for years.  Juice boxes are convenient, don't require refrigeration and store easily in the night stand.  They also prevent munchies, weight gain and falls down the stairs.  However, I use mini-juice boxes - ~4 ounces.  ~15 carbs are normally sufficient.  But there are also normally 2 juice boxes in the drawer just in case.

    And no, I don't treat anything without checking my blood sugar.  My monitor is on top of the nightstand with my cell phone. 

    It is rare that potential symptoms don't have dual meanings.  Shaking can be adrenalin from anything and therefore, often means high blood sugar not low.  It can mean absolutely nothing too.  Waking up soaking wet can also mean high blood sugar not just low.  So I don't operate "in the dark."


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