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Clingy Hypoglycemia.

The night before heading out to the Diabetes Sisters conference in Raleigh, NC (more on that tomorrow), I wanted to get to bed early and get a good night's sleep, since those have been hard to come by with travel, time changes, and my body's refusal to listen to my brain's good advice.

Suitcase packed up, Birdzone tucked in and asleep, and teeth brushed, I was ready for bed at 11 pm.  Oh, hang on a second ... the Dexcom is blaring.  What's that, Or these would be good.  Best candy ever.you say, oh technological safety net of mine?  78 mg/dL and TWO arrows down? 

I popped three glucose tabs into my mouth from the jar on my bedside table, and wiped away the glucose dust from my Dexcom receiver (somehow convinced it would seep in).  Should be a quick fix, right? 

But the low didn't stop there.  Over the course of three hours (that's 11 pm to 2 am), I nursed a low blood sugar that refused to give up.  I housed eight glucose tabs, half of a banana, some peanut butter, and a liter of frustration before seeing a steady climb on my Dexcom that was mirrored by my meter.  It was a cruel tease, where the Dexcom would show a little bit of a climb (Weee!! 62 mg/dL headed on up to 80?  I'll take it!) but then my blood sugar would tumble again and I'd test to see a 58 mg/dL.  

It wasn't until just past 2 am that my blood sugar had been stable for more than a minute.  And despite all that food, my meter still didn't put me over 100 mg/dL until the morning (which started at 5.45 am because that's when Birdy decided it would be fun to wake up and then I had to leave for the airport at 7.45 am ... weeeee?).

What is it with these tangly, clingy lows?  The ones that are ripe with symptoms (three hours of tingling, numb lips and a tongue that felt like it was water-logged, and that panicked, racing-heart feeling where you could consume the contents of the fridge without feeling bad about then ordering a pizza) and take a dog's age (is that seven years?) to come around.  Can I blame the late-afternoon exercise?  The insulin pump site change?  Hormones?  Logic?  Reason?  The incessantly horny spring birds shagging outside my bedroom window?  What makes one glucose tab fix one low, when it takes an entire fleet of cupcakes to sate the same number?  

At this point, I'm either wishing for mint-flavored glucose tabs or glucose tabs with little bristles so that my teeth are re-brushed as I chomp on them.

Comments

The girls experience those too. Except the dreaded tabs seem to make it worse as it is just a teaser - raging hungry and a empty tummy. So we re-discovered full sugar soda and seriously fell in love all over again.

I would buy those mint-flavored, tooth-brushing glucose tabs in a second.

I love the mint-flavoured, tooth burshing tabs as well! Sign me up for box number 3.

Hi Kerri,
There are some people who utilize a 15 carbs, 15 minutes and re-check. But... (1) Have you noticed a difference between the first day and the second day after a line change. Meaning are the numbers tighter on the first day. (2) Exercise have you tracked the before, after and 4 hours after a good exercise. I find this to be important when a few days have passed prior to the return of a good exercise. For me the Saturday cleaning and workout can send late time numbers in the tank. Oh, BTW have you thought about the possibility of cutting the insulin flow for a short period of time. After a failure of a 15 minute time frame, I find that the downside is that I could consume too much food and numbers will start to climb. Hope the comments help and as always have a great day.
Dan

Only you could casually bring up horny birds shagging outside your bedroom window and leave me thinking "okay, nothing strange here."

Also, clingy lows suck.

I completely get what you mean. Some days I need to just look at a sweet tart to get a 57 up to a safe number and other days I could eat a whole cake and my number would drop. Sometimes (well maybe all the time) D just doesn't make sense.
-Ellen

Diabetes sucks at math.

I'm so glad I'm not alone in this! (Though I wouldn't wish low blood sugar on anyone) Just last night, I think I guzzled half a gallon of juice and pop tarts and fruit snacks and still my sugar kept dropping. I even dropped down my basal rate. And what was my sugar when I woke up? 61. Sigh.

It can be so frustrating, but it helps so much to know someone else out there knows my pain.

I've had those lately too. I blame Sudafed. :)

101 ways to redesign glucose tablets
( I like the toothbrush idea)
Today I was thinking it would be nice to have glucose tabs on an elastic thread like those candy necklaces, so I wouldn't have to dig in my purse when I am out and about

I would definetly sport a glucose tab candy necklace!

Just when I thought I was the only one having these ridiculously cruel lows, I read your blog. I hate that you're having them too, but I'm also kind of glad I'm not alone.

I am lucky I have not had an episode like that (yet). However, I have only been diabetic for 2 weeks now and only had 1 low incident that was quickly remedied. Although from what I hear I will have plenty of situations like yours in the years to come!

Ha! I would totally buy those!

Thanks for the best + funniest post ever (still laughing about the birds)! Site changes randomly pop these up for me (as well as the opposite - continuously rising, bolus-ignoring BGs). Totally frustrating, but nice to hear someone else sharing their similar experience - and creating a way to find the humor in it!!!

I have lows like that every time I change my site. It's so frustrating. Add in any exercise and it is so much worse. Every time I change I have to set a temp basal rate. I have not yet gotten any kind of explanation for why this happens so frequently.
T1D for 30 years this July. Still complication free, thank God!!

Well said hypoglycemia can't put it any other way but can really be a bitch at times.Popping out the most unexpected of times.
I never resort to any pills then already have a lot to pop in for my ailments.

Emergency resort for me honey... Never lets me down

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