D-Blog Week Day 2: Make the LOW GO! (a.k.a., eat everything I can see)

From Karen, our assignment for today:
Tuesday 5/11 ? Making the low go. Tell us about your favorite way to treat a low. Juice? Glucose tabs? Secret candy stash? What?s your favorite thing to indulge in when you are low? What do you find brings your blood sugar up fast without spiking it too high?

I have a lot of trouble with lows. No, that’s not exactly accurate. I have a lot of trouble with over treating lows. I have always been amazed by those of you strong-willed enough to control your eating/drinking while low. I remember Kerri talking about her “Eight Sips” being her key mental thing to treat her lows without going crazy on it. I thought to myself “man – I’d drain the whole bottle!”

I’ve talked about this a bunch before, and have gotten a TON of great comments, suggestions, and experiences from many of you. But I still struggle with it.

Depending on my day, if I can stick to fast acting glucose, specifically glucose tabs, I do a lot better (duh!). But there are many days where I choose other ways to treat my lows, and it almost always backfires. Why do I put myself through it, you ask? Well, because eating other stuff to treat a low is more short-term fun.

It’s pretty silly, because when I do that, I usually eat more than I need, then end up taking insulin to offset a rebound high. But because I pigged out when I was low, and didn’t count my carbs, I can only guess how much insulin to take. And what do we know about guessing insulin doses? We know good blood sugars DON’T often follow. It is usually an express ticket for the blood glucose roller coaster.

I hate the blood glucose roller coaster. But apparently I don’t hate it enough to grind GLUCOSE TABS through my thick skull.

And if you haven’t already, check out Sara’s post about a funny story from when she came to Minnesota for a visit…

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…