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Old 10-21-2012, 12:45   #1
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I just woke up dizzy, shaking, nauseus and extremely hungry in the very low 40's - first time - and I panicked like crazy. I took 2 glucose tabs (4g each) and about 6 oz orange juice (about 15 g)with some cream cheese, thinking the fat in the CC might help combat the carbs. I just really needed something in my stomach immediately and couldn't wait to cook breakfast. Did I over-react or do the right thing?

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PS: I should also mention that I haven't been sleeping well and yesterday slept through dinner so I didn't eat much, although my bedtime bg seemed a normal 86. I've been waking with lows in the high 50's and 60's, but this was the first time in the low 40's.


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What was your BS 15 minutes after you corrected? And what was it when you woke up? That should tell you if you over corrected

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For me, that'd be an overcorrect. It is hard to avoid those! If you stopped where you did, congratulate yourself!

As a low-carber, I now strictly limit myself to 4g glucose tablet, wait 15 min, and test. One more tab if needed. My husband babysits me, if he is around.

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What was your BS 15 minutes after you corrected? And what was it when you woke up? That should tell you if you over corrected
It was 42 after waking up, but I didn't do a 15-minute check. I did a one hour check just a few minutes ago and it's up to 142, so I think I did over-do it.

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It was 42 after waking up, but I didn't do a 15-minute check. I did a one hour check just a few minutes ago and it's up to 142, so I think I did over-do it.
Yep. It's an overdo. Not that big a deal. I had a couple where I was down in the 20s (2s) and knew I still was dropping so I got mine up to about 180 (10) just to give myself a bit of room. That one took ALOT to correct.

Just make sure you check every 15 minutes until you plateau so you'll know how much you need to correct for to bring it back down. One trick I used when taking insulin. When on the hypo/hyper express, I would use half my normal correction factor and would only start correcting aft ER I had plateaued. So say I needed an 8u bolus, I only used 4u. The thinking was that since I was going in extremes I wanted to slowly tame the swings until I got it levels out. Hence the half dose. It worked pretty well for me.

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Yep. It's an overdo. Not that big a deal. I had a couple where I was down in the 20s (2s) and knew I still was dropping so I got mine up to about 180 (10) just to give myself a bit of room. That one took ALOT to correct.

Just make sure you check every 15 minutes until you plateau so you'll know how much you need to correct for to bring it back down. One trick I used when taking insulin. When on the hypo/hyper express, I would use half my normal correction factor and would only start correcting aft ER I had plateaued. So say I needed an 8u bolus, I only used 4u. The thinking was that since I was going in extremes I wanted to slowly tame the swings until I got it levels out. Hence the half dose. It worked pretty well for me.

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My god, the 20's??? What's the level that would put you in a coma?

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My god, the 20's??? What's the level that would put you in a coma?
Well I know that 1500 does for sure. Lol. As well as gets you a one week "spa" stay.

As far as a low, I don't know. But the tunnel vision and brain fog was kicking in real hard at that point. I could barely think. Had to have BH help with getting me some food to correct.

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Hi there, if it was me I'd stick to carbs only until I've got the numbers up and then have some fat to make it last. The fat will just slow the process down and will actually make it more likely that you have too much carbs - better to get it up as quickly as possible!

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Hi there, if it was me I'd stick to carbs only until I've got the numbers up and then have some fat to make it last. The fat will just slow the process down and will actually make it more likely that you have too much carbs - better to get it up as quickly as possible!
That's good advice, thank you!

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Hello everyone,

I just woke up dizzy, shaking, nauseus and extremely hungry in the very low 40's - first time - and I panicked like crazy. I took 2 glucose tabs (4g each) and about 6 oz orange juice (about 15 g)with some cream cheese, thinking the fat in the CC might help combat the carbs. I just really needed something in my stomach immediately and couldn't wait to cook breakfast. Did I over-react or do the right thing?

Thanks

PS: I should also mention that I haven't been sleeping well and yesterday slept through dinner so I didn't eat much, although my bedtime bg seemed a normal 86. I've been waking with lows in the high 50's and 60's, but this was the first time in the low 40's.
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Try eating a little peanut butter before going to bed.Knew this gentleman and his sugar would drop alot during the night and he would have to set the clock and get up and eat in the middle of the night.His daughter told him to eat peanut butter before going to bed and he was able to sleep all night long without worry.

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