Alyssa's Journey with Type 1 Diabetes

An outlet, a diary of sorts, a place for thoughts, a place to connect,
an expression of feelings about Juvenile Diabetes......

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Treating Lows

When I ask Alyssa what it feels like when her blood sugar is low, she says that she feels like she's shaking and her heart feels like its going to beat out of it's chest.  What I notice when she's low is that her face pales and although she's cool to the touch, she breaks into a sweat.  Also, her pupils dilate and her speech is appears as though she's drunk.  Last night, just before bed she came to me and said she was low.  She was already treating herself with a juice box, as she had checked her sugar and it was 34!!  I sat her down and retrieved the Smarties from our supply cabinet and gave her a few of those after she finished the juice box.  This is always a touchy time because there is always the chance she'll lose consciousness.  The 15 minutes before re-check seems to last forever.  Then just as quick as the low came on, the color starts to return to her cheeks, her words become clearer and she says she feels better.  Re-check 92.  I gave her 4 peanut butter crackers.  At about 2:30 a.m., I checked of 187. 

She had an 1 1/2 hour cheer practice earlier that evening, but her bg's were good before and after.  And what was crazy, was that at this time she was just playing on the laptop, nothing physical. She had a normal bg before dinner and ate really well.  Ughh....unpredictable!!

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