Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Old School

It was interesting to read the ‘day in the life’ posts from everyone yesterday and see how similar and yet how different they are for each of us.



The task for today is to share how we ‘make the low go’. I’ve got a favorite low treatment but I also have a great story about treating a low from a few years ago.
I guess you could say I am ‘old school‘ in my favorite way to treat a low. I am not sure if it is because of my relatively recent diagnosis (7-8 years ago) or in spite of it. I most often treat my lows with glucose tablets – fruit punch specifically.
There was a time when I first moved to Florida that I used the little Juicy Juice apple juice boxes to treat lows when I was home, but man those straw wrappers are tough when you are low!
I don’t really mind the taste of the glucose tablets, they are easy to store and carry, and I can buy them in bulk. I buy the large bottle at Wal-Mart and then use it to fill up whatever stray tubes I have laying around the house, regardless or the original flavor they carried. I got the ones in the picture below for free from the last health fair at work but I can assure you they haven’t carried orange tablets in them in a while!
fruit punch - yum!glucose in bulk
have glucose will travelOctober 13, 2007 - diabetes 365 - day 5
Now time for the story. This one goes ‘way back’ to the archives of my old blog in June of 2007. I was in Minnesota for a conference and had just participated in my first blogger meet-up.

From the ‘pride cometh before a fall’ archives, Scott asked me how I managed to not overtreat my lows. I talked about how I knew how many carbs I would need to raise my numbers to an acceptable level and I would take however many glucose tabs that would equal (typically 1-2). Well, the next night I had a crazy low that including some pretty wicked nausea. And I needed to get ready for a banquet. Here is the e-mail I sent to the group the next day:

“Remember how I said that I didn’t usually over-treat my lows? I had one yesterday afternoon (43), and proceeded to have: one glucose tablet (the last in the container), a snack-size bag of peanut butter ritz sandwiches, a DingDong, and the bag of chips I saved from Panera. 30 minutes later I was at 85, but 2-3 hours later I was at 386 – oops!!”

… to which Scott replied, “did you simply panic because you couldn’t get your second glucose tablet? Or did you say “man, all that stuff that Scott eats when he’s low sounds really good…” and throw A1C control to the wind?”

I think it must have been a little of both!!

  • deanusa says:

    i can relate to a lot of that!!! lol

    stupid straws!!

    May 11, 2010 at 8:24 am
  • Rachel says:

    ha! stupid straws! we carry juice boxes for the car. would you believe G has NEVER used glucose tabs?

    May 11, 2010 at 8:40 am
  • Lorraine says:

    Glucose tabs and juice seem to be the mainstays so far. Kudos to you for doing such a great job on not over-treating (most of the time).

    Thanks for continuing to encourage the use of “check” rather than “test”. We have the same approach. There are high, low and in range numbers, but no good or bad numbers (although sometimes it’s hard to remember that). 😉

    May 11, 2010 at 9:11 am
  • Scott K. Johnson says:

    Haha! I totally remember that!

    May 11, 2010 at 11:19 am
  • Karen says:

    OMG, great story!!! Nothing like the power of suggestion, huh?

    May 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm
  • Mike Ratrie says:

    Wow! Glucose tablet art! Cool!

    Your old school story reminds me of how controlled I can be when I talk/write about treating lows and then get hit by something less than 50! They frequently result in a 250+ high.

    Fair Winds,


    May 11, 2010 at 4:39 pm
  • Jacquie says:

    A ding dong sounds amazing right about now. Too bad I’m at 87.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm
  • George says:

    Too bad Ding Dongs don’t come in edible wrappers. Foil can be tough when low too!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:31 pm
  • Michael Hoskins says:

    Great story, Sara! I too tend to overtreat when Low, not because I don’t know what the effect will be, but I just want to not be low. And so caution is thrown to the wind. I laughed when you noted the juice box straw issues – I had that once in the middle of the night, but it didn’t stop me…I woke up the next morning and found three empty juice boxes with a knife sticking out of one. Quite a mess, I must admit! But, at least it solved my Low!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm
  • k2 says:

    Glucotabs are one of the trending topics in #DiabetesBlogWeek !

    kelly k

    May 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm

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