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My first sugar 'low'

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I put low in quotes because it wasn't like a trip to the ER or anything. I had a rough day at work yesterday, lots of unexpected walking, lifting, and moving.
I wasn't really prepared for it.

I had a 1.5 mile walk to the bus in the morning, not too bad, I ate breakfast and when I got to the bus stop, I ducked into the gas station and got a Muscle Milk....its like a flavored protein shake. 200-ish calories and around 10 carbs. I had a half hour on the bus and then a half mile walk to work.
We rotate positions at work a bit so yesterday was my first time filling in for other people to have their breaks. I ended up getting pulled to help out with shipment. I was supposed to 'babysit' the shipment while the others either took some to the sales stock room, or offsite stock. I was told to start unloading the remaining pallets, sort, and count the boxes against the invoice. No problem....?
I unloaded and stacked one and a half pallets by myself in about 30 minutes then was pulled to fill in for someone who had to leave a half hour early.
I got my break about 3 hours into my shift and had a splitting headache, almost bad enough that I didn't want to eat. I checked my bg and I was down to 77. I ate and felt a tiny bit better and muddled through the rest of my shift. After I clocked out, I ate a bit of fruit and some cheese while I waited for my sister to come pick me up. By the time I got home, I was feeling really grouchy and in a LOT of pain. The headache was like on the top of my head...not a usual place for me, it is usually behind my eyes or the back of my neck.

I made a rather quick supper and checked my bg right before eating. I was down to 73. I know that isn't super low I think 70 is the lowest of the 'normal' range (?), but it is the lowest that I have been thus far. My beau told me to get some orange juice before I ate (he is hypoglycemic), which I did and was surprised at how fast my headache disappeared. By the time I went to bed, I was up at 89 and feeling a lot better, other than the headache hangover.

Is orange juice the best thing to keep around for an unexpected day of extra work and not enough carbs? We have a refrigerator at work and I was thinking of keeping a small bottle in there 'just in case'.
I know they make glucose tabs and gels, but do those have anything other than glucose in them or work any faster than OJ? The OJ I drink is extra pulp with no added sugar. I figure that the OJ has vitamins and fiber, plus I LOVE orange juice. That is actually one of my sads since being diagnosed, limiting my OJ servings.
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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/16/2014 12:41PM

    I don't know much about it..but my friends diebetic & she always carries OJ with her just in case. It seemed to work for you....so I'd go with what works for you.

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KAREN608 4/15/2014 5:44PM

    I don't know, but it does sound like since it works and you like OJ, why not have some at work. Just have to keep it fresh and not let it sit for a month, right? Looks like you are learning all the jobs at that place. At least you don't have time to get bored.

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DDOORN 4/15/2014 3:37PM

    I have family members with diabetes who swear by orange juice or just about any fruit juice for a pick up when the "lows" strike.

GL in avoiding those in the future!

Don

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POUTINGPEGGY 4/15/2014 3:03PM

    Really scary situation. I expect the Orange Juice works well because the sugar can get straight into the bloodstream. Don't know a lot about it. When I worked we were told to give anybody with low sugar a cup of sweet tea, very English.
I always get really irritable if I get hungry, that is have low sugar. I care for my husband, as you know,and one of the things I always do before I give him any care at all is to have something to eat. Just a snack because otherwise I get so frustrated with him.
You seem to be doing a lot of exercise, so no wonder your weight is dropping.
Hope you get everything under control. emoticon

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