when i have a low, my go-to fix is Lindt Chocolate with Sea Salt; another is dark chocolate covered espresso beans. they work like a charm, although they don’t work quickly. sometimes i look forward to going low just to justify being able to eat either of these.
(obviously, i could bolus and then eat them without having to go low )
of course, i like eric’s rationalization the best.
If someone could invent reusable test strips that would be awesome. But they would go out of business, because everyone would buy only 1 or 2 strips instead of 300 a month. So the business would end up failing.
It’s kind of like the guy who invented the incredibly strong and permanent glue. Nobody could open the jar that contained the glue…
I’m not sure—I’d have to test it out and see how it makes me feel. I’d definitely choose steady 70 without a problem though—if I could eliminate the risk of lows somehow (or like, guarantee I’d only have one low every week or two or whatever max, regardless), I’d target the 70s. That said, 130 steadily might still be quite good, and I wonder whether the stability might mean improved results over someone with simply an average of 130.
Diabetes is a lot like driving a stick shift… when you’re a kid and first learning, or trying to teach a kid, there’s a lot of stalling and over revving the engine… but eventually you figure it out and it becomes second nature…
well, our kiddo definitely feels fine at 130 and definitely feels low at 60, so I am not sure if that’s because we’re taught to “run him high” or if toddlers genuinely do need to avoid the 60s to feel okay. For us, 65 or less seems to be when lows feel symptomatic for him.
Liam doesn’t feel 60’s, or even 50’s…at least as far as we can tell from how he’s communicated his feelings to us when we’ve asked him, while in those ranges. There was twice that he was even legitimately 40 and he said he felt in the normal range. I’ve begun testing him more frequently during the highs and lows especially to try and get a sense of how his body feels…so far, his only answer has been “I feel OK” or “I feel regular”. One time his CGM read 100 and he came to me and said “Papa, I feel low.” So I jumped too and checked his sugars…he was 118.
It’s obvious he’s still got some self awareness to begin being able to feel UNLESS he genuinely just isn’t feeling any different when he’s obviously high or low (via finger stick).
Yes for sure~~ Samson often feels low in the 80s or 70s if he’s dropping really fast. Sure enough, 10 minutes later he is low… it’s definitely the rate of change.
Even as a non-diabetic, I’ve noticed I get that hypo feeling often after eating something sugary without a lot of other nutritional heft… I have tested a few times and am always normal, but I’m guessing what made me feel ill was the crash.