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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Making The Low GO! (ABC STYLE)

Day two of Diabetes Blogging's topic is lows.  A low occurs because the body doesn't have enough sugar to burn for energy.  The level of sugar in the blood falls too low.   Causes of a low could be
  • Meals or Snacks are late or missed
  • Exercise
  • Insulin dose is too high (sometimes we have to estimate how much to give to The Sugar Princess...very frustrating)
  • Taking a bath or shower soon after taking a shot of insulin
  • Insulin dose peaking at a different time than usual (this happened sometimes when The Sugar Princess was on NPH insulin...NPH is evil!)
Symptoms of a low blood sugar are...
  • Hunger -- The Sugar Princess usually says, "My tummy hurts!"
  • Shakiness
  • Sweatiness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Drowiness -- The Sugar Princess sometimes gets really tired and wants to go to sleep.  Is she tired or low?
  • Behavior Change -- Sometimes The Sugar Princess gets alittle mean.
  • Vision Problems
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Coma and even Death
Sometimes The Sugar Princess can feel a low coming on, but there are other times we check her like normal and a 29 will show up on her meter!!  A 29 and she doesn't feel or she didn't show any symptoms...that is SCARY!  You wouldn't believe how fast I move!  What do we use for lows...a variety of things.  Here are some examples that we use.....ABC style! Lol! (I think I'm procrastinating with my school work again!)

A is for Air Head Taffy (mini size)
B is for Bananas
C is for Cake frosting
D is for Dum Dum pops
E is for EL Fudge Cookies
F is for Fruit roll ups
G is for Glucose Tabs
H is for Honey
I is for Iced Animal Cookies
J is for Jelly Beans
K is for Kudos Bar
L is for Lemonheads
M is for Marshmallows
N is for Necco (wafer candy)
O is for Orange Slices
P is for Pudding
Q is for Quaker Granola Bars
R is for Reese's
S is for Skittles
T is for Tootsie Rolls
U is for Uh-Oh! Cookies
V is for Velveeta cheese with Crackers
W is for Wonka Runts
X is for "Xtra" Creamy Breyers Ice Cream
Y is for Yogurt
Z is for Zucchini cupcakes  (okay, okay...maybe not, but Z was a hard one! Lol!)


  1. Genius! Yum, I think I need a snack. :)

  2. I'll take a C, E, J, M, R and S please.

  3. AWESOME!!!!! I'll take a (gf) Z for breakfast :)

  4. Oh my goodness!!! I'm so impressed that you made it all the way through the alphabet!! X and Z too!! What a fun post!!

  5. Dum-Dums and Reese's - LOVE THEM.
    Actually, I love pretty much everything on your list, even the Zucchini cupcakes!
    Kelly K

  6. Love this approach to today's (or weeks' ago posts)!!