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Need to Get Juiced.

BEEEEEEEEEP!

Reaching for the alarm, but it's not the clock.  Check the cell phone, but it's not a text message.  Grope for the cat, but she's not beeping, either.

BEEEEEEEEEP!

Oh yeah, how could I forget?

52 mg/dl.  Not too low, but apparently I've over-corrected with those basal changes I made two days ago, and I need to retweak just a little bit. 

Wandered out to the kitchen, leaving the BEEEEEEP!ing behind in the bedroom, and also leaving the tube of glucose tabs resting on the bedside table untouched.  Make a beeline for the bottle of grape juice that sat, unopened, in the fridge.

I put it on the counter and tried to open it.

And you know, those freaking bottles are childproof when you are low in the middle of the night.  I couldn't break the seal on that white Ocean Spray cap for the life of me.

"Oh come on," I muttered as I braced my hip against the counter and flexed my wrist against the bottle top.  Abby circled, in shark-mode, meowing in support (or mocking me for not having the strength to open a freaking bottle of juice, but since she doesn't meow in English, I'm going with "supportive.")

Bottle cap didn't budge.  And despite the fact that the kitchen cupboard has three large jars of glucose tabs (in varying flavors, for my chalky pleasure) and a bottle of honey in it, I still pressed on with this stupid bottle.

BEEEEEEEEEP! from the bedroom.

"Open, you stupid thing!"

And the seal finally started to break, cracking open slowly and releasing like a loose tooth.  I wasn't too low, and I'm constantly wary of the highs while pregnant, so I just took three small sips.  Abby meowed her congratulations, while Siah snickered behind her paw at my clumsy weakness.  What is it about those lows in the wee hours of the morning that make my muscles into mushy oatmeal?

Next time, I'm eating the glucose tabs.  It's less embarrassing.   ;)

Comments

I can't open those juice lids when I'm NOT low. They're impossible!

Hang in there, mommy-to-be. You're doing an amazing job.

I use juice boxes even when I'm home because I know I can break the wrapper with my teeth if I have to. You could probably get the 4 oz juices so as to not overtreat. I think they are about 15 grams of carbs per box.

Caleb had a low the other night and I needed to open a new container of glucose tabs. Hot dang it was a struggle to get that plastic/paper seal off and I wasn't even low. All I could think of was how utterly infuriating this would be if I was. I am planning on taking all the seals off as soon as I get them so they are ready to go when they are needed. Glad you made it through and hope the basals work out better tonight!

I love juice boxes too. But...the other day, I had a surprisingly sneaky 39 and I could not, for the life of me, get the straw into the little hole!

I don't do juice anymore for lows...Half the time I'll end up spilling the juice all over the floor, my top, and any lingering cats...

Weird how the middle of the night lows are SO MUCH worse than the same bg would be in the middle of the day. It's like your brain doesn't have as many functioning neurons (the rest are still dead asleep), and the low bg just whops the remaining neurons upside the head.

My suggestion is to crack open a new bottle of juice when you are placing it in the refrigerator to chill. Then this particular struggle will go away.

I'm with Allison - I love those 4 oz. juicy boxes. 15 grams of carbs each. I keep two in my dresser drawer so I don't even have to get up when I'm low in the middle of the night. I hate eating glucose tabs in the middle of the night - too chalky. I save them for daytime lows.

Glad that I am not the only one who does this!!! We have a standing rule in my house...if you empty a bottle of juice, you have to open the next one because I can't if I am low!!!

http://www.nataliedee.com/012110/how-to-juicebox.jpg

Love juice boxes for the low. And love this cartoon!

Ok so i took about 15 years off of the glucose tabs but I am back on. At all costs I avoid the orange ones, if you're going with the tabs raspberry is the way to go,they are the only ones that don't make me gag. I envy you for being about to portion control juice....midnight low's usually always equal an overtreat for me but with the tabs this happens less.

I'm not able to use G-tabs, they just don't work anymore. I always have to go liquid. And as far as juice bottles.. isn't that what husbands are for? :)

I thought this story was going to end with you drenched in juice, in the middle of the night, dripping grapity stickiness onto your kitchen floor. That would have been far more embarrassing. See, it's all about perspective ;)

Grape juice works great for me, because I don't want to drink the entire bottle like I do with apple juice. My wife tried to trick me the other day though...I seriously drank about 1/3 of the bottle (like the one you pictured) and could not figure out why my low was not getting any better. Turns out it was "light" grape juice, and wasn't quite as carb-y as I had expected. Silly grapes.

I hate the muscle weakness. Sometimes it lingers even after hitting 70mg/dl. :P Then your brain is there but you feel like a clumsy, drunken idiot who keeps slapping herself because her hands won't work correctly. LOL :D

I'm a glucose tab girl. I always over eat when I'm low. I really need to invest in juice boxes. The only problem I have with juice boxes is Niya thinks they belong to her.

Any fans of the 6 oz cans of (Tree Top apple) juice? I think those are a great option.

Ohh eee...juice. I was given juice as a kid when my sugars dropped and now I have an unhealthy complex with juice. I hate juice. Maybe it is the relationship of bad low + juice = negative thoughts. Who knows.

My favy choice is honey & those powderie chalkness of goodness.

My husband actually pre-opens the juice bottles when he puts a new one in the fridge. Now that's love!

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