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hypoglycemia

Break Glass in Case of Emergency

Blood Sugars August 29, 2017 10 Comments

The low alarm goes off and my arm snakes out from underneath the covers in slow motion, a serpent in search of snacks. The jar of glucose tabs sits on my bedside table, most often collecting dust but on this night, it’s an essential item.  I flip open the lid and count out four tabs, piling them on the side…

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Useless Juice.

Blood Sugars, diabetes, Diabetes Products June 27, 2017 8 Comments

We don’t drink juice “for fun” in our house; it’s only for low blood sugars, considered almost as medicinal as the insulin hiding out in the butter compartment of our fridge. So when I came home with these juice boxes unintentionally, I was pissed. 35% less sugar?  That’s exactly what I don’t want! Useless juice.  I’m bringing it back and swapping it…

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Dealing with Overnight Low Blood Sugars.

Blood Sugars April 27, 2017 7 Comments

Quick confirmation:  Yes, you are reading this on the Internet.  No, this website is not written by a doctor.  Or a medical professional of any kind.  (Or a professional of any kind.) This is not medical advice.  I have been living with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and this is just how I do it. Such a good…

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Target Lows.

Blood Sugars April 7, 2017 20 Comments

“Can you scan these so I can open them now?” “Sure thing,” as she reached her arm over the conveyor belt to scan the package of Skittles in my sweaty palm. BEEP. I ripped open the package clumsily, my phone screaming out the Dexcom urgent low alarm tones.  Jammed a handful of Skittles into my mouth – way too many…

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Emergency Plan.

Blood Sugars March 22, 2017 7 Comments

Was just 106 mg/dL.  Tumbled fast to 40. Took minutes.  Felt like seconds. Dizzy. Wait – get phone. Put the baby in his crib. He’s safe in there. Already drank juice – plenty of it – now wait wait waaaaaaaait. …. waaaaaaiting. Wall edges seem wiggly, like if I poked them they’d shudder like Jell-O. Baby is safely in the…

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