Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Making the Low Go...

When I was first diagnosed, my mom made a little pouch for me to hold a pack of lifesavers. She would pin the pouch into all my pants and shorts. As I became more daring, I would take a couple lifesavers each day. My mom would ask why I ate 2 or 3 lifesavers and I would say, “because I had a little reaction.” (this mostly happened when she stocked my pouch with butter rum lifesavers. Or when I could sneak a little peak through the end of a regular pack and see that the white one was on the end. Then I would always eat that one) Honestly, how could I ever really know when I was low. Urine testing wasn’t accurate and that was the only reference I had. I said that I felt low, and my parents treated me. They didn't have me run to the bathroom to do a urine test. (since it wouldn't give good information anyway!) I might have been low my entire childhood. No wonder my grades were never very good. I was probably hypoglycemic (or hyperglycemic) through a good part of elementary school. :-)

When I was a kid, I used to love using regular pop for a low. As a child, the only diet pop available were Tab, Fresca, and Diet 7up. I used to stand in the convenience store oogling over the choices of regular pop. Oh, how I longed to have a swig of Tahitian Treat or Orange Crush. As a kid, my mom used to let me have some pop to treat a low.

I’m pretty boring when it comes to treating lows now. I guess the boring part comes from figuring out what works best, and sticking to it.

If I’m low in the middle of the night, or early morning, I drink Juicy Juice small apple juice boxes. Depending on the number, I might have a packet of GU energy gel too. Don’t get me wrong... I have no intention of expending energy in the middle of the night. I use that because it’s simple and easy to eat. Just rip open the package, squeeze the contents in my mouth, done.

Dixie carries GU packets in her vest. When I first got Dixie, I tried a couple different items in her vest. Most things ended up melting or being too bulky for her to lay on. GU smooshes flat and I can keep a couple packets in her vest. I use GU when I need something quick during the day.

At school, I keep juice boxes, GU, gatorade, and fruit snacks. I use different combinations of the three things depending on my number, time since/until a meal, and how much time I have to treat.

I try to avoid eating for lows whenever possible. Dixie helps with that. She will often alert to tell me that I have too much insulin on board. (because of some wild a-- bolus or guessing at carb counts for mixed foods) When that happens, I have figured out how much/how long to turn my basal rate down. When Dixie alerts and I’m in the 70s, I will usually not eat, I’ll just turn my basal off for a half hour. I use Gatorade or Powerade sometimes when I just need “a little something.” (for an alert from Dixie in the high 60s, I can take a couple swigs of Gatorade, turn my rate off for an hour, and coast)

Those are my preferred low strategies. Thanks to Dixie, I can make more subtle adjustments to my basal rate to anticipate or prevent a low.

7 comments:

badpancreas said...

I think my favorite thing about those Juicy Juice boxes (besides the ridiculously redundant name) is that it says "Perfect for Toddlers!" on the side.

Perfect for Toddlers -- and 31-year-old Diabetics!

meanderings said...

The worst part about today's posts...
Now I want butter rum lifesavers.
Oh well, this morning it was Hostess cupcakes.

Minnesota Nice said...

Oooh. I know Dixie is a sweetheart, but she looks sort of snarly on that pic.

Molly said...

MN Nice, I know. She does look at little snarly. She had just finished digging a hole on vacation. Did you notice the mud is even on her tongue?? She was frisky and so proud of her accomplishments. :-)

George said...

Lifesavers - Not just a clever name! I always say that when I use those little rings of tasty goodness for a low.

Scott K. Johnson said...

I should try some of your techniques for lows. I usually eat, and eat way too much. Poor Dixie would be so sick of me! Haha!

Meri said...

I heard a woman once say her mom would wake up every night, come into her room, and tell her to squeeze her hand. And depending on how hard she squeezed her mother would give her so many spoonfuls of jam. It was her 40 year D anniversary when I heard this story. :)

Our alert dog usually alerts before the low too, and it is such a blessing. Nice to turn down the basal and not have to continually feed them sugar all day, although I'm sure my boys wouldn't mind. :)