Like any good family living with type 1 diabetes, we have a rule–Never Waste Blood! If you cut yourself, find a glucometer immediately. Never waste an opportunity to see if your blood sugar is high or low whether you have diabetes or not.
As a family with one member having diabetes, you always wonder and worry about another family member being diagnosed. Cutting yourself is a great way to check and make sure that everyone is okay without the trauma of having them lance their finger. They are already traumatized by the cut so we make the most of it!
I cut myself.
I was drying off our blender when I was stabbed by one of its blades. I could feel the piercing of my skin, so like a good d-momma I squeezed my finger until a drop of blood formed.
I was on the phone but headed to my son’s room and said “I need a glucometer. I am bleeding.”
He dropped the game he was playing, found a meter and quickly grabbed a test strip. It was so odd to see him moving my finger to the meter the same way I have done with his for years. As I watched his skill and confidence, the scene was strangely sad.
The glucometer said I was low
I continued my phone conversation. My son watched the reading come up on the glucometer and he said “You are low! It says you are 3.6(65).”
I was sure that I was fine and the meter was just off. The blood had dried up and I wasn’t keen on lancing my finger just to prove to him I was okay. I told him I couldn’t be low and walked away to finish my call.
Treating a low blood sugar
My son soon followed me into the kitchen where I was still on the phone. “Mom, you are low! You should be having orange juice.”
I told him that I felt fine. I asked if he thought that I should feel something if I was low especially since I don’t have diabetes?
“Mom, everyone is different. Perhaps people without diabetes feel lows completely different than I do. The meter says low. Low is low. You should have some orange juice.”
“or at least a glucose tablet” came the voice on the other end of my phone.
Signs of a low blood sugar
Everyone reacts differently to a low blood glucose. Some people do have no reaction (hypoglycemia unawareness) which can, of course, be very dangerous.
Most people will find that they
- are shaky
- have a headache
- are tired
- have blurred vision
- can’t think properly
- have numbness in their lips or tongue
- are sweating
- are hungry
- are pale
- or irritable
Low Blood Sugar Treatments
If you do feel that you are low (hypoglycemic), make sure to immediately ingest 15 g of sugar. This could be in the form of
- 1/2c of regular pop/soda
- 1/2c of orange juice
- 1 roll of rockets/smarties
- 1 c of milk
- 3 glucose tablets
- 3 packet of sugar
I never did have any juice. The only “symptom” I had was a mild headache that had plagued me all day. I am going with meter error but his concern and his no-nonsense approach to my reading made me touched me that he was worried.
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