Opening Tablets at 2am could be an Olympic sport!

According to Facebook, I was not alone in my early morning fight with diabetes.  I noticed that many other parents spent more time awake last night than asleep thanks to the dia-beast!

Last night my son was the picture of health and fitness.  I could hear the weights clambering as he lifted and pressed. I watched him haul his body up and down on his chin up bar and tried to convince myself that I could do that if I really wanted to. As I headed off to bed, he sat at our table chopping fruit and adding it to his plain yogurt for a snack.

He had been high the night before but I was guessing that working out and low-fat foods were going to see bg levels in range.  Well, that is what I hoped but at 2am I woke up and decided to see how things were going. He was 5 (90).  I hate five.  It’s a beautiful number during the day and a nightmare in the early morning hours. I just never know which way it’s heading.

Last night, I was pretty sure that I knew.  There was still a little bit of insulin onboard and I was certain that he was going to drop. Just in case I decided to give him some glucose.  I love glucose tabs for just these occasions–a glucose top up. Its perfect for the times when perhaps a tiny bit of sugar is all that you need.

I dug around in my son’s room trying to figure out where he has hid his Dex stash this week.  It was in the chair beside his bed–under the blanket, the hoodie, the pillow and various other articles of clothing.  The next challenge was to find tablets. Every time I grabbed something it was a bottle of liquid glucose.  I finally found a small container of tablets which of course was sealed.

How the heck is a person who is low supposed to get into those things? They are sealed, stretched and locked up tighter than anything else! I remembered that there were scissors on a table in the room. I grabbed them, cut open the tablets and eventually was able to feed my son a couple of tabs.

I headed back to my room to catch up on 2am Facebook and Twitter.  After 15 minutes, I rechecked to see if it was safe to sleep. It wasn’t.  He had dropped.  I dug back in the stash.  It was time for a bottle of liquid glucose. He loves this stuff but once again I was faced with the difficulty of getting it open. I finally slid my nail around the neck, got it opened and convinced my still sleeping son to drink on demand.

By 3am all was good and I could go back to bed and try to sleep but I was still stuck with the thought of what if I was the one low?  Would I be able to open the tablets? How would I get open the bottles?

glucose tablets

I guess you have to plan ahead and have the seals broke before you go to bed or have someone else willing to crack them open for you.  Not good. Not good at all.


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3 thoughts on “Opening Tablets at 2am could be an Olympic sport!”

  1. At 5 on the meter and a bit of insulin on board and after a bit of exercise the evening before, I treat with a glass of milk and a banana and when the bg starts to rise I bolus the insulin for that amount. I never worry too much about overtreating. With a pump and a sensor, it is so easy to correct an incipient high why worry about not overtreating a low? I wonder how many other pumpers with sensor no longer worry about overtreating a low. You can see the graph rising as the food hits and can bolus accordingly. I also think a 5 on the bg meter is not worth treating with glucose tablets. A snack has better nutrients than all that fast-acting glucose and really is 5.0 (90) that low?

  2. I do think a sensor system would be a great idea. You would save on sets and strips because you wouldn’t test as much. In the U.S. the sensors are only $33, I believe. The sensors have been a real sanity save for us, Barb. . Without sensors we’d be going constantly high or low and constantly correcting and never quite hitting the euglycemic range we all strive for.. I think Liam is right. You need a sensor. The patient would probably get a thrill out of seeing how close the graph reading and the bg reading were as well. We’ve used a sensor for over 6 years now and love it. It has saved my husband’s life so many times. I don’t remember 1 convulsion and really very few dangerous dangerous lows.

  3. Steak Knife- I have manipulated many things with low blood sugar with a steak knife, (husband works nights, so no help from the normal-sugared ) after trying to pry off that stupid plastic/tinfoil seal on the mega tabs bottle with my teeth, I grabbed a steak knife and punched a hole in it, worked like a charm. I HATE the manufactures for making these things so difficult, in fact I HATE all the manufacturers that make Diabetes more difficult than it has to be. Like having to wait after you put the test strip in for an insane amount of time before you apply the blood. How many strips have I wasted because I put the blood on too soon? How many times have I wasted two strips, because with my blood sugar dropping I was even MORE impatient the second time? Whoever designed the stupid carry case for the Dexcom CGMs, great product, but REALLY? Did this person ever try the stupid case? The case is so horrible you have to put the CGM somewhere safe, because it is SO expensive, and what good is a CGM if you can never find the thing? But mostly WHY do they sell the stupid strips in boxes of 50 and 100? WHY WHY WHY WHY? Like I want to spend MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE IN A PHARMACY. Instead they should sell them in boxes of 60 (divisible by 30, the averge number of days in a month, DUH) To this day, I still cannot get my pharmacy to auto refill all my prescriptions at the same time. STUPID STUPID STUPID. Their response was “we can mail order, that way you don’t have to go to the pharmacy to refill” Great, that’s just what I want, to have all my diabetic supplies sitting on a HOT truck or in my HOT mailbox or on my HOT front porch, or you can refuse to driver release and have to drive down to the post office instead of the pharmacy to pick them up. GENIUS.

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