Today I had a low that hit me like a tonne of bricks. My CGM didn't catch it. In fact, I had just eaten a relatively carb heavy meal 30 mins prior. My bg before my meal was 6.4 (115) and I ate 50g carbs, gave my 8 unit bolus and carried on.
As I walked back to my office, I felt a wave of nausea. It subsided pretty quickly so I put my things in my office and dashed off to the bathroom before the next person in line went on lunch break. As I was washing my hands I looked in the mirror in the work bathroom and everything just started to feel....fuzzy. Things wouldn't focus right. I turned towards the opposite wall and stood for a few seconds trying to remember where the paper towel was kept. As I pumped for the paper, I got really annoyed at how loud the dispenser is an even gave an audible aughhhhh because I needed more.
So I walked back to my office. Or at least I assume I did because I came around sitting in my chair staring at a meter reading of 2.6 (42). It took me a second to realize that it was low before I emptied 5 glucose tablets into my mouth and methodically started to chew them. As they turned into a paste in my mouth I thought I better double check my sugar, and it rang up 2.0(36) this time. I stuffed two more glucose tabs in my mouth and started chewing on a piece of licorice I found in my desk (yeah, gross and yeah, I must have a huge mouth and a huge dentist bill.)
As I started to feel more stable I pulled my Dexcom reciever out of my bag and it said 99. So I guess it showed I was lower then my lunch sugar but still. It had been 18 days since I inserted my first sensor. 18 days! I pulled it. My first sensor is done if it is reading 60 off, and I will re-start one tonight.
|More like 39 amirite?|
|Farewell sweet sensor. You did good.|
So I am now 5.0 (90), and comfortable, albeit a bit hungover from that 7 glucosetablets-twopiecesof licorice-and 50g carb- hour I just had. But it was a swift reminder that even after 23 years living with Diabetes, it can still sneak up on us.
I was reminded of Scott Johnson's Post here about his experience with passing out. And Scott Brenner's post about how his daughter, Arden, felt low but her CGM read that she was ok. You can read that here
Sometimes Diabetes makes us vulnerable, no matter what the experience level, type of diabetes or situation you are in. We have to watch out for ourselves and each other.
Despite this experience, the Dexcom has been a real savior.
I started to recognize what my lows feel like before they were "lows". I started to be more sensitive to highs, resulting in two blood sugars over 10 in the past 18 days. I have definitely had more lows (work in progress!), but I have slept through the night most nights without a low!
So I am pleased. I am still trying to find sensors that I can afford. I have had a few very generous offers to sell me some sensors, but I can't afford a lot of money to go towards them unfortunately, because as of right now it is a luxury. So again I will say if you have any Dexcom Seven plus sensors that are not being used and would like to sell them for a small price please let me know! If you have expired ones I will even give them a try!