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Old 01-09-2013, 08:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How frightening! I'm so glad everything turned out OK.
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So sorry you and DH had to go through this but you sure has given a wealth of knowledge to all of us and we could t be more grateful. So glad all is well for you both.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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First of all, Terry, I am so glad you were able to help your husband and that he came out if it okay.

I'm sitting here thinking how amazing it is how much I have learned about so many things ... and, how we all met and came together here on SM ... because of, and through our beloved Maltese.

Terry, I am so happy for you that your husband told you how much he appreciates you. I was touched by how he expressed his feelings to you. I think your husband might be a lot like mine ... he can be so stubborn at times ... but, he does have a good heart and does show his vulnerability every once in a while.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:20 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Oh Terry i know how scared you must have been. My husband is a type 2 diabetic so i'll definitely have to remember about the Karo syrup and about not swallowing it but holding in the cheeks, that totally makes sense. I'm so happy that you were there and that he's doing better now.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:49 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I am T2 on insulin. I have had lows into the 30s. I keep glucose tablets everywhere. Both cars, purse, house, DDs. They don't spoil, easy to store and access. Or leak. They are a measured amount of fast acting glucose. And don't taste good enough to be used for a snack. 3 tablets are 15 grams of carb.

The American Diabetes Association recommends for treating lows, 15 grams of carb, wait 15 min. Test. If not up to 70, 15 more grams of carb.. When at 70, follow with a substantial snack or meal.

I know it's hard to be patient and not eat the entire pantry, if you do, you will spike high and then need to treat the high, which is difficult because you still feel crappy from the low.

It's hard sometimes to manage, do call his doc and keep him informed.

Your DH sounds like a sweetie.
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what a scare ! glad he is ok.
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Terry, in all the years my mom had type 2 diabetes a doctor never told her that. You are a wonderful wife and your husband knows that! He's lucky to have you!
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I am T2 on insulin. I have had lows into the 30s. I keep glucose tablets everywhere. Both cars, purse, house, DDs. They don't spoil, easy to store and access. Or leak. They are a measured amount of fast acting glucose. And don't taste good enough to be used for a snack. 3 tablets are 15 grams of carb.

The American Diabetes Association recommends for treating lows, 15 grams of carb, wait 15 min. Test. If not up to 70, 15 more grams of carb.. When at 70, follow with a substantial snack or meal.

I know it's hard to be patient and not eat the entire pantry, if you do, you will spike high and then need to treat the high, which is difficult because you still feel crappy from the low.

It's hard sometimes to manage, do call his doc and keep him informed.

Your DH sounds like a sweetie.
You are so right that is hard to wait that 15 mins when so low and I see him with tremors and acting 'drunk" for want of a better word and yes soo important to follow up with a longer lasting 'snack' once an acceptable reading with the 'quick-fix". He did eventually go up to 145 which is a bit on the higher range but it came back down to normal awhile later. I'd rather he be a little high for a few hours than that 'too-low' even for short time. Getting him to eat something is hard... he says he can't ..not hungry! However, was able to get some in him.
We were never told just how much ( in grams) of 'sugar' to give... just to give OJ with a teaspoon of sugar and wait the 15 mins and re-test. After his first large glass of OJ /with sugar he had only gone from 44 to 47...that did scare me.
Will get some of the glucose tabs... those weren't suggested to us either.

The Karo is about 10 grams sugar per tablespoon. The 'teaspoon' I used was a bit more than a 'measuring-teaspoon' but not a tablespoon, but he had already had the OJ with the reg sugar and I thought that might 'kick-in' along with the Karo. As you stated, I didn't want him to spike way high either. However I didn't know what the recommended grams was... just followed my 'gut".
MY MIL was a type 2...started out diet controlled...then to oral meds and eventually to insulin. My hubby seems to be following this same pattern. I dread if he has to go to the insulin. MY MIL showed symptoms of 'low' at about 70... she'd get cold and clammy, get disoriented etc. My husband doesn't show any indication till he is in the 40s. ( At least with both episodes he's had, he showed nothing till in 40s)
I don't think unless one is a diabetic or lives with one just how 'difficult' the disease is and how dangerous it can be when readings go to either end of the ranges. For the most part diabetics 'go about their business' , appearing unaffected and 'normal'.... and 'outsiders' just don't realize.
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Great thinking on your part! I have hypoglycemia (and food allergies) and so I can easily drop into the 30's if I'm not careful. I have to eat every 2 hours - non negotiable. We have those little fruit cups of peaches in cars, purses etc. I also have glucose tabs in my purse. It is an awful feeling when your sugar drops and even scarier if you are unaware until its very low. Your DH was very blessed to have you with him!
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