When Low Blood Sugar Strikes: Hypoglycemia and Diabetes

I’ve only been diagnosed with Diabetes  for about 8 months.  I’m happy to say I have it pretty much under control with just watching my diet and some Metformin. My A1c went from 10.9 to 5.9, and I am well on my way to hopefully  becoming non-diabetic soon.  The truth is that I’ve become slightly complacent about my sugar. I’m not testing as much, I’m not really watching everything I put in my mouth,  but I’m doing ok.  That’s why, when I had a diabetic issue last night, it took me by surprise and  thankfully, I realized what was happening. Hypoglycemia and Diabetes are no joke!

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We had gone to my nephew Matthew’s college graduation party. It was a fabulous outdoor barbeque filled with great people I don’t get to see enough of.  There was also lots of food, and lots of liquor flowing.  As I walked around talking to people,  I sipped a glass of wine. What I didn’t realize was that my  glass had been refilled by a helpful friend, and then I was asked to do a shot (or two or three) with some of my family members.  Then it was time for cake, and wow, there was a table FULL of all the super yummy stuff I don’t usually eat.   I had a small piece of cake and 2 small squares of fudge.   It was a fabulous party, and we had a great time. But I wasn’t careful about what I was eating and drinking at all.


We have an hours ride home from my sisters house.  I was fine the whole way home, just tired.  We got home, I did a few things and then I went to bed. At about 1am I woke up .I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I needed a drink of water. I had a terrible headache, and I was so shaky!  I knew I had a few drinks, but I didn’t think it would have affected me so badly.  I grabbed my phone to see what time it was, and my vision was blurry.  I was anxious, and wondering if I should wake up my husband when I had a thought:  Could it be my blood sugar?

I went to my desk where I keep my testing supplies and quickly pricked my finger. Yup. That was it. My glucose level was 65.  I got scared, and I knew I had to get my sugar level rising quickly. I was headed to the kitchen for some honey when I saw a box of stuff sent to me by Level Foods last week. Level Foods makes low sugars foods for diabetics.   I grabbed a Glucose gel tube , a green apple one, and quickly ate it.  Yes, it was sweet, yes it tasted like green apple but most importantly, it quickly helped my blood sugar rise.  I sat up for a while until my glucose levels were in the high 90’s, and went back to bed.

This was the second time I’ve experienced  Hypoglycemia. I should have  realized that the alcohol, along with the sweets would cause a big blood sugar spike but just as importantly, a HUGE drop in glucose levels. The thing is, it’s hard NOT to become complacent when I’m pretty good at controlling my sugars usually.   Diabetes can be a real jerk.  Even when you think you have it under control, it can rear it’s sneaky little head and mess with you.

I was very thankful to have the Level Foods things here in the house. My Dad had told me to try different diabetic friendly foods when I was first diagnosed. I did, and to be honest, most of them tasted terrible!  I agreed to try Level Foods hoping that they would be different.  I haven’t had a chance to try the snacks or treats, but my teens snuck a peanut butter cup and  said it was good.  They are super picky so I know it was more than great, and didn’t taste like “diabetic friendly” food at all.    I’ll be honest, I agreed to try them because I wanted to see if my Dad, who is a insulin dependent diabetic would like them. I was supplied with a few samples of Level Foods items to try, but was under no obligation to review them.  I was thankful to have that glucose when I needed it. I’m sharing my honest opinion of the products, and I can say that I will happily keep some in my house, and some in my bag in the car.  And I’ll send some to my Dad, who struggles with his love of sweet foods and keeping his diabetes under control.

I also won’t underestimate my diabetes again.

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  1. Carolann June 14, 2015
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