I recently came into contact with a gentleman who started having some type of reaction at our condo. I learned upon meeting him that he had Type 2 Diabetes and reviewed with my husband the signs and symptoms of low and high blood sugar. On the second day, this gentleman started having some dizziness upon standing and had to sit down. Luckily, I had a couple of sample glucose meters around as he did not have his. It took me a minute to find them after assessing how he was feeling. So, after finding the meter and gathering the supplies, I took his blood sugar to find out that it was around 190. Prior to that, I did give him a little bit (4 ounces) of juice as it is better to treat low blood sugar if you are not sure. When treating diabetes, you want to try to be specific as possible.
The gentleman did share with me that he wanted to drive and go home to take his blood sugar. Let me tell you, you should not drive or be under the wheel of any vehicle when you do not know what is going on with your body. Many of accidents have happened while those diagnosed with diabetes driving and having a blood sugar reaction. Also, your blood sugar meter will not do you any good if it is at home, and you are not. What good is your glucometer (blood sugar meter) if it cannot do the job it was meant to do because you left it at home? Also make sure you read the instructions and safety messages regarding meter as you are supposed to store it away from extreme temperatures, and this would mean leaving it in the car in the summer as well as the winter.
With many companies offering free meters, there should be no reason not to have an extra blood sugar meter with you at all times while you have been diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Truly, especially if you have been diagnosed with diabetes for several years and/or it is not controlled, many times your body does not send you the same symptoms it would when your blood sugars are low or high. This can definitely happen when you have nerve damage. Nerves are what helps to send your body messages including to the brain.
Be safe. You can still have a quality life with the diagnosis of diabetes. Check out your local diabetes organization http://www.diabetes.org/. If you live in the Columbus/Canal Winchester location, check out this site for assistance that could be available including diabetes classes http://diabetesohio.org/
Until next time,
Timika Chambers RN BSN MSN CDE
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