Do you carry Glucagon on a daily basis?


#1

Do you carry Glucagon with you on a daily basis?

  • Yes
  • No

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#2

No, but I do keep it in my kit at home for emergencies. Nowadays I am good enough at sensing when my BG’s are low that I can just treat them myself but the danger for me has always been when I’m asleep. When I was a kid I carried it everywhere and I needed it frequently. I do still take it with me when I am traveling though since that is the most likely time for my BG’s to be erratic.


#3

I keep soft drinks that contain sugar in the door of my car… I also carry a gel pack that contains 15 grams of fast acting carbs. The gel packs can also be carried in a pocket since they are small and flat. No glucagon.


#4

I don’t carry glucagon with me wherever I go, since I don’t think there’s any chance someone else could use it to help me. I live alone and there’s no one with me regularly who might take on that role.

I do keep two glucagon kits at home for me to use if I need them. I’ve been able to restore my hypo awareness so my body gives me natural symptoms. I use a CGM and also have a hypo-alert dog. I think I’ve addressed severe hypo prevention well enough.

Now that I am consuming fewer than 30 grams of carbohydrates per day, my insulin usage has gone down. I often take less than 25 units per day. This means that I don’t run high insulin on board numbers and my risk of a severe hypo is very small.

I will carry glucagon with me when they come out with a pen that can dose small quantities – mini-glucs.


#5

I carry Skittles which is all I normally need when my bg’s drop. When we hike, my wife has Glucagon with her for that “one in a million chance it’s needed”. When we travel by plane we have it on hand. I don’t carry batteries, sets, insulin, etc, when I’m in town. I MIGHT take a pen if I’m going out of town. I just don’t worry about all that paraphernalia that much. I know what is most necessary and what is optional.


#6

No, not on a daily basis. But when I’m traveling overseas I carry one and I make sure my wife is carrying the other. Sort of an abundance of caution.


#7

I attended an event for a glucagon product, and their research showed that less than 20% of people who based on the ADA and clinicians perspective should own a glucagon kit.

It was a fascinating conversation and other attendees shared why they do not own one; the main reason was price, followed by what @Terry4 said, in case of an emergency people won’t know how to use it.

The mini doses of glucagon look VERY promising; I’m looking forward to that.


#8

As a child, glucagon was always in the fridge, and was used periodically for wicked nighttime lows. This was 50+ years ago, long before home glucose blood tests, and decades prior to anyone thinking of CGM.

Nowadays, like @Terry4, I also live alone, and I’m on an ultra-low carb diet and can rely on CGM and alarms. I have Dex4 tabs everywhere - bedside, in the car, throughout my house.

I’m far safer now than at any time in the past.


#9

Any Glucotab is, IMO, too expensive. Try Skittles–1 carb each and purchased in the large bags at Walmart, etc, are SO CHEAP.


#10

I don’t carry it daily for reasons others have stated… I wouldn’t be able to use it on myself if I was low, and I don’t have any spouse or significant other who might know how to use it. Like @Terry4, I do have two kits at home in case I ever wanted to mini-dose it. I always intend o try this when I have a prolonged low (I have some lows that can last for hours), but in the moment I always forget. I have trained a few friends and I do take it with me when travelling, even when travelling alone.

I’ve always had pretty bad hypo unawareness and, surprisingly, having a CGM has not changed that. I get early warning if the CGM is working and accurate, but otherwise I can test and not believe a result of 2.3 mmol/L because I feel fine. As a kid, before MDI and pumps and CGMs, this led to numerous severe lows, but my parents always ent for the squirting-glucose-get-in-cheek over the glucagon kit. At the time, the school refused to administer it as well.

When they come out with an autoinjector, I’ll carry that around on a daily basis. Ditto with the mini-dose pens when they become available.


#11

I would eat skittles uncontrollably if they were on my nightstand Dave.

As far as car, we have extremes in temperature where I live, so for 6 months of the year the skittles would be -25C mini-hockey pucks, and much of the rest of year would melt in unbearable heat.

Thanks, but I’ll stick to the Dex4 (not really expensive here)


#12

I’ve never had a glucagon kit, let alone carry one with me on a daily basis. I’m not very hypo aware, either. That may be at least partially due to being on three medications all known for masking symptoms. At this stage I typically don’t notice even a faint symptom that I might be low until I’m down in the low 40s mg/dl or into the 30s. A couple of times I’ve had lows of 31, and though I wouldn’t have been able to do complex mathematical computations at that level, at least I was competent enough to handle finding something with sugar to treat.

Part of the reason I think I feel so little concern about lows is that I don’t think my BG drops as quickly as some people experience it. If, for example, I find myself really high and inject enough insulin for a correction plus for the next meal, then wait before eating, I may find it takes over an hour or 90 minutes for my BG to drop 80-100 points. And I don’t worry much about going low in the night. I tend to wake up every couple of hours anyway and can check my BG easily now that I have a CGM. And I limit my eating and insulin dose before bed to amounts that are unlikely to give me troubles sooner than in two hours if I’ve missed my dose by a bit.

I don’t low-carb, either. In fact now that I’m desperately trying to gain weight from my low of 101 pounds, I sometimes eat as much as 180 grams carb a day.


#13

No but i travel with it.


#14

ah. I never eat them for “fun”. And they are the only flavor that I can stand: Wild Berry.


#15

No, I don’t carry it with me. I went almost 25 years without it. My parents always had it because back than it was life saving a few times. Better safe than sorry was their motto. And that would save an emergency room trip.
But after I moved out, it really fell off my radar. I did have it when I was having my children and my husband knew how to use it, but after I felt it wasn’t necessary. I did finally get another one last year due to a clinical trial and it was suggested to have one. It will probably just sit there because with a CGM, it is probably not necessary.
I also use glucose tablets because I am not strong willed enough to not eat candy. So I use Glucolift tablets in great flavors, cherry, orange cream and wild berry.


#16

I have other items that I carry with me. My husband only uses glucagon when I’m not responding to him. I get extremely the few times we’ve used it, so that’s something I DON"T like nor want to use.


#17

You get extremely WHAT? High? nauseous?


#18

don’t carry soda in the car-I had a mini can in my glove compartment, which exploded during the summer-what a mess, and 18 months later, the compartment door still sticks! I do have Mike and Ikes in the car for emergencies, and always have carbs in my purse, but I do carry glucagon as well.


#19

No. I carry glucose tablets with me at all times, have glucose tablets in the car and by my bed.


#20

I once had to remove the solidified remnants of a can of Hawaiian Punch from behind the seat of my car. Being such a thin aluminum can, a hole had worn through it by rubbing against the sharp metal frame of the seat. Not knowing of the leak, it dried over the course of time and I discovered it long after it had dried. It isn’t easy removing 8 oz of solidified Hawaiian Punch, let me tell you. That was an object lesson I took to heart–no more using liquid carbs for emergency rations.