How LOW have you gone?

Seems like a typo but for the life of me, I can’t picture the intended words! What say you, Rick?

Nope no typo, my blood sugar was 18 and I was naked on the floor. Imagine waking up with six fireman in my bedroom with my wife. I said, “wow, I pass out and my wife invites six fireman to our bedroom did I miss the party or was I the party”? Apparently, I was the party, at least that is what they said.


Mine was down to a 21 before was at the Casino trying to get something with sugar in it to bring my blood sugar back up I started beating up a table with my face, EMS was called I went to the ER all they did was bring me a sandwich and released me I had to go back to the ER several time my blood sugar would not go back up like it should…

I’ve been in the low 30s several times, the lowest was 30, and I was able to self correct each time.

Some of you have seen me mention it before, but a relative of a friend of mine was found unresponsive one morning by her boyfriend. He took her BG and got 31. When the parameds arrived, they also took her BG with the same result. She was in a coma from which she never recovered. So while some might survive a BG far lower, not all do. I’m sure there are many aspects of one’s health, including one’s heart, that influence how much the body can take.

depends, most will die before that, but experiments on ketogenic pigs, took their BG down to 0 and they were asymptomatic.
On a ketogenic human trial they took the BG down to 18 and were asymptomatic.

I think the takeaway from this is, there is some protection to a low bg, with being in a ketogenic state. Where the brain uses ketones for fuel and goes along quite happily…You need to monitor your BG more closely to stay above 70, because of altered hypo symptoms,

35 is our lowest…strangely, he was playing/active and didn’t even seem to notice. You better believe, though, he quickly consumed 1/2 box of juice! lol

one time, quite soon after diagnosis, i went running in the park. i started feeling nauseous and thought, oh no, maybe im high, the nurses at the diabetes clinic said that was a sign of being high! i kept running and said to myself that when i got to the next bench, i would stop and take my bg if i still felt bad. it was 40. and i thought i was high. ametuer.
another time when i was running in the park, i got low, didnt know what it was, didnt have meter with me, and i got so frustrated with my mp3 player-couldnt get madonna to stop playing in my low brain-fog-that i threw it on the ground and stomped on it. i went home and emptied the fridge.


I loved it when I was in the grocery store one time and I plummeted to a crazy low, and started to chow on everything in the aisle without any thought. Eventually I came back up. The look on the cashier’s face as she rang-up about $50 worth of consumed food and drinks was priceless. :joy:


That is a classic very-low blood glucose scenario for me. I get distracted by some project, any project, and find I can’t solve even the easiest puzzle. (I can’t believe I can’t get this to work!) That should set off the alarm in me but the last thing my impaired brain thinks about is the obvious, whether or not I might be low!


Back in the clear and cloudy days I passed out and had seizures in my sleep a few times. I was young and my dad tells me it was like something out of the exorcist. I remember once waking up with my dad forcing glucose tabs and juice in my mouth, dirty and sticky. He then was going to let me sleep in his bed with him and I promptly threw up all over his bed. I am very grateful to all that my parents did for me and dealt with!


I’m not sure how low I was but, I passed out last week for the first time ever. I always wear a CGM but, I didn’t have it on at the time because it was charging so, I didn’t get a low BG alert. I remember trying to test and before I could get blood on the test strip I passed out and woke up on the bathroom floor with my little dog licking my hands. Years ago my lowest was 23.

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I had a blood sugar of 10 due to a malfunctioning insulin pump. I almost passed away.


My lowest was 30, and I was very, very symptomatic. I felt drunk, was shaking so bad I couldn’t retest, I was sweating profusely and had a sudden, overwhelming need to eat. After testing, I knew something was wrong but I couldn’t help myself. I suspect it went lower than 30 before I was able to eat.

But other times I’ve been around 40 without any symptoms.

For me, and I suspect many others, symptoms develop when I’m falling fast vs. a gradual decline. If I go from 110 to 70 in a few minutes, I’m really feeling it. But if I don’t eat and the fall is gradual, the only way I know I’m low is the CGM.

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I’m sorry to hear this happened to you!

This illustrates yet another reason to switch to Dexcom: no need to go CGM-less while charging your transmitter. Yes, there is the two-hour “blind spot” after changing or restarting a sensor, but (if I’m not mistaken) this doesn’t involve as much total down time as does recharging the Medtronic. Someone please correct me if I have this wrong. Plus with Dexcom, you don’t need to remember to re-attach the transmitter after charging; you keep the transmitter snapped into the sensor if you are re-starting it after a week is up, or you immediately snap it into the new sensor when you place a new sensor.

@rgcainmd The Medtronic sensor takes two hours to charge also. I see no reason to switch since I’ve been having good luck with the Enlites. But, thanks anyway.

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22 one time…passed out in the locker room at work of all the places :slight_smile:

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I can see by the way I worded my response at one point in my post that I implied that the Dexcom transmitter requires charging. They (the transmitter and sensor both) actually do not ever need to be recharged. The transmitter simply dies when its allotted 102 days or so are up (for the Dexcom G5, 90 days plus a “grace period” the length of which I don’t recall off-hand). I always have a new replacement transmitter on hand because, for better or worse, I have come to depend on my daughter’s Dexcom, and, knock on wood, it hasn’t let us down yet.

I am happy to hear that your Medtronic CGM serves you well. I can’t imagine going back to only knowing my daughter’s BG with a fingerstick!

40 in ~2007 and I remember calling 911 and eating a spoonful of sugar and felt like I was dying. I felt horrible. I did not know one could still be conscious at 10-20 although each person reacts differently.

I’ve been in the 30s and 20s a bunch of times. Many of those have been without feeling it. Once I saw 30 on my sensor for over an hour, and was convinced that it couldn’t be true because I didn’t feel it. When I finally got around to testing it, I was somewhat shocked.

The lowest number I remember is 24, when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I came into my father’s room and told him I didn’t feel well, so he tested me and then gave me like 5 juice boxes.
The lowest number I’ve been (according to my cousin) was 19.

The only time I’ve had EMS called for me, they told me I was 30. That was a very rapid fall; I was rage bolusing for hours with a sensor that was 200 points off without calibrating it at all (oops).

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Thanks for all the info… I may give Dexcom a try one day since I have heard many people love it. But, I’m really waiting on Medtronic’s 670G.

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