I m starting to feel like a bit of an idiot because I ve been consulting this forum for so many BG issues lately, constantly asking you all to hold my 34year old hand; I wish I d have more courage to figure out some of this stuff myself, but I guess I just need a few more experiences to go on. So for now, I would like to ask once more for some much needed advice:
I have been on a low dose of basal (3 units Lantus before bed) for a few days now, my BG patterns have drastically changed since I caught the flu a week ago, so nothing works anymore like before.
Today I had dinner and bolused 2 units, which has been whats needed since my cold. I was in bed for a week, so have had NO exercise at all, but today after dinner I had to go out.
I bolused, measured an hour later and had only gone up to 112, (from 99 before food) still having almost my whole 2 units on board. I left the house and walked for about 10 minutes to the bus stop, measured again and had dropped rapidly to 70 mg/dl.
Since my diagnosis I only really had 2 lows, so you ll have to forgive me for what happened next. I saw the 70 on my metre and...panicked. Which led me to accidently drop my metre into my VERY unorganised, huge handbag. The bus came, I got in and rummaged through the bag like a crazy bag lady while at the same time feeding myself with 3 (!) glucose tabs, each one consisting of 10 g of carbs. (I know!)
But because I was dropping so fast and started feeling shaky and couldnt find my metre I thought I d rather over-than under treat.
Which is why after I had finished with the glucose and still couldnt find my metre I topped it off with a muesli bar (15g carbs). ( I KNOW!)
When I got to my stop I jumped out the bus, I sat on the ice cold floor and tipped out my bag, while swearing. (Once again, I know...)
FINALLY I found the metre, measured and was 90, then 120, and half an hour later 210. Well done.
So I over-reacted, I know that. But I am just still so completely unexperienced to how a low will behave itself, and that fast drop from only walking 10 mins really threw me off.
Why did I drop so fast? Did this have something to do with having been so inactive the weeks before? How much lower could I ve dropped? How do I know if I need 1, 2, or 4 glucose tabs, and if I should also have additional longer acting carbs like a muesli bar? Aaarrggh, I m so overwhelmed by all this right now!!
Your handholding would be VERY much appreciated ;)