The other day on Facebook I somehow managed to start a really long discussion about glucose tablets. I had written a status update about how I woke up with the zacklies (one of the very first posts I ever wrote) from a 2am low fixed with grape Dex tablets.
The thread of comments about glucose tabs got me to thinking. I'm not sure I've really written about fixing lows and the different preferences that people have.
Let me tell you my quack-assed thoughts on it.
I've gone through my phases over the years. When I was on MDI's (injections for those not in the "know") I would have nasty lows all night every night. Before I went to bed I would literally swig honey, chocolate syrup, table syrup... etc. directly from the container. Eventually I would gag after drinking an entire bottle of honey in a week. Thank god for the pump!! For the longest time I avoided Dex (glucose tablets) like the plague. They just made me gag. Over the years, other things just became a hassle.
What I do now is mostly simple. Depending on the low of course. For this purpose it's a crashing low. Like, I need sugar now because a banana is going to take too long kind of low. I am a Dex user. *GASP*. I know it sounds weird right? A diabetic using glucose tabs to treat a low? I'm just joking but it sure seems like not a lot of people use them. Probably because they're disgusting. I don't blame them.
Well, I use glucose tablets. I usually have juice boxes at home or at my desk at work but I don't always use them or replace them when they're gone. I find glucose tablets work the best and are the fastest. They are totally transportable and nearly indestructible in all kinds of weather. Sometimes I'll do anything to avoid using the Dex but other times I just give in to the nasty chalk. Keep in mind this is only for nasty lows. I try to use food like fruit wherever possible. Yeah, they taste like shit and too many of them make me gag but they are so easy and idiot proof. I learned recently that I should definitely not put 4 in my mouth at the same time. 1-good, 2-okay, 3-not really, 4-nearly puke.
So, I often use Dex tabs. Sometimes I use rockets. I used to carry those giant rockets in my travel dex case but I learned (again the difficult way) that rockets aren't the best. They crumble and I choke. When my mouth isn't working properly, the Dex will at least dissolve quickly. Like when I fall asleep with one in my mouth.
The best part? I rarely over-treat because I hate them so much. I pull out 4 tablets and tell myself, "you ONLY need to eat 4, c'mon, you can do it." I keep Dex beside my bed so I'm not crawling into the kitchen and inevitably leaving a sticky mess of juice on the counter, my clothes, in bed and inside my slippers. Yeah, I spilled juice one night inside my slippers. They are still stained. You would be surprised at how difficult it is to drink a juice box as an adult. In the dark. Hypoglycemic. Half asleep. It happens!
The common flavours are Orange, Rasberry, Watermelon and Grape. For me, the Grape are my least hated. I won't touch Orange because it reminds me of the first couple years of diagnosis with those big square BD nasties. Rasberry seems to be one of the most hated among T1's. The watermelon is the second least hated with me. Someone on the thread mentioned that you can now get Sour Apple in the big container from Costco! This excited me very much.
When I'm in the states I usually pop into Walgreen's for a mixed container. They have coconut, sour apple and cherry in them. Those bottles don't last long though. I use them up fast.
It's interesting what we use, what we can tolerate and how we are all so different.
So the question is, what do YOU use for a bad low and what is your Dex flavour preference?