Lately I’ve been in discussions of lows and their fixes.
I average at LEAST 1 low BG per day. Some days it’s 5, some
days it’s none (that’s rare). Most days it’s at least one but more often more.
There are different KINDS of lows too. Fast acting slippity slide down the
rabbit hole lows. Slow sneaky stealthy lows. Either way, once they have my
properties melting a low is a low is a low. I could be in the 3’s (50-70) or
2’s (36-50) and occasionally even the 1’s (18-36).
Is this too many? Depends who you ask. I would always rather
be low than high because lows are quickly fixed and highs can take forever.
Yeah they feel worse initially but the feeling I get from high BG is one I’d
rather OD on insulin in order to avoid. It’s like climbing a hill. Would you
rather get to the top the shortest steepest route or the longest slowest route?
Bunny hill vs. double black diamond? I guess you could say I’m a risk taker. A
chronic over-doser? Yeah, probably.
I am a big fan of glucose tablets.
They taste horrible, have a terrible chalky texture and are
more expensive than candy. Sure there are flavours I favour more than others but they all taste nasty no matter what.
Sounds wonderful right? Mmmm.... mmm... mm.
There seems to be a divide in the diabetes community with
people who use glucose tablets and those who refuse. I don’t really care what
other people use but I’ve been asked why I use something as nasty as Dex.
Well, they’re easy to use, first of all. I know if I can
just get 4 of them in that’s 16g of carbs. It doesn’t matter if I am half
asleep or totally awake, eventually they will dissolve in my mouth. When I go
low (especially lately for some reason) my whole mouth and tongue go numb.
Chewing and swallowing become strenuous and difficult. With Dex I *chomp
chomp* a couple times and then wait for it to dissolve. I also get what I
call my “push puppet” scully where I completely lose all ability to hold myself
upright. I can’t use muscles and that includes the ones in my jaw. I literally
turn to mush when I’m low.
Dex packs a good glucose punch. It provides - according to
their website – the exact sugar (d-glucose) your cells need for energy and
quick relief from symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Now, I don’t know what the fuck d-glucose is but I’m sure is
Any way… they are fast. Nothing I’ve used fixes my lows
faster than Dex. They aren’t full of chemicals and artificial ingredients which
a lot of real candy has. Most importantly? It’s impossible for me to over-treat
a low because glucose tablets taste like SHIT and I’m never tempted to eat them
if I wasn’t low.
I know a lot of people use lows to sometimes have a tasty
treat. I prefer a nasty fix I guess. I’m not usually in the right mindset to
enjoy anything so it ends up being a waste of something good. Sure there are
times I have juice boxes (only while at home) but because I have such a hard
time chewing and swallowing while low, that omits most options. I also use
bananas sometimes if the low is fairly… low key… get it? HA!
So any way… I use Dex, like, a lot.
I wish this was a review and I was getting free samples.
Sadly, it is not. I buy all my own Dex out-of-pocket thankyouverymuch.