They act weird when their blood sugar is out of balance - page 2

My first nurse teacher in high school told us about diabetic patients who act strange when their blood sugar is too high or too low. With no experience I could not be sure what she meant. I... Read More

  1. Visit  mmc51264} profile page
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    I have a son who is Type 1. He gets aggressive when he is low, he is also getting better about expressing his lows. It used to be oppposite, but as he has gotten older, he can be in the 300s and act fine. He is 9 now, so we are trying to get him to realize he can't let himself get that high (he sneaks food-whole 'nother story there!).

    I carry his kit with me and I have tested a person at church who fainted.

    The glucometer is one of the first things I grab when I have someone who has changes in mental status.
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  3. Visit  CDEWannaBe} profile page
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    Quote from mmc51264
    I have a son who is Type 1. He gets aggressive when he is low, he is also getting better about expressing his lows. It used to be oppposite, but as he has gotten older, he can be in the 300s and act fine. He is 9 now, so we are trying to get him to realize he can't let himself get that high (he sneaks food-whole 'nother story there!).

    I carry his kit with me and I have tested a person at church who fainted.

    The glucometer is one of the first things I grab when I have someone who has changes in mental status.
    Diabetes is always changing, isn't it? Guess that keeps things exciting.

    I was diagnosed when I was 4 and am 40 now. Complication-free and live a fairly normal life.

    Make sure not to limit your son's diet. That's usually what leads to sneaking food and why type 1s are prone to eating disorders. Try to feed him as normally as possible and learn to bolus for what is eaten. Does your son use an insulin pump?
  4. Visit  mmc51264} profile page
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    That is the frustrating part!! We have never told him he can't eat anything. He actually is a brave eater-he'll try anything I give him. We just tell to PLEASE give himself insulin.He does have a pump which makes life so much easier.
  5. Visit  mlbluvr} profile page
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    That's the beauty of diabetes- no two sufferers act alike when either crashing or their sugars are sky high. The beauty is that it keeps you on your toes, and increases your assessment skills, since so many things other than an actual sugar reading can alert you to a potentially serious or even lethal event. It's insidious, for sure.
  6. Visit  Saiderap} profile page
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    I heard a rumor about someone who had a temper fit and vandalized their workplace when someone interrupted their lunch break before they had a chance to eat.

    After a while I started to wonder if their blood glucose was low and if this was part of what set off a temper fit.

    I was not there when this happened but I still think with a case like this one, boundaries are a big issue.

    This person was used to being in control and never gave consent for anyone to take care of him and also never lost consciousness.
  7. Visit  FutureCRNA?} profile page
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    Quote from mmc51264
    He is 9 now, so we are trying to get him to realize he can't let himself get that high (he sneaks food-whole 'nother story there!).
    Just curious, I know he's only 9, but does he have an insulin to carb ratio? That way food doesn't have to be "snuck", just accounted for in the dosing.
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    Oops sorry, didn't see the other response before I opened my big mouth


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