{Our Story} Low, Low, Loooow

by Leighann on June 20, 2012

Q’s creative movement class allowed family to observe and participate during the last class of the session.

As an aside, earlier in the week Q had told me that “It’s not a dance class. We don’t dance, we learn how to move through space.”

When we arrived at the studio I realized she hadn’t had her pre-exercise snack yet. I called her back over to check her blood sugar quickly before rejoining the kids for their free movement time. Being not even two hours since breakfast I expected her to be in the high 100’s, maybe even low 200’s since insulin and carbs don’t ways peak at the same time. To say I was surprised by her blood sugar is an understatement.

She was 42.


She sucked down a juice box and then I had her eat an organic fruit twist. I reduced her basal rate by about 20% though I considered suspending insulin delivery for the entire one hour class.

What’s strange is that she was asymptomatic. She didn’t feel low, didn’t feel shaky or wobbly, and didn’t feel HUNGRY. Nothing.

It was good that it was family participation day, because normally my husband or I sit in the hall. Though I am sure we could have sat in the classroom if we needed to. She continued on with the class as if she had never been low.

Do your children ever have really low blood sugars like this?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen Janofsky June 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

YES! We have experienced bad lows with no symptoms and almost always (without fail) it’s when Grace is preoccupied with an activity (like Q) and super excited about an event (like a field trip or birthday party). But other times, like with a 65, she feels like the world is ending.


2 Cara June 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

I have lows like that occasionally. Sometimes if I’m really busy, I miss all the symptoms. I’m not sure if it’s that my body is too busy dealing with other things to throw in the low symptoms or if it’s just because I’ve had diabetes for so long….


3 Tim Brand June 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

My girls are bad at feeling there lows, its scary.


4 Cobi June 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

YES! My daughter is asymptomatic almost ALWAYS and she never reports *feeling* low. She can be playing either quietly or running around and look/feel totally normal but test below 50. Let’s just say I’m “vigilant”. LOL…


5 Lisa June 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

YES, Zane has gone into the 40’s and 50’s quite a few times, with absolutely no symptoms and it doesn’t help that he can’t identify his lows anyway, but usually I can tell by how he’s acting – but scary when I don’t notice anything out of the ordinary.


6 Denise aka Mom of Bean June 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Hate those lows that they don’t feel!! Thankfully it’s not very often for Bean and the ones she tends to not feel are in the 60s.


7 K June 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Yep…had a 39 at the park once. Quite scary. Luckily that was a one-time thing…other lows have been in 50’s-60’s range. And yes, activity seems to be what drops her the fastest.


8 K June 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Oh…and that was while we were still on injections.


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