Sunday, October 14, 2007

What is it like when your child has low blood sugar? How do they feel, what do they do? What do they say? How do they say it feels?

9 comments:

Paige said...

Unfortunately, Olivia doesn't often seem to feel them she is really low; she rarely tells us. Sometimes she gets weepy; sometimes she is combative; occasionally she acts hyper and out of it.

Jamie said...

Danielle just tells us now. We've trained her over the past 2 years to say "low" when she feels like that so now she can convey that to us ... BUT (here's the confusing part ... at least to me), she will say she's low when she's really high (in the 20's) and will say she's low when she's just plain ol' thirsty and will also say she's low when she is active, running around and gets all sweated up (being sweaty makes her think she's low).

I always test, none the less, when she comes forward to tell me she's low - regardless of what the outcome is on the glucose monitor. I'd say 80% of the time, the little fart is correct though.

Another indicator is that she gets weepy and fights with Brooke a lot when her sugars get low. Not always an indicator though cause they fight regularly (can't blame the sugars on sibling rivalry) - but it is noticeable when she's not feeling right.

Jamie said...

I mean, can't blame the sibling rivalry on the sugar.

Had a brain fart there.

Chris said...

Thanks. I am asking this because Emma's symptoms are interchangable with each other. Obviously you know why i am asking this. Very good to know how others see how thier children feel and to know directly from a diabetic feels. We are lucky to have this tool to communicate. Totally awesome i hope to get more comments on this one today.

Anonymous said...

My son Alex (6) now says he feels low. Sometimes, he plugs his nose and pretends to swim deep!!! Maybe feels like he is in a deep dark swim hole. He sometimes gets hyper and says he feels all "hip hoppy". Also, his legs get shaky. He's had D since 7/7/06 and we are lucky that 99% of the time he will catch a low aroung 50 or 60.

Shannon said...

When Brendon was much younger, he would become very quiet when he was low. This was a sign that I and his preschool teachers picked up on considering he's typically a chatter box.

Occasionally he'd tell me he was low and so I checked him no matter whether I thought he was or not.

As he got older and now, he gets very frustrated and unable to keep his temper in check.

I've asked him what he feels like when he's low and he said sometimes he's really tired or has a stomach ache.

maria said...

Because he's six he just tells me and we're ok. The rare time he gets very shakey and cries. He's not even able to check his blood himself. This is the only time I am really scared.
Beware in the future of "fake lows". He learned very fast that he could have a goody if he was low. Soon after that didn't work anymore he learned to scroll through to a past low to trick me. That didn't work long either when his next level was through the roof.

Lisa said...

Isabelle sometimes tells us when she is low. Usually I can tell when she is a little out of it. By out of it I mean she is kind of zoned out, not really paying attention to anything and kind of glazed over looking. She also tells me that she is tired a lot or worn out.

Hope that helps

Lisa said...

Whoops...I forgot to say that she gets very emotional when she is low (and high). She totally looses control and is often yelling and screaming. I have gotten into the habit of always checking her when she has crazy behaviour.