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Diana55
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   Posted 3/14/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Need some info –

My mother, who is 91 years old, thinks she is having problems with her blood sugar.   When she has her blood work done, the doctor tells her that she is borderline diabetic and that she should just watch what she is eating.  She lives in a high-rise with other senior citizens and, of course, they all talk about their aches and pains.  She was having problems with dizziness last Fall and was sure it was her blood-sugar.  As it turned out, it was her thyroid and once they changed her medication she was ok.  Now, she is starting to have problems again.  She says she wakes up in the morning dizzy and very hungry.  Is that a symptom of Diabetes?  She eats 5 or 6 small means a day – just not a big eater anymore so waking up hungry makes sense.

 

Thanks of any input!!


Phishbowl
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   Posted 3/14/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Diana,
I've been on thyroid meds for 20+ years and whenever I've had a change to my dosage, I was tested at the 3 month mark to see where levels were at. It takes 8-12 weeks for the meds to take full effect so they usually like to see if they're on the right track every few months as necessary until stable. Have they tested her again?

The dizzyness could stem from any number of things. Maybe a bedtime snack would help ( a few cheese and crackers or apple)? Sounds like an appointment might be in order to see where things are at and to get some peace of mind. It must be around the 3-month mark, anyway, yes?

I'm one who likes to know what's going on, even when I know I might not like the results :-) Good luck and I hope she gets things checked out.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


Diana55
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   Posted 3/14/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for you response!

 

Yes, she was tested last month and they feel like they have her Thyroid back up to where is should be.  I have mentioned to her that maybe some carbs and protein before bed – crackers and cheese, oatmeal, peanut butter sandwich, etc.  I also got her a little book that she can start writing down everything she eats.  We got her a blood sugar monitor but she is having problems using it.  She has arthritis in her hands and sometimes just can’t get them to function the way she wants.  I’m going to try and start working with her to use it – have it ready for her and then we can monitor what her levels are. 

 

I have been reading about diabetes, but just had not seen anything about dizziness and hunger first thing in the morning.  Thought maybe someone else had experienced this.  She really doesn’t have any of the other symptoms. 

 

Diana


Phishbowl
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   Posted 3/14/2007 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Diana,
Glad to hear that the Thyroid levels are in control - they can play havoc with a number of things when not. Also good to hear that she's got a monitor. I can appreciate how arthritis can make handling those test strips quite difficult. Some monitors are better than others with the test strips and might be easier for your Mom to use.

If she could test first thing in the morning, especially during those times she feels dizzy and hungry, it would definitley indicate if she's having low blood sugar. Low blood sugar can make one very dizzy and hungry. A snack at bedtime and/or even a snack before she even gets out of bed, would definitely help.

Your mother is lucky to have a concerned and caring daughter like you. I wish you both well :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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