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   Posted 10/20/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Yesterday morning I needed to make a trip to Wal Mart before my sister-in-law left for work since she needs my car at the moment to get there.  She leaves at 7am so I had to go early.  I left at 4:15 so I'd have some groceries on hand before she left.  <cinnamon rolls etc.. smilewinkgrin >
Before I left I thought I'd better get my cell phone which was on the charger.  But guess what...I forgot it.
Anyway, I was finished in Wal Mart by around 5:30..still dark out.  Got in my car and started home.  I only live 15 minutes away. 
I made the off ramp from the interstate then made the turn on the access road that runs parallel and was feeling a little gittery so figured I'd better get home for some fresh coffee and a cinnamon roll before I was in trouble.  I'm a diabetic and hadn't eaten since 4 the previous afternoon.
Before I knew what was happening I hit a road sign and was in a ditch with the east bound interstate traffic coming right at me.  I had no idea how I got there, or where I was!
Someone came along, told me to wait in the car.  Paramedics came and tested my blood.  It was down to 58 but they said it was most likely lower than that before I had an adrenaline rush.
It seems I was on the right road but had spaced out and driven right past my turn and hit the dead end. 
Other than that I was ok but being so very disoriented was frightening. 
The thing is..what I'm wondering is this.  Was this just the low sugar level or, was it also fibro fog and/or my medication for fibro?  Because this has been happening to me lately where I've been missing my turn off or getting lost going places.  It's not like me at ALL.  and it's scarey... skull

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   Posted 10/20/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh jhemi...what an experience.  I am sure others with diabetes can give you their experiences when their sugar drops like that.  But from a fibro perspective, I have found myself on streets that I never knew existed.  I even drove into my neighbors driveway and wondered why my garage door opener didn't work.  Our houses are not in any way similar.  I am blaming The Fog...and at the moment, that horrific Lexapro I am withdrawing from.

I am guessing it was a combo of the diabetes, fog and maybe your meds.  Glad you weren't hurt.



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   Posted 10/20/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   

That is low blood sugar and that most likely is what caused your accident.  If I'm in the 60's I can start shaking.  I am diabetic and I always have food in my purse.  I will carry candy (or you could get the glucose tablets) and I carry a small snack bag of sour dough pretzel nuggets for the carbs.  (They don't get all smashed up in my purse.)  If I find myself getting "low" I can take care of the situation until I get home.  You do have to be very careful about that.


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   Posted 10/20/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Jhemi, So glad that you didn't get hurt and made it home OK.
Sherrine's advice about keeping a snack in your purse was great. You could keep
something in your glove compartment as a reserve, just in case it's needed.
Hope you won't have anymore scary experiances.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not diabetic, but I am spacing out while driving. I was coming home from the vet's office this morning, and blew right through a stop sign. Thank the Good Lord no one was coming, and everything is alright. But I have had accidents from the same spacing out before. I think it is the fibro fog, or the meds.
I'm glad you are alright.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow that is so scary, I'm glad you weren't hurt. I hope you will keep glucose tablets or food with you at all times from now on. I have made some scary mistakes, like not looking both ways before going at a stop sign that scared me to death when I realized what I had done, thank goodness there wasn't any cars coming.
Safe driving to us all.
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   Posted 10/20/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
that is scary. I have a friend whose blood sugar went really low last week, and he crashed into a brick wall and has 11 broken ribs and a broken pelvis. PLEASE take a snack with you or eat before you drive!!! Be careful.... My friend is fortunate to be alive today..... smilewinkgrin nono shocked
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   Posted 10/20/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not diabetic but I have hypoglycemia. I make it a rule to NEVER get behind the wheel without having a small snack first. With hypoglycemia, we need protein to keep the blood sugar stable so I carry small bags of nuts, usually walnuts or almonds.

I always have a snack unless I had eaten less than an hour before. Fibrofog can cause you to miss your exit or get lost but your blood sugar probably caused the crash.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Jhemi, glad you are OK. That sounds really scary. There was a man on the news here a couple weeks ago who was weaving all over the highway and he said the last thing he remembered was leaving work. He'd driven 15 miles, headed home all over the road before he crashed, and his blood sugar was too low. People called in and reported him as a possible DUI. Again, glad you are OK!!

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   Posted 10/21/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad that you are okay. Your blood sugar reading was low.


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   Posted 10/21/2009 3:00 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Thank you everyone for your replies!
I must have been the low sugar that caused the accident but the spacing out thing is still worrying me.  It's happened so many times.
I've already decided that I'll not be driving for a least until I see my doctor on Nov 6th.
Maybe it's just time for me to start riding..<sigh>
Hope not smilewinkgrin
OH..and I fully intend...<just in case I do decide to drive again> put a few musketeer bars in the glove box!  <not that I'd want to eat them or anything you understand...> turn
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