Posted 6/6/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)
Yeah, that is weird that they were dead. Couple of times I've found dead ticks in my bed. Hopefully that means that the stuff I put on my dogs really works.
I was tested for hypoglycemia probably 30 yrs ago -- actually probably a even a few years longer ago than that. I had pretty much diagnosed it myself.
I did the 5 hr glucose test -- that is the best that I know of, but that was many years ago. You fast overnite and then drink a bottle of glucose and then your blood sugar levels are checked every hour for 5 hrs. I think we stopped mine by the 4th hour because it dropped so low I had to have something to eat, and it went low enough for the diagnosis. I did it at the hospital, so I wandered around between tests, and after they checked the 3rd hour, the techs came looking for me, expecting me to be passed out, it went so low. I hadn't, but I felt like crap and said, 'yeah, this is the way I feel too much of the time.' Voila.
Everybody is different. Some people's sugar levels shoot sky high and then suddenly plummet until the person passes out. Some's goes a little high and then drops gradually to a low level and then starts creeping up a little -- that is if your adrenals are signaling -- what is it? your liver I think? signaling to release more sugar. That's when you get that weak, shakey feeling, and then some people go nuts. Some peoples' bodies won't release more sugar, so they pass out.
You can find every kind of different chart out there on what happens to people doing this test.
And that's the reason a random blood sugar check is not reliable. Because even a hypglycemic's blood sugar is normal at times, and some peoples' is even too high at times. A 2 hr test might be enough, but the 5 hr is the most reliable -- to rule out diabetes and get the best idea about how serious it is.
I never passed out from it and mine is not near as bad as it was that many years ago. (course maybe that's why my adrenals seem to be shot?)
You know, if you suspect your daughter might be hypoglycemic, you can always start testing yourself. Have her eat a high protein, or at least complex carbohydrate snack between meals. Or the best thing for her to do is eat a little something every 2 hours. NO sugar and be careful w/ the fruit. Fruit can help bring her levels up, but the sugar will be burned up quicker than the protein. Probably best if fruit is eaten either before during a meal. Also, she should not overeat at any meal -- that will make her very tired.
If she gives up all sugar and either has a high protein/ complex carb snack every 2 hours, or breaks 3 meals down into 6, if she is hypoglycemic, she should experience a lot of improvement within 3 days. And if she craved sugar, about 3 days off of it, those cravings will go away.
Does your daughter have symptoms? How old is she? If she is a child, they should test her very carefully, just in case it is really diabetis. At least hypoglycemia can be treated by diet alone. But my understanding is that if you're hypoglycemic and you continute to abuse your pancreas by continuing to consume too much sugar, it can become diabetis.