Juicebox to the Rescue

Last week I started using Apidra again, at least for a little while.  I sort of have a mix and match bag of insulin right now.  A little Apidra, a bit of Novolog and some Humalog sprinkled here and there.  I am not switching back and forth, but once I’m out of Apidra, I will move to Novolog until that is gone and so on and so forth.  Thanks to an angel of insulin, I have some extra insulin for about a 1-2 month supply.  Let’s get back on topic.

Since, I was using Apidra again, my bg was going low in the morning time because I needed to adjust my basals again.  As I have written about before, I use less insulin, smaller basal rates, when I am using Apidra, which is why I want to use it.  I went through a whole bag of the super-sized Skittles within 3 days because of the lows that I was getting.  Now, if you haven’t eaten about 4 handfulls of Skittles in a while, then you may not know, but your jaw completely locks up and it’s nearly impossible to continue to chew.  I knew that I needed a different form of sugar, so I decided that I would go buy some more orange juice.  The problem with the orange juice though is that I drink it even when my bg isn’t low because I just love orange juice.

When I went to the store, I decided that I wanted to buy some juice boxes.  Now, I have had diabetes for almost 10 years and I have never once used a juice box to fix a low.  I hear a lot of people talk about them, especially parents with a child with diabetes, but I have never purchased them to have around the house.  What a mistake!  After I bought a tropical punch flavor from the HI-C brand, they were put into action later that night.  I woke up in the middle of the night with a bg of 55.  Time to drink a juicebox.  Actually, two juice boxes, this low was a bad one.

Moral of the story? Drink juice boxes for low blood sugars.  It looked a bit funny that a big ass dude like myself was drinking this tiny, small little juice box, but hey, when it works, it works.

How many of y’all use juice boxes to fix lows, and if so, are you loyal to a certain brand?