From Newport News, Virginia, USA:
Last night, my son awoke screaming in his bed. He was incoherent, spastic, glassy eyed, and emitting screams every two to three seconds. He was generally unable to "snap out of it". His blood sugar level was 47 mg/dl [2.6 mmol/L] His normal range is 80 to 180 mg/dl [4.4 to 10.0 mmol/L]. My husband forced some soda and peanut butter into him and, after about five to six minutes, he began to return to normal. Is this sort of episode normal? Usually, when he's low at night, he's just slightly confused, but I can work with him. Last night he was out of control. Please give me some information.
What you are describing is classical of hypoglycemia and your team should have given you advice about dealing with such situations. However, an event like this is always frightening and it's very easy to forget what you have talked about in the calm light of day. If an episode like this happens again, then you should not try to put food/drink in your son's mouth but, rather, he should have an injection of glucagon to bring him around, then he'll be able to take something orally. You should speak to your team very soon about this episode because your son may also need to have his insulin doses adjusted to lessen the likelihood of a recurrence.
Original posting 29 Jun 2004
Posted to Hypoglycemia
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:58
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