During my last entry I talked about hypoglycemia also known as low blood sugar this time I want to talk about high blood sugar. When you have high blood sugar it is called hyperglycemia. With this you will have a general feeling of being off. You will have to urinate frequently, you will be tired (which may surprise you because often you think too much sugar = too much energy), you may notice that things are blurry; you may become grumpy, agitated and fidgety. Some of the symptoms of high blood sugar and low blood sugar are the same so it is very important that you use the glucometer and determine which you are dealing with.
If you are dealing with low blood sugar read my last entry on how to raise a blood sugar. If you are dealing with high blood sugar you need to work to lower it using insulin. The doctor should have given instructions on how to lower it safely, if you are a parent make a copy of these guidelines to keep with your child’s glucometer, insulin and glucose. You will need to give additional insulin and recheck the blood sugar every 15 minutes or per the guidelines from the doctor. If the sugar does not go down you may need to call the doctor and see what they advise.
When you are dealing with a child with diabetes you should have a diabetes care kit that travels with your child everywhere they go. The kit should include a glucometer, plenty of test strips, a finger poker, a carbohydrate guide, an insulin guide given by your child’s doctor. The guide should say what to do if they are too high or too low. Some form of squeezable glucose, most people hate the taste of the glucose so we keep the decorator icing with us it is super sweet and high in carbs so it is great with bringing sugars up, syringes and an emergency contact list.