|Stats... and yes, I'm pretty much out of insulin.|
In my sugary life, I almost always have erred on the side of not enough insulin, and my excursions "out of range" are 95-100% on the high side rather than low.
As I re-read Dr. Bernstein's book, Diabetes Solution, this year, I came across his list of all the things that every diabetic should have. The Glucagon Kit was high on the list. I was realizing that my wife has probably already forgotten that they exist and we haven't even talked about it as a necessary measure in 10+ years.
I have owned about 3 Glucagon kits in my life, and they seem to expire too quickly to stay in my readiness kit. It's hard for me to keep buying them since I've never actually used one... but, I guess that's like saying why wear a seat-belt if you've never had an accident.
Personally, I think explaining it's use to my colleagues would freak them out a bit. And, I would hope that in the era of CGMS, crazy-stealth-severe-hypos might be less likely. What could make me have to use one? Maybe making a major mistake on an insulin dose. Maybe accidentally bolusing 10 units instead of 1 unit, stuff like that? It's never happened to me, but I suppose it could... When I was doing multiple daily injections I once took a Lantus dose with Novolog (oops!) and had to stay up all night watching for the inevitable hypo...
I am wondering how many Type 1 diabetics keep a Glucagon kit ready for emergencies. Have you ever used one? Do you carry it with you? Do you have one at work and home? Have you ever needed it? Do you think it's irresponsible to not have one ready?