We were driving home from church today and Carol said she was feeling hungry, and like her blood sugar just dropped. A bad feeling. I offered to check her blood sugar in the car, and she was game. She was 142 mg/dl, and I was kind of alarmed. I tested it again, and made sure there was nothing on her finger (142 also). I know that non-diabetics aren't really supposed to hang out in the 140s. And, it wasn't just after a large, carby meal. She had nibbled a couple pretzels at church and was holding out for real food at home. We had some fun joking with the kids about the implications of having two diabetic parents. I hope you guys enjoyed that pizza last night, because it's over!
When we got home I ran an at home A1C test on Carol she read 5.2 (an average BG of 104). Since I'm not used to thinking about non-diabetic numbers, I wasn't sure if it was totally normal or not. I just knew it was a number I'd love for my own... as it turns out, it's pretty normal. Could be lower, but not considered pre-diabetic or anything.
Next, the kids all wanted to be checked.
Ellie (13), was 111 mg/dl. She had just finished eating some ice cream.
Simon (11) was 85 mg/dl. Pre-lunch for him. He eats low-carb like me. From what I understand, this is the ultimate "normal" reading.
Penny (7) was 141 mg/dl. Fruit snacks at church. They say that young kids have a higher normal range. She's still young (her first test read 217, but after washing her hands it was more reasonable).
Carol tested again, and it was back down to 93 mg/dl. She had eaten a sandwich and felt better.
Tonight we did another test at about 9pm and she was 94 mg/dl.
I thought it was funny that Carol's sensation that she had "low" blood sugar had prompted this test fest. It was a bit of a role reversal. I think I was the only one that didn't get tested that hour. I have to say, it was kind of fun to share my pastime with the family.
One more note, while my brother, Dave, was visiting last summer he said that after a large meal and a beer he totally crashes, and he said he thought it was because his blood sugar was going high. I was curious, so we tested after a feast + brew. Surprisingly, his glucose was only 110 mg/dl. It just goes to show that non-diabetics have darn good control, but feel all the icky fluctuations of the sugar and insulin roller coaster. You could say it just never really goes off the rails, just feels like it...