Low Blood Glucose Story of the Week

I have a little confession to make this week. Yesterday evening, Murray and I were out shooting a fake commercial that we will use as part of one of our shows soon. (The phony product is an adult beverage.) Anyway, we were getting some “beauty shots”—it’s an industry term—in the Brooklyn Bridge Park at sunset yesterday and were in a bit of a hurry. The sun was setting fast and we were losing light. We set up the fake bottle and a pint glass on the rocks looking out over the city. I was filming the whole thing and as we finished our last slow-mo shot, I felt my blood glucose sinking.


I had not brought anything along for the shoot, as we took a cab down to the park in a hurry. Our fake beverage was made of Diet Ginger Ale and Diet Mountain Dew, so that was not going to do the trick.

I walked out of the park and into a Starbucks, where there was one person behind the counter taking orders and making the coffees. She would take one order and then leave the register and go make the drink, a ridiculously inefficient system. So with three people in front of me—two of whom ordered mocha chocolate iced fraggle rock—I had to make a move. As she left the register a second time, I picked up the chocolate covered graham crackers near the checkout counter, opened them, and began to eat them. I also opened a bottle of water, as I was really thirsty as well. By the time she’d made two more coffees for the people in front of me, I was done with all of my business and ready to leave. I stayed in line for a total of about seven minutes—Murray can attest to this—and then paid for my water and chocolate graham crackers. Not realizing I’d already eaten the crackers, the barista had no idea what was going on. She appeared to be annoyed with coffee drinkers and the fact she had no help.

So I took an extra pack of chocolate covered graham crackers and gave them to Murray for the walk home. We made the half-mile walk home and finished the shoot at my apartment. I ate dinner and then was off to film my friends, The Two Man Gentlemen Band. They performed last night, and to hear some of their music, you can check them out here. They’ve got a great sound and have written some really good songs. One day, Murray and I will go on tour with them.

In other happenings, Murray and I got some exciting news this week. We have been accepted into the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. I mentioned in an earlier blog entry that we would be performing at the festival with Heavy.com, which we will still do, but now we will also be a part of the festival on our own. We perform on the 20th and 21st of July. If you want specific details, they will be available soon on our Web site, www.stuckeyandmurray.com. Til then.

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  • Paul

    I thought that when a diabetic was hypo glycemic that they would feel cold, clamy, and lethargic. and when they have a hyper glycemic episode they would feel hot, dry and really thirsty. What am I thinking and is this right. the Low Glucose Story talked about being hypo Glycemic and being thirsty.

  • lottadata

    It’s a good idea to keep a few packs of Smarties or hard Sweetarts in your purse or pocket so that you don’t end up in a crisis like this.

    Smarties are almost pure glucose and they don’t need to be digested the way sucrose and starch do. If you get into a real crunch you could go dangerously low waiting for crackers to digest.

    Five Smarties discs are 2 grams of carb, which is enough to raise a 140 lb person 10 mg/dl or a 280 lb person 4 mg/dl.

  • Tara Dairman, Web Editor

    Hi Paul,

    A person can experience many different symptoms of both hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and hyperglycemia (high blood glucose). To learn more about such symptoms, check out our articles “Hypoglycemia Symptoms: Why a Short List Is Not Enough,” and “Managing Hyperglycemia.”

  • Linda

    I have had episodes of low blood sugar at times when I would be unprepared. I would go into the nearest place to purchase something with sugar to get the glucose levels back up. I have learned never to tell the clerk that I am diabetic. The assumption is always that I should never have sugar and there is often quite a discussion over the purchase.

  • Joelle

    My diabetic friend introduced me to Snickers bars. They are fast and they have peanuts, I always want peanuts or peanut butter when I am low- don’t know why. Another plus is the fat & protein will have it last long enough to get real food in your system instead of bringing you up and dropping right back down again like candy or Dextrose Tabs.
    Stuckey and Murray are hilarious… you should think about blocking Murray’s cell phone so he stays out of trouble!!

  • kalani

    Shame on you! Did you NOT pay for the 2nd package of grahams? It’s called stealing. Do you advocate this kind of behavior?

  • Ephrenia

    Paul My personal symptoms include lethargy (I get so sleepy I can’t hold my eyes open) when I’m both hi or low. With a low I also feel “the bottom drop out” – extreme hunger to the point of nausea that hits pretty suddenly. Sometimes, I have to check to see if what I’m feeling means high or low before I know how to treat it!

    Andy I, too have been known to eat something before paying for it while in a store- just let them ring up the empty package. ūüėČ

  • Stuckey

    Oh I let her ring up the empty package, I’m not a thief….yet

  • daughter who cooks for mom

    My mom has type 2 as well as lots of other things (heart, kidney, blood pressure problems) I have begun cooking for her following her renal, diabetic & heart diet restrictions. Most of her numbers are now looking pretty good (cholesterol, kidney stuff, etc.) However, she seems to still have radical shifts in her blood glucose levels they go from very low in the AM to at times too high before dinner. She takes glyboride in the am and Lantus before dinner. Any suggestions? She really does not seem to like to eat. She generally eats breakfast, lunch and dinner and sometimes a snack a bit after dinner. I am going with her to her doc tomorrow. Any specifics on what we should be asking him about?

  • acampbell

    It’s hard to pinpoint exact reasons for your mom’s glucose shifts. One possible explanation is her kidney problem. But another likely reason is her food intake. Does her carb intake vary from day to day? If her appetite is poor and she doesn’t feel like eating, this can impact her glucose levels. Keeping a food record for a few days, and working with her physician to adjust her diabetes medication, along with a dietitian to help regulate her carb intake might help even out her glucose levels.

  • Jan Chait

    Is her doctor a diabetes specialist? If not, I would ask the doctor to refer her to an endocrinologist or diabetologist. You say she takes Lantus before dinner. From what I understand, Lantus does not last 24 hours for most people. If she is taking Lantus before dinner, it could be running out before dinner the next day, causing her blood glucose to go high. But if she is low in the mornings, then she could be taking too much for her morning blood-glucose levels. Also, how much do you consider “very low” to be and how much is “too high?” A doctor who specializes in
    diabetes would be the best person to judge. I’m not a medical professional and it could be something entirely different, but the Lantus dosage is a good possibility.