An Informal and Inconsequential Survey
Last night, as I got ready for bed, I shut down my computer and slipped on my pajamas. I went to the bathroom and washed my face. I felt a little, well, off but it wasn’t that noticeable and I thought maybe I was just tired. I popped out my contacts and slipped on my glasses. I brushed my teeth. As I stepped out of the bathroom, that “funny feeling” shifted to that “uh-oh” feeling.
I was low.
I tested my blood sugar and rang in at 75 mg/dl. Despite my irritation at having just brushed my teeth, I drank some juice and went to bed.
I typically test my blood sugar after I change into my pajamas and go to bed because my blood sugar meter is on my nightstand and I don’t want to have to get back up again. I feel my lows pretty well, so this situation is very rare. If I do go low after I go to bed, it’s usually half an hour to an hour later.
Now, going low after the nighttime routine is not exactly an unusual situation. It’s happened many times before and it will happen many times later. My question to you is twofold:
First, do you test your blood sugar before or after you brush your teeth and second, if you do go low after you brush your teeth, do you brush them again?
Just curious. There’s no right or wrong answer. I just thought I’d get some reader feedback on this very important conundrum.
As always, your opinion is much appreciated.