Definitely. You only really need to look to make sure it is ready to receive blood and to get the results. I also keep a single serving can of apple juice in the armrest between the seats. Warm apple juice is gross, but it does the trick, within reach, for an unexpected low.
Testing is the easy part. Picking all the used test strips out of the carpet and from between the seats every few weeks is a pain. Eating one of those "slippery" fast food burgers or sandwiches while you're shaking without getting lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mayonnaise and ketchup all over your lap can be pretty tough. Confirming that you're low with a BS around 50 and then trying to make it to the next rest stop or exit with the whole world glowing and spinning, while you're sweating and shaking... that can be downright hair raising. (Thank you God!)
Man you dont want to see me behind the wheel in the morning on the way to work. I can test my sugar, send a text message, change the radio, smoke a cig while holding my coffee. Ive got a routine down. i use my knee to control the steering wheel while driving.
You know, I just had an exchange with my significant other about doing D stuff while driving. He seemed to think it was a bad idea because I would either swerve or get accused by an onlooker of doing something illicit.
Let's see...I've checked, bolused (it's easy because I have a side button that makes unit increments...the pump vibrates/beeps, letting me know how much, etc.), um...changed infusion sites, reservoirs, let's see...done injections, and more...being low in the car is terrifying. I had a bad insulin reaction (38 mg/dl) one time going down the road. It was ugly. I don't always check when I am about to drive. That's no good, I know...
I have to say, I'm guilty of all the same things as everyone else. It's a daily routine for me. My husband complains about it all the time and tells me I should pull over. But the way I look at it is, if I pulled over every time I had to test, bolus (with my pump), or figure out what was beeping (and respond to it), then I'd never actually get anywhere. Seriously.
Probably not the smartest thing, but I've learned to adapt to it over the years. I look at it as multitasking. Diabetics have to be excellent multitaskers.
When you read the research paper summaries for these numbers you usually get the 85 to 110 range. You need to also consider that the majority of research is aimed toward type 2 (unfortunately), because higher number of people. If you read the entire report you'll see the 85 number comes from fasting levels, pre dawn phenomenum, of non-diabetics.
I always hated Biology (no black and white answers only shades of gray of multiple answers), but you have to think about it to get an understanding of how complex the machinery of the body is.
In non-diabetics the pancreases releases insulin and glucagon to keep the blood sugar at 100. The insulin (beta) is transported to the blood stream via fat cells and the glucagon (alpha) is transported through the liver. Keeping levels constant at 100.
Insulin coats the surface of the cell which allows glucose to penetrate the surface membrane and be converted to energy.
Cells have short life spans. They replicate, replacing dying cells, while we sleep. The organs are not at their maximum efficency during this time, because the energy is being used to replace the cells (heart beat and breathing slows, temperature drops, etc) .
Once this regeneration activity is completed the pancrease (in non-diabetics) releases glucagon and insulin to "wake" the body up by giving energy.
The 85 fasting numbers for non-diabetics comes from this fasting level.
As diabetics we see these things in multiple ways. Another one is late night insulin insensativity (Ever had a high late at night and your insulin just won't bring it down? During cell regeneration it just floats in the blood and can't coat the cell walls.