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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Weak Trembles

My life in appalachia - Weak Trembles

Let me introduce you to Hunter-he belongs to one of Chatter and Chitter’s friends. He’s getting up in years. Hunter’s master and my girls have been friends since Kindergarten. Over the years I’ve had more than a few opportunities to see Hunter. Every time I see him my first thought is “I hope I don’t run over Hunter.” And my second thought is always “He looks like he has the weak trembles.”

The weak trembles are fairly common at the Blind Pig house. All of us are bad to get involved in a project and totally forget about eating until we get the weak trembles. In case you’ve never had the weak trembles its where you feel weak; lightheaded; shaky; and slightly sick at your stomach. Our go to remedy for the weak trembles is a sup of coke and a few soda crackers it usually does the trick.

Ever get the weak trembles?


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    Sharon Schuster
    November 18, 2020 at 9:31 am

    The weak trembles seemed to run through my Dad’s side of the family – me too. We just grabbed anything to eat. Daddy used to carry hard candies with him in his pockets, in the car, on the tractor… I also favored a swig of Coke – worked fast.

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    Vinnie Robinson
    September 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I get the weak trembles if I drink coffee on an empty stomach, or sometimes if I just don’t eat. a snack helps.

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    Larry Proffitt
    January 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Tipper that’s why I carry round crackers and a hershey bar in my turkey hunting sack. You climb around in these mountains chasing old gobblers and all of a sudden like you take the weak trembles.
    Usually a pack of round crackers and a pint of water and a 10 minute break and you’re ready to go again. Sometimes it takes the Hershey bar as well. LarryProffitt

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    January 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I’ve heard the term, but unfortunately, I don’t usually do without food long enough to get the “weak trembles”! Watch out for Hunter.

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    January 8, 2012 at 12:09 am

    My grandmother called it “a sinkin’ feelin’ ”

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    January 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Senior doggies just steal my heart..Hunter’s grey muzzle tells his age, for sure..Being a Chihuahua is most likely the cause for his trembles..Most really small dogs seem to be nervous, and shake like a leaf..could surely be that everyone and everything else is SO BIG to them! Bet he would appreciate a warm sweater when it is chilly on the mountain, one in a bright color so’s he can be seen easier!
    Never heard of the weak trembles..down in MS and South LA, we speak of being a bit woozy..I’m way too familiar with being a bit trembley, light headed, with my tummy on the verge of being yuck because I’m diabetic..Have to be cautious of eating enough protein at meals, on a regular schedule, to keep that blood sugar at a safe level..A couple of those tiny chocolate bars, peanut butter or cheese and crackers and a little orange juice will set me back on an even keel in a few minutes..My culprit is always getting involved in a project or activity, and letting time slip away..As I am in my senior years, I have learned to set my watch alarm so I don’t end up being ‘woozy’…By the by, when you see sweet little Hunter next time, give him a scritch on the ears for me, please.

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    January 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I call them the “shakes” It is a condition called hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). I have to “graze” eat. A little something every 3 to 4 hourskeeps your blood sugar level. If you do get weak, a sweet snack brings your blood sugar level up, but it can crash fast again. To keep from getting weak, graze on protein. Peanut butter, cheese, etc. Not sweets.

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    January 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Hunter is cute. Yes, weak trembles I have had and for the same reason. A hard, fast hunger comes upon me and makes me weak in the knees, a bit faint and nauseated. I had all the blood tests through the years and no high, low or sideways blood sugar comes back. It’s just weak trembles.

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    January 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Through teenage-hood and up until a few years ago, I had low blood sugar (i.e. hypoglycemia) that resulted in what she calls “weak trembles” if I went without eating for long. Now I am borderline diabetic, but I still have bouts of low blood sugar from time to time. It’s been educating to get to know the signals, to say the least, because they’re fairly similar. So I don’t guess when it happens now, cause it could be either requiring different food to treat, so I take a test.
    God bless.

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    susie swanson
    January 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Oh yes, I’ve had the weak trembles and my mom used to have them all the time.. She’d get to busy and forget to eat..

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    Ed Ammons
    January 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Find A Grave will get you photos of headstones. If there are more sites I’d like to know about it, too.

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    January 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Weak trembles have been common around our household, too. I sure hope Hunter does not get run over, and that he does not have any health issues since he looks like he’s getting some years on him.
    I hope you have a great New Year!

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    January 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Weak trembles can be a sign of low blood sugar. Ironically, low blood sugar is often a precursor to diabetes (which is, of course, high blood sugar). On your next physical, you might mention this to your doctor who might order a test that shows your blood sugar over time (rather than the one-time fasting blood sugar).
    While concentration is an excellent quality, don’t forget to eat a little something now and then.

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    January 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Hunter looks like a loyal, nice dog even if he’s got some years
    on him. I agree with Miss Cindy,
    my little fiests get a meat treat
    often. And those bones with some
    meat and marrow inside occupies
    my dogs for a long time.
    As far as “the weak trembles”, I
    now keep something in the crock
    pot most of the time. Peanut butter and Karo syrup sandwiches
    will also stick to your ribs.

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    Pam Moore
    January 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Weak trembles are remedied with milk and crackers. But feeling “puny” meant you were probably coming down with something. Time to doctor with some all purpose herbal tea.

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    Helen G.
    January 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Oh, yes, I know about the weak trembles. My go to is whatever I can grab first whether crackers, cookies and a soda. I’m not as bad as I was when I had my picture frame shops. I’d get into a project and forget to eat until I’d start getting a headache or get up to wait on a customer coming in the shop and have to steady myself from the dizzies…
    Glad to know I’m not alone in getting caught up in projects. Also wanted to ask you the name of the site where people photograph headstones in the old graveyards. Been looking through some of your older posts but haven’t run across it yet… Thanks!

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    January 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    p.s. Maybe Hunter could use a nice fluorescent wool vest to keep warm and so people would notice him.

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    January 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I get cranky and irritable before there is any chance of weak trembles. Family and friends know—get that woman something to eat quick!

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    January 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Yes, get them all the time; I can’t go too long without eating or I get sick feeling. But I didn’t know anyone else used the term; it goes way back to when I was a kid for me. Also, we called spells like this “the stout steadies”; speaking in opposites of course.

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    January 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I used to work in masonry construction. We used to call it getting the “shakes”. I could never and still can’t eat pancakes and syrup and go to work. I’m almost sure to get em’.

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    Wanda Devers
    January 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    My family had the “weak trembles” too. I usually keep some hard candy around for these spells.
    Poor Hunter–its hard to see them get old. Maybe he needs some peanut butter & crackers.

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    January 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Hunter is obviously an old dog and he could be in some pain. It could be arthritis. We have an old dog and sometimes we give her 1/2 of a Tylenol. She will sleep good when we do. HOWEVER, ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE DOING THAT! Little Hunter is too prescious to take any chances with his health.

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    barb Johnson
    January 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Forget to eat? Hmmmm..not here! But I did get the weak trembles when I was pregnant…one time I opened a candy bar and orange juice (bad combo usually) while speaking to the checkout girl in the grocery store..

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    B. Ruth
    January 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Poor little feller and he looks like he could use another fur coat as well…LOL..the breed always seems like they are freezing… Can you imagine being way down there on the floor looking up at all those folks high up in the sky…I think I would have the weak trembles too…having to pay close attention that a bigfoot doesn’t mash his tiny paws!…plus it is nature of the breed to have anxiety or my Grandmother would say…”That’s a nervy dog!” LOL
    Don’t get them weak trembles too much but my DH does….since his type II diabetes…My belly usualy carries over from meal to meal…so it don’t hurt me much to miss one…LOL
    Thanks Tipper for a great post…
    Love that little doggie…so cute and he is so wanting his master to pick him up for the security…

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    Miss Cindy
    January 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Yes, heard the term and had the malady but not much anymore…..I don’t miss many meals. LOL
    Peanut butter, coke and a little cheese, a piece of toast have all been remedies I’ve used.
    Hunter looks old and feeble. I can see the gray around his muzzle. I’d probably give him some raw meat if he was mine but then I do things like that.

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    January 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

    My blacksmith gets the trembles, but that’s only when I give him leaded coffee! LOL

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    January 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Hunter is adorable!
    And I am guilty of forgetting to eat,too. Not only do I get the weak trembles, but I get a little grumpy.

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    Jim Casada
    January 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Tipper–I don’t know that I’ve ever had the weak trembles, but I am intimately familiar with being powerful peckish.
    Jim Casada

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    Wanda in NoAla
    January 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

    We say that all the time around here; translated, it means it is time for a snack!

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    January 7, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I used to get those really bad as a teen. I stayed on the go and never took time to eat. “Skinny as a rail.” Later in life I became diabetic, and with meds you have to eat or you can really crash. Better to eat peanut butter and crackers with milk, as acts slower. I love that little dog. It looks “spoilt”

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    Ken Kuhlmann
    January 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Iknow what you are talking about. My cure for the “weak trembles” is crackers and cheese. Not the prepackaged things you get at the Quck Shop, but a box of Saltines and some real cheese.

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    January 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I get the weak trembles too!! I keep a coke and a pack of Nabs handy to ward them off.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Well now, I know exactly what you are talking about. My daddy used the term “weak trembles”. I thought he coined the phrase. I ain’t heard it since he died. His remedy like yours is just a bite of sumpthin. If you eat more you will get really sick. There is a medical condition similar to weak trembles called hypoglycemia that has to be treated by a handfull of expensive prescriptions. Weak trembles can be treated by a handfull of M&Ms.

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    Uncle Al
    January 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Oh yes, my wife and I both suffer that terrible malady occasionally. Maybe the terrible part is the “forgetting” to get some sustenance to begin with. :)Sometimes even when one would think you have had plenty to eat, you can still get those weak trembles.

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    January 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I like you and your family also get the weak trembles when I too get too busy with a project or get caught up in reading a good book–never tried coke and crackers i just finally sit myself down and eat a descent meal.

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    Patty Hall
    January 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

    yes, that dog does look like he has he weak trembles. I get them often, especially if I’m out and about. Coke does help. 😉

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    dolores barton
    January 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I can relate with that, however, I learned a long time ago that doing that isn’t fun while you are working with middle school kids. I love to eat, so I haven’t had one of those in a long, long time. Very interesting wording! It is probably just low blood sugar.
    Time to eat that snack!!!!

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    January 7, 2012 at 7:50 am


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    Mary Shipman
    January 7, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Yes,I have, more than once! Peanut butter is my ‘go to’ on crackers or just a spoonful from the jar if I’m really involved in something.
    Since Hubby retired and thinks that 3 squares at appointed hours are necessary to(at least) his well being, ‘weak trembles’ are rarer…

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    January 7, 2012 at 7:38 am

    When i’ve had the weak tremors a little coke cola and crackers was about all i could stand. It makes me weak and sick for awhile. Not a good feeling.

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 7, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Yes, only we call it woosey or the ‘shakes’.

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    Karen Larsen
    January 7, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Yes I do! Although not usually from forgetting to eat… My go-to remedy is peanut butter on crackers.
    Hunter is adorable!! Exactly how old is he??? I love dogs.

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