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Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. I hope to share my struggles, my successes, and everything in between.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Fourth thing I hate about low blood sugars


I don't care what it is you are doing, but if you have to stop to deal with a low blood sugar, you have been interrupted.

Even if I'm happily doing nothing, and get interrupted, it bothers me. What was I doing? Nothing!! But it still bothers me.

Worse though, is when I am doing something, or planning to do something.

Ellen commented on the second thing I hate about low blood sugars about how her son planned to go to karate class at 6:30. He planned early, tested his bg, ate, took less insulin all in preparation to be strong for class. Moments before they left, his bg was in the 60's and all the plans came to a crashing halt. No way to get the BG up to where it needed to be in time for the rigorous exercise he planned for. So, he treated the low and stayed home. Once again disappointed by diabetes.

This too has happened to me. I've talked before about how far in advance I need to start planning and preparing for basketball - only to have to skip it because my blood sugar is too low shortly after starting. Situations like that, there is almost no way to get ahead of the curve - to get the bg rising and still have enough energy on board to sustain the bg during the hard workout of basketball. That really bummed me out, so I was very in touch with Ellen's comment.

How about those of you who have had low blood sugars during important meetings or even interviews? I can remember posts about lows while on important phone calls as well. Or what about acting "strange" while out in public?

Yes, yes, yes and yes. I would definitely count those in the "interruptions" column.

Then there's the whole fatigue thing afterwards.

Yes, interruptions are certainly another thing I hate about low blood sugars.


Blogger EveryReThing said...

Done that.
I run during my lunch breaks, and I don't know how many times I have had to skip it because of a low, then was too late to go out.

Once had a bad low during a meeting, and had to wait ten minutes before I could excuse myself. I couldnt' read the clock by then, and was having cold chills. It took half and hour to recover.

once also had a bad low after lunch, and ran out of sugar, and forgot my wallet at home. who does that? I ran from desk to desk asking for a pop or candy, and no one woudl help me. like I was some strange freak. one woman even said she couldnt' give me my pop, 'because' I was diabetic. ended up going to the corner store, and paying the lady back the next day. thank god for that woman, for saving me from my stupidity.

11:01 AM  
Blogger cHoCoMiLkRoCkS said...

Your blog is REALLY good. I read all of it offline for the last few days!

How is it going with your set changes and really high sugars???

Has that been happening the whole time you've been on a pump?

I went through a phase of that happening with me. On the morning of a change I'd have half the bolus in the new set then take a shot for the rest of the bolus. I'd do it at lunch too then by dinner it was ok.

Just a thought....

See ya

11:08 AM  
Blogger type1emt said...

Great blog topics-you could write a book- 101 things I hate about low blood sugars. (Heck,there's probably more then that)
Lows are definatly the worst thing about diabetes.

4:15 PM  
Blogger art-sweet said...

Yeah. Everything you've said - I agree with.

9:20 PM  
Blogger J said...

AMEN! Damn diabetes I always love when your ready to go and about to be on time for work and you all excited only to be low and can not drive for 20 mins this goes over well.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

On Easter while everyone was gearing up to go out in the yard to hunt eggs, I checked Riley's sugar. It was 71 and his insulin from lunch hadn't even begun to peak yet. So, what is a mother to do? He's going to be running around outside for a while. Do you keep him from hunting eggs? Nope. This mother suspended his pump and ran around in the yard with him shoving lifesaver gummies in his mouth at regular intervals. What's so bad is I won't always be able to do that for him.

I really don't want diabetes to keep Riley from doing anything he wants. But, it's posts like this that remind me that it's not possible. And that just sucks.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous robin said...

I had a low blood sugar in the middle of the night after taking too much insulin. Anyone experience rapid heart beat, soaking wet with sweat but freezing, and my arms and legs burning. I ate four bowls of cereal, glass of juice, 2 bananas, hour later brought it up to 90. I was starting to pass out. I never want to experience it again

9:33 AM  
Blogger robin said...

I am sick of diabetes. I get tired of too high- feel like crud, too low- feel like crud.

9:44 AM  

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