Thursday, April 30, 2015

How Low Can You Go?

Many people have asked me, “What does it feel like when you blood sugar goes low?”

Here’s a simple long winded explanation for anyone that has asked (or would like to ask but have been afraid to).

For several years, I’ve not slept well (eff you menopause!).  I often wake up in the middle of the night and my brain starts on the “what can I think about to keep you awake even longer” track.  I try to keep a note pad and pen next to my bed to write down things I want to remember.

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up and was thinking about how to start this blog.  What would be good topics? How would I introduce myself?  I came up with a topic and realized I didn’t have my note pad next to me.  I hopped out of bed and went to the dining room to write down my thoughts. 

As I was writing, I realized I was sweating. Dripping in sweat. The thought crossed my mind (very briefly) that I should probably check my blood sugar. Then my brain said, “But wait! You have to write this idea down first!!”  Take a look at my notes.  Not very pretty are they? It looks like I was drunk.  I sort of felt like I was drunk as the words kept repeating themselves over and over in my hypo brain.  Once I hit the bottom of the page, I realized I was having a problem that needed attention.  Right. Now. 
Hmmm. A bit repetitive no? How about some spell check?
When I finally got my meter out and checked, of course I was low.  Funny but I don’t remember taking a picture of it!  I would have had to go back to my bedroom to get my phone to do this.  Not only that, but also took a picture of what I was using to fix my low.  What the hell?  With no memory of it, I’m assuming I was still thinking about this blog and wanted some ‘proof’ for a write up.
Yes those are my purple pajamas at the bottom of the photo. Cute, right?
I had some of the gel on my face when I woke up the next morning.
By the time I got back to the bedroom to try to get back to sleep, my pajamas were soaked. I felt like I had taken a shower in them. Of course I had to dig out new ones plus new underwear (TMI?) because they were soaked too.  More time for sleeping wasted.  The sheets were also wet so when I got tucked back into bed I was freezing.

I’ll recap for those who have asked about lows:
  • I was sweating like I had run a marathon.
  • I felt like I was drunk with thoughts running through my head that I couldn’t even write down.
  • I don’t remember taking pictures. Sort of like a blackout.
  • I had to change my pajamas and underwear as they were wringing wet.
  • I was freezing once I got back into bed because I was lying on wet sheets.

Sound like fun?  I’ll thank my lucky stars that I was safe at home where I could take care of myself and could have asked Angry for help if I needed it.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why Why Why?

I started blogging a few years ago but have been away for about a year.  Life certainly gets in the way, doesn’t it?  That blog is really just a fun look at life in general.  I'd like to get back to it sooner or later (you can check it out if you'd like).
Now I’ve decided to start this blog to concentrate on diabetes.
You may ask, "Why?"
I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic for just about 41 years.  I often tell people to remember that I’m only 29 so I must have been diagnosed before I was born!  In all these years I was never involved in any sort of online community.  But, I caught wind of a conference (actually, an UnConference) for diabetics.  I made the decision that I wanted to had to attend.
I registered and got ready to go.  As the time grew closer, I became more and more nervous that all the other attendees were involved in the DOC (Diabetes Online Community).  They certainly must already be friends.  I was going to be that “outsider” nobody would want to talk to.
That did NOT happen. This UnConference was something I can’t even begin to describe here (but I may try soon in another post). Everyone was friendly and made me feel like they had known me all their lives.  I felt so very welcome and part of the "gang."
While at the UnConference, I realized that so many attendees had blogs, were huge diabetes advocates, and step up in many ways to help others and to share their knowledge.
Since I came home, I've been consider that fact that I’ve got lots of experience with this diabetes thingy.  I'm filled with knowledge, ideas, and thoughts I'd like to share too.  Why not start that by blogging?
Here I am world!