Saturday, June 4, 2011

My Particular Brand of Hypoglycemia

One of the great things about diabetes is how differently it can make people feel. One person will feel giddy when their blood sugar is high, while another will feel tired and lethargic. I had a friend who would get incredibly hungry when she had high BS.

Right now (as I'm writing this), I'm dealing with one of those interesting diabetes phenomenons. My blood sugar is dropping towards being low (hypoglycemia). I started watching my Dexcom about 20 minutes ago and suspecting something was up, because I started feeling SUPER nauseated. Like, get me to a bathroom, I'm going to throw up all over nauseated. After 18+ years of diabetes, I finally realized in the last 2-ish years, that when my BS is dropping quickly, it makes me feel like I need to throw up. And it gives me these really bad, painful air/gas bubbles in my stomach that run all the way through my intestines and end up coming out one end or the other (sorry if that was too graphic for you).Side note: Someone in the medical world please explain THAT to me! Through the diabetes OC I know I'm not the only one out there that has this happen when they're dropping fast. Awesome.

So, 20 minutes ago, when I tested and when I checked my Dex, it said I was 156. Not a great BS, not awful. But I felt sick, and I KNEW I was dropping, even though the Dex wasn't picking it up yet. Now, it says 108, with a nice downward pointing arrow, and I'm sitting here sipping juice trying to raise my BS, because if I don't, I WILL vomit. Because that's how awesome diabetes can be. It says "Oh, you need to eat to raise your blood sugar? OK, I'll make you feel sick to your stomach, because that will make it so much easier for you to eat!" (insert sarcasm)

It's like an extra sucker-punch to the gut.

And now my BS is 92, with a fatty downward trending arrow. I'm going to stop waisting glucose energy writing, and go start drinking more juice. Out of a juice box. Cuz that's how I roll.

5 minutes later: 84. Ugh. It might be a fun night.

1 comment:

  1. Hm, interesting! I hadn't heard this one before. Something that still amazes me is the delayed reaction when I'm trying to get my number back up...I guess that's why they say to wait 15, but even then, it's tricky sometimes. Good luck! Hope those numbers stabilize so you can feel better.