Epic Lows

Have you ever wondered what it was like to have a low blood sugar last two hours?

Well, let me tell you. It sucks. And it’s happened to me three times this week.

It’s not a question of why I went low. I’m pretty sure I know why I went low. The first (and probably second time) it was likely from stacking insulin during a rage bolus. And the third time it was from taking my normal bolus right before going to working at a retail store that involves a lot of walking.

All three times the lows weren’t exactly unexpected. But what happened after I went low was surprising.

I couldn’t come up.

My first epic low happened in the wee hours of Saturday morning, and it took 3 juice boxes — with my blood sugar tanking to 35 mg/dl! — before I started to sputter northward. I ended up flying into the stratosphere during the day only to crash land after dinner that night, complete with a LOW on the Dexcom. Yikes. A couple days passed before an epic low at work, which took two cans of Dr. Pepper  — that’s more than 120 grams of carbs! — before I resurfaced, and even then, I only topped out around 200 mg/dl.


photo 1-7Saturday morning’s epic low (there are actually 2 lows in that second dip — I didn’t come up until the third juice box)

photo 2-7Saturday night’s epic low

I have never needed more than a juice box to correct a low blood sugar, and certainly not two cans of regular soda (the equivalent to about 4 juice boxes). I mean, really?! I know I probably had a little too much insulin on board, but it’s not like the contents of my pod emptied into me!

I can’t quite figure it out. I’m now completely paranoid about going low because it’s not just a momentary hiccup. These lows are lasting hours. They are quite unpleasant. I can’t figure out what’s going on. If this is a complication of diabetes, it seems like the oddest sort. I thought for a moment it might indicate gastroparesis, but this would literally be the only time my blood sugar didn’t respond to glucose. My body responds to food at every other occasion! It’s just when I’m super low, my body is suddenly like, you know, we’ll get around to it when we feel like it. 

Ugh.

I know epic lows can happen to the best of us. But three times in a week? That just seems… weird. I know I still have diabetes because I’ve had plenty of high blood sugars when I’m not low! Has anyone gone through a string of epic lows? Did you ever figure out what the problem was?

Happy World Diabetes Day!

photo-1_thumbWell, I almost missed it, but I’m here! Hoping everyone had a productive World Diabetes Day. I spent part of the day participating on the 24-hour long Twitter chat for World Diabetes, which was definitely enjoyable. I don’t participate in Twitter chats nearly enough, mostly because on Wednesday nights I work until 8pm and so I don’t get home until the chat is more than halfway through.

My bit of diabetes advocacy for the day came in the form of a guest post for Anne of Fannetastic Food, a big healthy living blogger. Last month Anne posted about some recent blood work, and she talked a little bit about diabetes. I suggested to her that I could write a guest post about diabetes for World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Awareness Month, and she agreed! I was so excited! But I was very anxious writing this guest post. Eventually I decided to write 14 things that people might not understand about diabetes, but in reality, I probably could have written about a hundred! It was very stressful trying to decide what to write and how to condense it so that it wouldn’t become a book. So far the comments have been amazing, so I’m really happy about that.

I’ve been kind of quiet around these parts mainly because school and work have taken up so much of my brain power that I haven’t been able to put together any thoughtful posts recently. But I’m going to try to get a few lingering posts up in the next couple of weeks, before the holidays roll in. Can you believe 2014 is almost over?!

How did you mark World Diabetes Day? Do anything special?