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American Diabetes Month 2015: Day 20 - Hypoglycemia

It's Day 20, I'm starting to feel when I start the blog post like this that I'm back in Elementary school counting the days of the school year.

It's continually harder to find more topics to talk about on my blog, mostly because I feel like I've hashed out all of the previous things at some point.  After having days with good blood sugars recently, I've decided to look back as last year's posts and came across the second day that I posted.  I talked about low blood sugars.  The scariest part of having a low blood sugar is the sensation that comes from it.  There is a lot of light-headedness that comes from it, and sometimes balance is difficult to keep up.  Another thing that's hard to do is...test your blood sugar, which is definitely something that should be done.  On top of low blood sugars, high blood sugars can be bad as well, just harder to determine without testing.  Many of the times, I'll keep my sugars just above normal range when I am driving or doing a long activity alone because the fear of going low is horrible.  Alternatively, being too high can cause adverse effects, like diabetic retinopathy, ketoacidosis, and nerve damage.  All of these things can lead to more complications and a definite reduce in living quality.  Today's post is a bit of a downer, but it's part of living with diabetes.  Nothing can work 100% of the time, and it takes time, energy, and patience to deal with it.  Yes, there are times when things are great, you're always in range, but there are also times where that doesn't happen.  Troubleshooting the good and the bad is hard, but it's an important part of being a diabetic or knowing those signs if you care for someone who is diabetic.

Now that I have my CGM, these kinds of decisions are much easier now.  I can get notified when I'm dropping too quickly, rising too quickly, or have a high or low blood sugar.  Now that it's also integrated in my insulin pump, it's a bit more difficult since I can't have my insulin pump on the bedside table vibrating against the table or ringing out loud.  Most of the time, it's pushed into my mattress and I can't hear or feel it unless I'm just slightly awake and can actually respond to the situation.  Luckily, a low blood sugar usually wakes me up before it gets too bad, high does, but because I feel like if I don't get out of bed, I'll wet the bed.


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