As promised, the Not-So-Good Day of Diabetes. When I was trying to decide which "Not-So-Good Day" experience to post about, I had too many to choose from. On this occasion I choose this one because it's not all to do with diabetes. It's the other stuff that affects diabetes or vice versa.
When I wrote this post I hadn’t had an uninterrupted night's sleep in about 4 nights. It’s my diabetes but it’s not just that. It’s the decisions I make too. Like to have 2 squares of chocolate with insulin just before bed. It’s my son having very loud dreams and it’s words in my head that need to go in a blog post that I’m compelled to record in the middle of the night.
The other night, for example, I attended our local diabetes support group meetup. I’m always wound up when I come home from those because I get to hang out with some members of my tribe. So, I have a cup of herbal tea and chat it out with hubby. I got to bed a bit later than usual. And then, I realised that I had to do an insulin pump set change. Ahhh!
About an hour later, I could hear noises, always freaky but at least I wasn’t the only adult in the house and it didn’t lead to a panic attack. After a couple of minutes of intent listening, I figured out that it was my son in the next room who talks in his dreams… very loudly. I listened for a couple more minutes to make sure he wasn’t in a terrifying battle with a velociraptor or something. He wasn’t and I tried to get back to sleep.
Another short time later, I woke up with words in my head that related to a blog post I had been working on earlier that day (not this one) and I had to come downstairs to my laptop to get them out of my head so that I could fall asleep.
So far a series of un-diabetes calamities. That is until 3am. My Continuous Glucose Monitor alarm went off to let me know I was below the low limit. Up, test, take glucose. Thankfully it was just 4.8 mmols/l (86 mg/dl) so not a hypo but a warning of a hypo.
Next up 4am, low blood sugar alarm goes off again. This time I just took glucose tabs without testing and went back to sleep.
While technically, this is a not so good night but I don’t hold out much hope for the rest of the day.
Later in the afternoon it was hypo time again. My blood sugars just would rise above 3 & 4 mmols. The result is a very queasy tummy at almost dinner time.
Being tired does not help diabetes at all.