Welp...I fell off the face of the earth with this diabetes awareness challenge. Father than catching up let me just cover today and yesterday....highs and lows. The highs and lows are many and often and for reasons that can’t be predicted.
Highs leave me exhausted and like my feet are in cement. Also gives me muscle aches, pounding heart, heavy breathing, among other things. Highs obviously can come from high carb foods, but also from illness, viruses, extreme heat, stress, call me crazy but I’d say also this Bay area smoke has been a stress to my system causing unexplained highs the past week. Highs are annoying and frustrating and make me feel I’ve done something wrong to cause it which isn’t the case. Highs over time can cause health complications like retinopathy, neuropathy, kidney damage, heart disease, and chronic infections and circulation problems.
Lows on the other hand are super scary in the moment. A low is anything below 70. Shaky hands and legs, blurred vision, racing heart, sweaty pin prick sensations, confusion, panic. The loss of consciousness is a very real possibility. With a low you need a fast acting source of sugar like juice, glucose tabs, or a glucagon shot.
Highs have long term complications. Lows have immediate life threatening complications.
Last night my dexcom was alarming urgent low twice within two hours, both while I was sleeping. Both required what felt like carb loading in the middle of the night. The second one triggered a rebound high. Needless to say sleep was difficult after all that.
This invisible illness is exhausting to manage. .
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