I can now say that I 125% know what a low blood sugar attack (incident?) feels like.
I have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes since 2011. My A1-C was ridiculous at like 15 or so and the dr said that my sugar was in the 500’s.
I was immediately put on Insulin and Metformin and changed many of my habits. I brought my sugar down slowly and have remained on the insulin and pills, but have been considered ‘controlled’ for quite a while.
I’ve had issues with sometimes feeling sick when I don’t eat, and I have had some moments where my blood sugar bottoms out after eating something sweet…which was really a strange feeling.
Fast forward to now.
I have been eating different and excising for weeks now and I stopped taking Januvia and went back on the Metformin.
Let’s just say that Metformin and my stomach don’t like each other and I’ve been having some not so lady-like bathroom issues.
I will try to tell this story without giving you all the gory details. (Unless you want them…and then, just ask! lol)
Thursday night I had eaten dinner (a small steak, corn on the cob, a slice of garlic bread, and a side Caesar salad…and a little while later I had a Skinny Cow chocolate bar).
Difference was that I was pretty late eating because I went to the WW meeting and was pretty much starving. I had a 2 pt bar at the meeting while my mom was getting oriented with the program.
I had some issues using the bathroom and finally felt like I could go. While I was on the toilet (TMI, sorry…I know…but I will spare you the details) I started feeling awful.
Like seriously, really, really awful.
I was dizzy. I felt like I was going to pass out. My vision was messed up. I was sweaty. I was anxious. I was shaky.
I didn’t know what the heck was going on!!
And stupidly, I never even thought it could have been a blood sugar issue. But I should have.
I had all the symptoms of low blood sugar from WebMD.
I have anxiety issues, I thought maybe it was that. I tried to breathe. I tried to talk myself down.
I thought maybe I dehydrated myself suddenly and was feeling the effects from that.
I called my husband to bring me my water. That didn’t help.
I was so scared. Seriously, it was worse than when I had a panic attack and thought I was having a heart attack.
I was also afraid that here I am on the eff-ing toilet doing what I was doing and I was going to pass out and then the paramedics would need to not only come into my filthy house, but they would find me on the floor of the bathroom in such a state that omg, I can’t even imagine it.
I called my husband again and he wanted to know if he should call 911. I said yeah, because I had NO clue what was happening to me!!!
At this point, I also asked him to give me a 2 pt WW bar that was nearby.
The operator told him to test my sugar. It was 82. This was after I had already eaten a bit of candy so I don’t know how low my sugar actually was.
And we realized that my husband needs to learn how to test my sugar, in case of another emergency.
At this point, I felt better, so I finished up what I was doing and went to the living room to wait for the paramedics.
They came in and tested my sugar again and it was 93. I felt soo much better at this point.
I didn’t take a ride in the ambulance, but did this open my eyes and scared the crap out of me!! (My husband too!)
I went to the doctor on Friday and she lowered my insulin. Also, I need to test like I am supposed to and she said to eat some protein before bed.
I am to test regularly, write it down, and report back in a few weeks.
I also had expired strips and hadn’t gotten any supplies since 2012. I called my insurance company and got right on that. I also bought a cheap meter at CVS and will leave that one at work once I get my new meter from the supply company.
I also got some glucose tablets to keep in my purse and at home, I got some hard candy for both also, and I got some diabetic friendly bars to keep in my purse. Just in case.
I am feeling 100% better now, and seriously have had an eye opener on how scary Diabetes can be.
I get it now though, and am going to get back to testing as I should.
Till next time…