The other night, Jacob and I arrived home with bags of groceries, ready to get cookin’. I uncorked some wine, put on some cooking tunes, and was about to start chopping garlic when I realized I felt….off. Like exceptionally tired or….something. I was about to brush it off when I thought, maybe I should just test real quick. A finger stick revealed I was all the way down at 52mg/dL, with no other symptoms than “feeling off.” Diabetic intuition led me to test, I suppose.
This year I’ve started to to deal with some hypoglycemic unawareness – more so than I have in my nearly two decades of living with diabetes. This recent low got me thinking about one reason that lows are so challenging (besides the obvious of totally sucking in every respect): symptoms are not consistent.
If every time I dropped below 65mg/dL I was, let’s say, sweaty and dizzy, then I could at least always associate that with a low BG. Many times I do indeed have those symptoms. But I’ve also had the following reactions to a low:
Just feeling “off” or “spacey”
And that one random time I burst into tears while jogging with my best friend – thank goodness she’s a veteran Type 3 and asked “Are you low?” right away followed by “Let’s stop and check your blood sugar.” She’s a good friend, and an excellent diabuddy.
What I’m saying is, the fact that lows can have all sorts of symptoms and vary from person to person and low to low doesn’t help any of us recognize them more quickly – it’s no wonder hypo unawareness increases with duration of disease. By the time you’ve had this disease for 20 years you’ve had more variety in your low symptoms than there are stars in the sky. It kind of gets to the point where any time you feel funny, you’re wondering if you’re low – or high for that matter, but that’s a whole other blog post.
As confusing as this hypo-unaware thing is, I’m grateful for the lows I DO catch earlier, and for my little Dexcom who helps with the tough ones.
Have you ever had any bizarre low symptoms? Feel free to share, and happy Friday folks!