Do you have a fear of hypoglycemia? I’ve been type 1 diabetic for 44 years now. I can’t possibly count how many hypos I’ve had. I’ve survived hypo seizures that should have killed me. You’d think that after 44 years I’d either be an expert at diabetes, or that I’d at least be used to hypoglycemia, but no, I still fear hypo’s like nobody’s business.
Over the years my hypo symptoms have changed. When I was a kid, my tongue and fingers would tingle. When I reached my teen years, my body would get this weird sensation that I can’t really describe? Kinda like your skin was crawling? Then a little older and I would get berserker angry and my vision would blur. Years later it changed to my sentences not making any sense to those around me, and not being able to speak clearly. Now what happens is that I feel like I have sudden bouts of alzheimers or something. Like suddenly I’ll realize that I can’t concentrate. I’ll be trying desperately to formulate a sentence, and then I realize I can’t, and then I realize it’s because I’m hypo. The overwhelming feeling of not being in control of your mind is terrifying.
So to avoid being hypo, I sometimes do things that I know I shouldn’t. Like if I’ve been battling frequent hypos all day, I’ll eat something before bed, and not bolus, so I can ride the night out high. Or if I’m out of glucose tabs, and I know it, and I want to play disc golf for a couple hours, I’ll eat, and bolus less than I’m suppose to so I don’t have to worry about hypos on the course. I know this isn’t good for me, but if you’ve experienced some of the hypos I have, you’d be saying “right on brother”. Do you do similar things to avoid hypos?
Now, here’s an amusing hypoglycemia story for you. My mom told me this story a while back, and I almost couldn’t believe it. Once when I was about 7 years old, I was acting like my blood sugar was low, so she told me to go check my urine (we used litmus style yellow tape that you peed on back then). Normally I would have gone into the bathroom, but no. What do I do? I walk over to the fridge, litmus tape in hand, open the door, and proceed to pee in the fridge. Yep, I totally did that while hypo. LOL!