So, if you read my Twitter / Facebook feed you’ll know that for some reason – for about 5 days earlier in the week – I thought I was perhaps CURED after almost 50 years with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). I wasn’t the only one having the same thing happening – other T1D mates of mine were having the same lows like I was – tho’ for me – I wasn’t rebounding up (e.g. blood sugar spiking high) – but I was having the opposite – of going lower or not moving at all from a range of 3.5 – 4.5 mmol/l (63 – 81 mg/dl). Sometimes I would go lower, and this was just on my basal insulin – which currently is Lantus while I’m taking a siesta from George Michael my Animas 2020 pump since the beginning of the year.
Of course, things have gone back to normal, but still, times like this, where we feel like we are detectives, trying to figure out what is the cause of the crime is sometimes so frustrating that at that point – diabetes takes over your life – as you try to accomplish what you want to do – but blood sugars (BG) are not cooperating. Even worse for me, with the onset of menopause and thyroid acting up, I’ve been told to shed weight. This is so hard to do, trying to lose weight, when you are having to stuff your face with sugary things to keep your BG in balance. Of course, after having a low blood sugar (hypo) it makes some of us exhausted, sleep head folks. I’m very lucky that of course, these 5 days of being low, were during my days off from work, when I have so much to do at this time of the year with Spring clean up, getting ready for the sailing/motorcycle season. If you heard a lot of screaming coming from up north in Canada – that was moi – frustrated as all hell, as I laid on my comfy couch in the spare room, cat in my crotch purring with contentment of a human pillow. I feel so unproductive at times like this – when I have so many plans – and poof – with a low BG’s that last more than just 1 day but goes on for many- … this is when I hate being a diabetic!!! This is when FatCatAnna is not a happy cat like she appears to all she meets and greets! On top of dealing with hormonal changes, I’m surprised during those 5 days I wasn’t ready to be locked up with the ups/downs of mood swings .
Now that the warmer weather is occurring (Spring is very short here in Montreal, boom, suddenly we are having summer like temps) – more of my neighbours that I chat to during the year are coming out of their homes. One of my neighbours is a Type 2 diabetic (T2D) – and her sister who lives close by is always coming to me to ask for advise on her. She says her sister eats too much bad food, doesn’t test her blood sugars enough, yadda, yadda, yadda. I always ask her, is she seeing her doctor, is she getting ill frequently, is she happy? Of course, the answer is, yes, she’s doing fine. So, I try to tell the sister that if she’s okay – then not to worry too much - but that she is a good sister for caring. Now, if she was losing weight/gaining weight drastically, getting ill, then there would be concern to worry I told her.
My neighbours sister asked me how I was doing. Of course, I told her about having low blood sugars and saying I’d been CURED (I was joking of course). She looked at me and wondered how could I have diabetes – since I look so healthy. Nice compliment I told her, but sadly my T1D doesn’t just go away like that – I’m on insulin for the rest of my life. She then cried out when I told her that I’d had T1D for almost 50 years.
I explained to her the difference between T1D & T2D. T1D is an autoimmune disease - - and your body makes little or no insulin at all and then T2D is usually age related or being overweight along with insulin you produce not being used efficiently. She then went onto tell me that 2 of her other sisters also have diabetes and just on pills. I’m not sure if what I told her will be retained in her memory banks – but like many T1D’s – we always have to explain “our” type of diabetes against the more common T2D. If I really wanted to confuse her, I could have gone on about the other forms of diabetes – but that’s another day of my advocating about diabetes.
On with staying balanced in my little world of cat nip and sunshine!