Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Is it Anxiety or is it Low Blood Sugar??? My Constant Dilemma

One of the biggest issues I have with being a T1D and taking insulin is that


Okay, that's not entirely true.  When I start shaking and get lights flashing before my eyes, I know it's low blood sugar.  But the a-l-m-o-s-t too lows can be quite confusing.

Take today for example.  I went to my acupuncturist and I was feeling hyper.  I told him I was stressed by work and family issues and I wanted him to focus on stress today.  He was wonderful, as usual, and I did breathing and meditation during my treatment.  I walked out of there feeling much, much better.

But by the time I'd made the gas station detour and was heading home, that hyper-stressed-anxious feeling was back.  I walked in my front door, took an anti-anxiety pill, and then realized, a few minutes later, that nothing was happening.  I grabbed my Ping meter and sure enough, it registered a 65.  That's not terribly low (I have been MUCH lower) but it's low enough to make me feel anxious.

Half a glass of OJ later, and I'm good to go!

Have you had this experience?


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Jerald Griffith said...

People are sometimes confused whether their case is caused by low blood sugar or just plain anxiety, especially if they’re a Type 1 case. I think a good idea would be to have your Ping meter handy just in case you get one of these attacks so that you don’t get confused.

Jerald Griffith

Tim Crawford said...

Wow. That really goes to show how we really need to be extra careful when we have diabetes. We never really know when we’ll be hitting a low on our blood sugar. Maybe you can have a portable one so you can carry it anywhere just to be sure. Take care next time okay?
Tim Crawford