Sunday, April 15, 2007

What is with these low blood sugars??




I woke up the other night to my incredibly rapid heartbeat. I rushed to the kitchen on my adrenaline only. Shakily loaded my glucometer and pricked my finger.

22.

What?

The terror sets in as I immediately feel lower. (Isn't it amazing how seeing the numbers in front of you makes you begin to feel the low.)

Juice. The only thought running through my mind. Juice and air. I felt like I was on fire. My entire body was sweating.

I drank three boxes of juice and proceeded to eat everything that was in sight. I cannot go with out over treating lows like that.

The only thing that was making me feel better was to eat and eat and to sit on the cold ceramic tile with my head in the bottom of the refrigerator.

Finally, as I became coherent, I slowly made my way back to my bedroom and went back to sleep.

The next day all I could think about was how I continued to sleep as I plummeted.

What if I hadn't woken up? What if? Why did it take until 22 to wake me up?

...and now federally funded stem cell research will once again be vetoed. What are we going to do? What if we don't wake up the next time?

Maybe I am just feeling sorry for myself.

Maybe not.

10 comments:

Kris said...

Oh my gosh! That is so scary. I'm sorry that happened and thank goondess you woke up. You have every right to feel sorry for yourself. Anyone in your situation would feel the same. (((HUGS)))

Scott K. Johnson said...

Wow! 22 mg/dl is pretty low!

Glad that you made it through without needing help. I too tend to over treat my lows - and would have done probably exactly the same thing you did.

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Nikki - THAT was a low hypo! Glad you got through it! I have been in the same boat and the thing is that it is so hard going through this year after year after year. THAT is what wears on you. It never ends. Scared of hypers, scared of hypos - particularly in the night. Hypos can be pretty scary at that number any time of the day!

Anonymous said...

Scary, scary. You did wake up, though. I know this is going to be hard, but I would set two loud alarms across the room, three if necessary, for 2:30 a.m., which is when most people have their lowest point. Maybe investigate one of the continuous monitors, not as expensive if you recalibrate. And we must all vote next election to make sure next President will support stem cell research (meaning, don't support Republican candidates this time, please!) We have to try again. We have to get the stem cell research enhancement bill passed. Meanwhile, let us not neglect to vote out all the Senators and members of the House of Reps who voted NAY on this bill! One year and a half to go...... I will be glad to locate and post a list of all Senators who voted NAY on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Anonymous said...

Re: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 which will be vetoed. Please give these Senators a ringy-dingy and let them all know how you feel! Feel free to circulate these numbers and give to any you know with Parkinsons, ALS, M.S., Spinal Cord injuries, Alzheimers, etc. Here is a list of Senators who were No Votes or voted No for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007. There are more, but these are the Democrats who voted No or were No Votes and the Republicans who are serving under Democratic Governors:
Dodd, Christopher(D-CT) NO VOTE!
Phone(202)224-2823
Fax(202) 224-1083
Landrieu, Mary L.(D–LA) NO VOTE!
Phone (202) 224-5824
Fax (202) 224-9735
Nelson, E. Benjamin- (D-NE) NAY
Phone (202) 224-5274
(202) 224-6551
Fax (202) 228-2183
Sununu, John E.- (R–NH) NAY
Phone (202)224-2841
Fax (202) 228-4131
Casey, Robert - (D-PA) NAY
Phone (202) 224-6324
Fax (202) 228-0604
Domenici, Pete - (R–NM) NAY
Phone (202) 224-6621
Fax (202) 228-3261
Kyl, Jon- (R-AZ) NAY
Phone (202) 224-4521
Fax (202) 224-2207
Thomas, Craig- (R-WY) NAY
Phone (202) 224-6441
Fax (202) 224-1724
Allard, Wayne- (R - CO) NAY
Phone (202) 224-5941
Fax (202) 224-6471
Bunning, Jim- (R - KY) NAY
Phone (202) 224-4343
Fax (202) 228-1373
Coburn, Tom- (R - OK) NAY
Phone (202) 224-5754
Fax (202) 224-6008
Corker, Bob- (R-TN) NAY
Phone (202) 224-3344
Fax (202) 228-0566
Enzi, Michael B.- (R - WY) NAY
Phone (202) 224-3424
Fax (202) 228-0359
Grassley, Chuck- (R - IA) NAY
Phone (202) 224-3744
Fax (319) 363-7179
Inhofe, James M.- (R – OK) NAY
Phone (202) 224-4721
Fax (202) 228-0380
McConnell, Mitch- (R – KY) NAY
Phone (202) 224-2541
Fax (202) 224-2499
Voinovich, George V.- (R-OH) NAY
Phone (202) 224-3353
Fax (202) 228-1382

George said...

OMG! I am sure we would all over treat that low of a BG. That would have scared me into eating a bag of sugar!

gina said...

That is scary, I had a low at 3am yesterday morning and i was 50 and felt exactly the same way. I think that is the main reason I cant sleep at night, because i always think i am going to go into a coma in the middle of the night.

BetterCell said...

The yearning for a better treatment and cure can only take place if we know what is really available.
In an article posted from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia which was released 5/4/07, it was reported that:

Diabetes researchers, investigating how the body supplies itself with insulin, discovered to their surprise that adult stem cells, which they expected to play a crucial role in the process, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the insulin-producing beta cells themselves divide and replenish their own population. The basic science finding may point to new future diabetes treatments.

So, not all things are stem cell involved. This is not about politics, but more about Science and Common Sense.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, the wonders of being Type I and of hypoglycemic unawarness!
I know it all to well.
I have awoke in the hospital E.R. more than once when I wouldn't "wake up".

Anonymous said...

WOW!That was a big time low. But I feel for you. Believe me I know I have been having lots of them as late. One that ended me up in the emergency room on a Friday night.The lowest I have ever been is 32 and that was when I was taking care of my mom after her brain surgery. Believe I know how scary it can be.I can tell during the night when I am having a low I have nightmares shake and sweat I have to force my self to get up to check it. If that happens to many times were you get lows at night set an alarm to make sure u get up to check your gloucose levels say around 2 that is my doctor has suggested to me. I hope things go well for you. take care.