For those of you following along, you know all about the trials and tribulations I’ve had since finally coming to grip with having diabetes, and knowing I had to take care of it.
Earlier this month, I had a post talking about how my A1C had dropped to 5.9 – which is amazing, considering where I was when this really hit rock bottom back in March and April.
Needless to say, I’ve been pretty happy.
But all of this doesn’t come without some ups and downs – and a bit of good news.
I’ve had three lows with my blood sugar, and allow me to say it’s pretty scary. When I was consistently high with my counts, I realized how I felt. I dragged and was tired, but could still seemingly function.
The first time I had a low, I was stunned, but thankfully I had symptoms.
What happened was I got really hot and started sweating. I couldn’t cool down no matter what, and felt a little light-headed. Sure enough, I checked and I was in the 60s.
After speaking to the diabetes educator I see, she noted it is good I have symptoms as some people don’t. Now that’s downright scary. She also noted it might be because of one of the meds I was taking.
Now, realize that to avoid insulin all those months ago, I needed to have a second medicine added to my arsenal. She told me it’s possible this second one was making me have the dips. I’ll have more on that in a moment.
Since the initial dip, I’ve had two more. One was in the 60s and the other was a scary 55. That one came when I was driving home from a game, so I knew something was up. Thankfully, it was near the exit ramp I was using, so I went to a nearby store and got some orange juice to help me out.
Allow me to tell you how out-of-control I felt with low blood sugar. I didn’t think I had control of my body and it’s an extremely awkward feeling. In all three situations, though, I was close to a place where I could get what was needed to get me back to normal.
It’s also made me come up with two things I needed to do from now on:
Get a second Glucometer that can travel with me so I don’t always have to remember to bring mine.
Carry glucose tablets/shots, in case of anymore low times.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve also had a couple of bumps, mainly during fasting times. It confused me, too, as I couldn’t figure out why I would be having dips – especially when I had been in bed and not eating,
Was I sleep-walking and eating?
Turns out that theory probably wouldn’t hold any water.
It seems that if you go that period without eating, another part of your body (the kidney or liver, can’t remember which) releases some insulin or something … basically, your body is trying to help you, but it gives too much, Or something like that.
The downside of all this is me not being 100 percent in range over the past 14 days. I’m not, however, as worried about it as I keep learning more and more about my body and what certain foods and drinks do to it.
But out of this, comes good news.
Remember a few months ago when my A1C (long-term blood sugar numbers) was in the 9s? Talk about crazy. That deal to stay off insulin was to lower that and all. But at the same time, I was put on a second medicine to help.
Do you remember all that?
Well, either way … that second medication? It’s gone. My primary provider said he thinks I’ve made strides well enough and that medicine wasn’t a high dose, so he pulled me off of it. I still have them, just in case over the next week to 10 days I see a bad reaction. If not, I still have them if the doctor wanted me to get back on them.
Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that.
I’m also losing weight at the right pace. I don’t believe in getting off through fads and such. I need to do it the best I can. It seems like I am averaging about a pound a week. But more than that is around the waist. It might not be full pounds, but I am losing that. My pants don’t fit anymore and my belt is slightly too big. That’s a good thing. I foresee some shopping in my future, but holding off as long as I can!
One thing is for sure, I’m heading in the right direction. It takes a lot of work and I know I need to do more (now that softball is over, for example, I need to do more with physical stuff), but I am going in the right direction. It’s totally worth it as I feel 100 times better than I have in the past year and I know I’m way more healthy than I was before.
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