Not Always Consistent

The past few days I’ve not Ben getting much of anything done; I’ve irritated my back somehow and haven’t been very active in any aspect. I’m having a tough time even concentrating to work on Sunday’s lesson. So, I thought I’d burn a few minutes this afternoon with an attempt, hopefully not a terrible one, at a post.

This past Sunday I had another “event” as I was teaching a lesson on the parable of the wheat and the tares. About 15 minutes into the lesson I began to fell off- sweaty, “cotton” mouth-thirsty, a bit disoriented, and having trouble speaking clearly. I remembered these symptoms being on a fact sheet my FNP gave me pointing toward hyperglycemia, high BG. I the past I’ve had hypoglycemic, low BG, episodes and they always have similar symptoms: shakiness, cold sweats, and at times a slightly nauseous feeling. I assumed I was having a hyperglycemic event and pushed on.

That day we had an appreciation dinner for our pastor after church. I also forgot my meter at home that day. This meant I couldn’t check my BG to be sure of the cause, or check it at all, for several hours. I ate safety at the dinner, avoiding many carbs with extra vigilance.

I posed the question on the diabetes support form I’ve become a member of, along with more details of the day, food I’d had, etcetera, hoping to get some experienced advice from the group. And the folks there didn’t disappoint!

What I knew, that without the meter to test, it was impossible to say for sure the cause of what happened was confirmed. But I also learned that hypoglycemic incidents can have the same symptoms as hyperglycemic ones and the majority of the “veterans” thought I was experiencing a low, not high, event. This really surprised me, especially since my past experience didn’t align with that – or did it?

After thinking long and hard about it, I realized the last time I’d had a low the symptoms were almost exactly the same as the ones I had this past Sunday. It seems that depending on a number of factors, there aren’t necessarily any constant in how one will feel during a low; you might feel one way one time and very differently the next. This unwelcome news is very unpleasant for me to learn; I was hoping “experience” would help me to predict what might be happening to my body, but that’s not the case. I can learn how foods effect me and mostly count on that, but it ends there pretty much.

At least I know now that for a type 2 diabetic lows are much more common than highs and I should be safe and treat anomalies as lows if I have no way to test. And nearly as important, maybe more so really, it was reinforced how important taking that meter with me is. It’s a shame that I can’t store an extra meter and strips in the truck (like I do with a package of glucose tabs and peanut butter packet) so I don’t have to be concerned with forgetting it. But the meter and strips, especially the strips, aren’t made to withstand the fluctuations of being left inside a vehicle for any amount of time. I reckon that the more time I “log” as a T2 the apt I’ll be to forget my essentials behind when I’m on the road.

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