Panic from low blood sugar…

So, I’m fighting an urge at this moment.

My blood glucose level is exactly 63 mg/dL as I write this.  I’m trying not to have a knee-jerk reaction right now. I just took 4 glucose tabs (4g carbohydrate each, for a total of 16 g) to treat the low, as well as a small peanut butter and jelly sandwich to sustain a slightly higher blood sugar.

It’s a weird phenomena us type 1 diabetics deal with – the sudden crash of low blood sugar and the panic feeling that coincides with it. It makes you feel like you’re going to die unless you eat right away.  The problem in a panic is that you want to eat everything in sight – a habit I began several years ago and it has not fared well for me. I think it has some to do with being overweight.

But I have been trying to do better about managing my diabetes. So, I did the treatment, and I’m writing this to keep my mind busy, so I don’t give in to the panic and begin eating everything in sight.  Hopefully by the time I’m done writing this, my blood sugar rises to an appropriate level.

I’ll check now…

Now, ten minutes later it is 119 mg/dL – I might have over-treated slightly, with the sandwich.  I’ll have to check again in a little while, but I feel encouraged that I did not give in to the over-reaction.

Eff it!

I’m calling this a success, I effing deserve it today!

5 thoughts on “Panic from low blood sugar…

  1. While I am not diabetic my sugar crashes and it does make you feel terrible. I will eat like a madwoman to feel better. Its crazy because I crave sugar, a lot, ever since I quit drinking.

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  2. I’m sorry you had to go through that. As a fellow type 1 diabetic, when my sugar crashes really bad I do the same thing. It’s like the logic of “oh, and you have to wait a few minutes before what you’ve eaten shows in your blood sugar” disappears completely. And you’re like: What can I eat!? Can I eat that!? I’m gonna eat that. But is it even carbs? Well, I sure hope so. Haha.
    When I get severe panic during a low, I usually stack up with glucose gels around me so that I know that I can, IF it doesn’t get better in a few minutes, have more sugar. That makes me breathe it out at least. Don’t know if it’ll help at all but it’s a thought.
    And, for the record, I’d call it a success too! You rock! xx

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