Good days and bad days..

By Fyremarshal Latest Reply 2012-01-21 10:46:00 -0600
Started 2012-01-19 16:52:13 -0600

I am sure that this is probably a rhetorical question, but I'll be interested in knowing how many of you have good days and bad days?
It seems like when my sugar decides to go wacky I have a sinusitis attack at the same time making me feel totally miserable.

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Fyremarshal 2012-01-21 10:46:00 -0600 Report

Ohh my goodness, Anne! Sigh.. The other day when I had the bad sinus attack, my blood sugar was low, not low as 31, but then a low number for one person may not be a low number for someone else. For me, 71-74 gets me very weak and lethargic to where I'm about to pass out. So now I'm thinking that my low sugar may have brought on a panic attack. It's the most terrible pre-death feeling I think there is. My sugar seems to be lower more than high. I'm going to have to monitor it more closely and make sure I eat to keep it as normal as possible. I must have had a "Perfect Storm" as far as events go. Sinus attack, low blood sugar then panic attack. Sheese!
Thanks Anne for that info!! You all are the best!!

Fyremarshal 2012-01-21 10:25:07 -0600 Report

Yes the fight or flight is our body's way of getting us ready to do something that is going to require more energy than normal. I can't tell you how this impacts your body. Having the fight or flight kick in and not use the energy can be dangerous in some individuals. When I was a fire captain, there was a month or so where we had a string of "false alarms". The bell would ring at 2:30 A.M. and we'd jump in the rig ready to go then the dispatcher would tell us to "cancel".. After this I could not go back to sleep. After a while I started to have something like "chest pains". After brief research, I found that this type of "good stress" can actually trigger a heart attack. So after so many false alarms we would actually work out for a few mins just to work off the adrenalin.
Another analogy is relative to cars that had carburetors back in the day. If you pumped the gas pedal when the car was cold, it helped it start. If you pumped it when the car was warm (usually does not need gas when it's warm) which my neighbor Ms. Webb did, lol, it would flood out and not start. Too much of a good thing so to speak.
So we have to really watch our stress management. Our body requires that we do!

Fyremarshal 2012-01-21 00:22:58 -0600 Report

You know Graylin, when I was working I would drive almost 2000 miles per month. But this was in stop and go traffic. One time I was on my way home from downtown Los Angeles. I checked my blood sugar before I left and got on the freeway and it was 97. After almost 2 hours in traffic, when I got home I checked my blood sugar it was 167. Basically our bodies release adrenaline which is the fight or flight syndrome. It works perfectly fine if you're able to work off the adrenaline. But if the adrenaline just sits in your body and has nowhere to go it turns to sugar and from that time on it causes problems for us. It was very instrumental in me retiring early, because my blood sugar was too unpredictable depending on what kind of day I had.
Add in some type of illness like what I have been experiencing with my sinus and the vertigo, and you feel almost like you're going to die. It's a horrible experience.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-01-21 00:46:11 -0600 Report

That's kinda what I figured. The flght or flight reaction kicked in. For the last 4 years my system has been stressed to the max. I could feel my stress rising as we discussed death with the Hospice staff. Until I almost died two Januarys ago it was a more academic subject. This time I was remembering how it personally felt. I was also frustrated because how some felow staff were sounding so skeptical about what someone experiences as they are nearing death. When I was calling 911 the early morning the one resident died unexpectedly I was able to work off the adrenaline by doing my job. Sitting around and talking isn't as active. So far my job stresses have not mde for the ups and downs - except for the two training sessions. I think now that I know it stressed me I can better prepare myself mentally so it would be as much of a problem next time.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-01-20 23:32:04 -0600 Report

Good days have suddenly turned into bad when a cold or flu hits me. Also stress can be a problem. Had an inservice two weeks ago about hospice. Tested my BG afterwards and it was 50 points higher than it should have been. We had two residents pass away in the last month. One was expected, the other was a shock to all of us. So the subject matter of the session must have stressed me more than I thought it would. Then this week I had a training session on first aid at work. During it my BG suddenly dropped low. I hadn't had very many episodes of highs or lows lately.

dhopfer 2012-01-19 17:11:38 -0600 Report

I sure have bad days and good days. I am newly diagnosed and have lots of ups and downs. When my sugar gets more weird then usual I feel sick at my stomach like I have a belly bug. Then when I am to high I feel like I have been on a four day bender. Sure is nice to know others feel like I do.

Fyremarshal 2012-01-19 17:16:31 -0600 Report

Thanks! It's such a horrible feeling. And if I do something stupid like don't have a good breakfast or have a snack before lunch, I think my whole body just gets out of whack. And usually I'm having a sinus issue which gives me a feeling of vertigo. The two combined is a miserable thing.

annesmith 2012-01-20 00:00:17 -0600 Report

I have noticed that when my sugars are too off, my resistance goes way down, and I catch the most wicked fevers, viruses. I think I may have a strep throat working on me now. One rule I learned well is to always eat breakfast, even if it is just something small, and to never ever skip that meal. If I skip breakfast, when night time rolls around, I get the shakes , and I suffer seriously bad. I feel for you…yes, this disease is trickier than I thought, and I have technically had it since age 2-4. I have a complex diabetes, and am brittle, so my numbers change very rapidly and unpredictably. I have found that on days I eat a big breakfast with orange juice, I feel on top of the world the rest of the day…I mean, I feel fabulous then. What is very interesting about that is that my sugars when I eat a big breakfast are very high all day long…they never fall below 200 all day, yet I feel fabulous. My body simply does not handle lows very well at all…I mean, almost every bad diabetic seizure I have had was when I was really low…when I am over 170, I feel so good . ANNE

Fyremarshal 2012-01-20 10:05:34 -0600 Report

That is amazing Anne! I think you hit the nail on the head for me when you said never ever skip breakfast. And you're absolutely correct in that I notice when I have a decent breakfast, I usually sail through the rest of the day feeling really really good. My body also does not handle low sugar very well. Yesterday was a very tough day for me, because
my sinus gave me severe pressure and vertigo and my sugar was low.
When those events happen, it's like a diabetic "Perfect Storm", and it takes hours to recover. You guys are my family here, and a source of great help! Thanks for your comments, Anne. Feel free to stay in touch:)

annesmith 2012-01-21 01:12:52 -0600 Report

Your welcome. It seems to me that the lows are more damaging than the highs. I had an excellent emergency room physician tell me that most diabetics die from too many lows, not too many highs. I didn't know that at all, in fact, I always thought it was the opposite. Some diabetics die from too many highs. My dad had a good friend that was diabetic and he kept on drinking red wine, even though he was warned it would greatly harm him. After drinking about a bottle or two a day of the wine, he would always take his insulin. Well, after so many years of doing that, eventually he had to take more and more insulin to compensate…around the age of 65, he went into a serious diabetic coma…his blood sugar when they admitted him to the hospital was 700. They gave him more insulin of course, but he stayed in the coma anyway, never came out of it after about 2 weeks, and he died. It reached a point where even when they increased the insulin, his blood sugar would not come down no matter what. I had a really good friend who was about 40 years older than me, and she said she was diagnosed with two types of diabetes..type 1 and type 2 brittle. She had type 2 for years, it went untreated, then by the time they found it, she was about 52 years old. I visited her in the nursing home one day, when she was about 66 years old, and she all of a sudden went REALLY super low. She just leaned over in her chair all of a sudden and her mouth gaped open and she was having a panic attack at the same time..lows usually bring on panic attacks. I ran and got the nurse. They came running in to her room. They grabbed orange juice, held it to her mouth, as they took her blood sugar before giving her the juice and it was only 31. She could hardly swallow it she was so weak. They shouted because they wanted to urge her strongly to drink it. She drank it, and then her sugar dropped even their surprise. When they retook her sugar it dropped even lower to 29. She was panicked of course, and they tried really hard to relax her. They grabbed crackers and peanut butter, then had her drink more juice after that and it started to bring her out of it. They then had to give her insulin because somehow it jumped way up to 300 something real quick. I felt sorry for her. 2 years later she passed away in the hospital..had gone into another coma—-coma from too many lows…ANNE

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