Brrr it's cold and I am dropping!

Set apart
By Set apart Latest Reply 2012-08-01 04:05:50 -0500
Started 2012-07-27 06:17:23 -0500

I have to share with you my latest hands on learning experience regarding my D! When we were fishing last week I was happy, hoping to catch something, and then it started to rain with a cold breeze. Because of my hypothyroid I get cold easily, but this cold was really cold. I had dropped to 64, I thought not too bad so had some lunchable which included protein with crackers. This should have raised my BG and kept it at a safe number for a while. Lo and behold about 45 minutes later I am back down to 44, time to wrap it up. One of our friends on the trip is an RN and she explained to me that my body was trying to raise my body temperature, therefore; burning up all my glucose while trying to do so. I'm sure most of you knew this could happen, but I didn't a new learning experience for me!

52 replies

Lizardfan 2012-07-30 19:53:24 -0500 Report

If I have a particularly nasty low that comes back on me like yours did then I get so cold I shake! I have to pile on the covers, use a heating pad etc. to get warm and the next day I am sore from the intense shivering. So sorry this happened to you!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-31 05:54:43 -0500 Report

Thank you, at the time it was uncomfortable, thinking , Now what? But now I am glad that I was able to learn from it and taking some ideas that others have shared I can be prepared next time. Your cold spells sound pretty intense, Sorry about that, I can get cold instantly. We live high in the mountains, love it, but this beautiful evening showers send me running for sweat shirts. I know this sounds crazy, but I dislike air conditioners!

mariantlibrarian 2012-07-29 20:37:22 -0500 Report

Thank You, been dealing with this disease for over 15 years and that's a new one on me too!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-31 05:56:07 -0500 Report

Well I am glad to help, this is why I shared. I wondered if it happened to me it can or has happened to others. Needed ideas and thoughts kn this!

Caroltoo 2012-07-28 21:57:40 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing this. It sounds logical, but I wouldn't have expected it to go so far down either. Glad you had an RN with you and you are doing OK now.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-27 19:58:25 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for the info! I have thyroid issues(mine is gone), but have experienced this and on really hot days as well, so be careful in both types of weather. Not sure if this is a thyroid and diabetes issue or if no thyroid problem it could still happen? Just another thing we diabetics need to watch:(

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-29 17:48:38 -0500 Report

Red I don't have a thyroid problem I just always ate carbs before going out to play in the cold, as a kid. My mother would let us have candy or a jelly sandwich. After about 90 mins we would feel cold so we went in the house. This works for those who are or aren't diabetics because I wasn't diabetic when I first started doing this. To this day I eat extra carbs when going out in the cold.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-28 06:38:17 -0500 Report

Hmmm it's weird you say that because I live in the mountains and I've also been known to open windows in cold weather, and here I thought pre menopause, now what? Lol, oh the mysteries of D!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-29 17:51:43 -0500 Report

Set I have a friend who keeps a window air conditioner in her bedroom window year round. She uses it 365 days a year and it can be at zero outside. She never complains about being cold and I have only seen her in a winter coat 3 times in the 30 years I have known her.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-30 05:53:24 -0500 Report

JJ So much of this makes sense as to wants been going on, when is I should be cold sometimes I get hot or the opposite happens. I also have my house extremely warm into winter with radiant heat on our floors and an old wood stove going! During the winter I wear lots of the cuddle thermals as second layers. I'm very uncomfortable in the cold. I do ear jackets, heavy ones, I'm telling you I really dislike the cold!

2012-07-27 16:50:29 -0500 Report

Thanx. I didn't know that. That is some news that I will definitely will keep on the back burner!!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-28 06:40:50 -0500 Report

I think it's good to know especially if the temperature does affect us like this! Like just Joyce said youve got to carb up extra for these days! Who would have thought, not me.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-27 17:36:31 -0500 Report

I am glad to help - this was sure new to me!

2012-07-27 19:27:31 -0500 Report

Hopefully I'll never get that cold, (living in Southern Calif it's hard to get that cold) but if & when I do I'll just make sure I eat more starchy vegetables. Thanx again Set apart.

jigsaw 2012-07-27 16:18:22 -0500 Report

Glad to hear that your ok ! Did you at least catch a fish and take a sugar pill ??? (-;
Seriously, I do have a friend with a thyroid problem, and he probably has no idea how the cold could effect him, especially having diabetes. A good bit of info! Now I know, if we ever get stuck in the cold, I'll have to share my peanut butter with him. Darn it !!!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-27 19:29:46 -0500 Report

I don't have a thyroid, so I have issues with hot and cold weather all the time. I'm kind of the reverse at times, when hot, I'm freezing or if cold out I'm hot. It is very frustrating, but it does mess with my bg numbers so extra work.

I don't like fish or peanut butter, but could probably eat peanut butter cups if I had to:) By the way, just saw video of the great white breeching the water as well as the 800 lb mako and I know which shark can swim in lakes or fresh water, so if I did fish, I wouldn't any more. I'm a coward!!

jigsaw 2012-07-27 19:42:30 -0500 Report

So your cold when it's hot, and hot when its cold ! Sounds similar to what my wife has. She opens the bedroom windows in the middle of the night when it's thirty degrees outside. I wake up freezing and shaking like a leaf!!! Could be very dangerous for a man!!! (-;

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-27 20:08:12 -0500 Report

Too funny!!! My husband has me move over when getting into bed as my side will be hot on those cold nights so now I start out on his side. I'm sure it drives your wife nuts like me, just wish I could fix it.

jigsaw 2012-07-28 04:17:33 -0500 Report

I can only imagine! (-; Sometimes it feels like there's a furnace lying next to me in bed! Still, opening windows in the middle of winter is going a bit overboard!!!

jayabee52 2012-07-28 13:43:46 -0500 Report

With my 1st wife, I would get in bed on her side until she came to bed. She said she appreciated getting into a warm bed. Then I slept on top of the covers the rest of the night as I was just too hot.

But once I had my ministrokes, (long after the divorce) my body heat changed and I was always feeling cold if the temp was under 80f.

JSJB 2012-07-30 04:12:50 -0500 Report

Same here with my wife. I go to bed and feel comfortable. Then I wake up to the overhead fan on full and a window fan on full. OH, then there is the air conditioner. So I just cover up and get comfortable again:)

jigsaw 2012-07-28 15:12:16 -0500 Report

Sounds like you need the type of woman similar to mine. My wife frequently feels like she just stepped out of an oven, and she throws off an amazing amount of heat. Yep, I think that's what you need!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-27 17:37:39 -0500 Report

Caught some fish, nice ones from the lake. I think with D, we all gotta carry those cute little to go Peanut Butter to go cups! I love my PB and also have a hard time sharing it, lol!

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-07-27 12:12:13 -0500 Report

When I 1st had started to have comps from the diabetes, I was eating dinner at a local restaraunt. I started to sweat profusely and also shake uncontrollably,like I was having hyperthermia. It actually lasted for approximately 2 hours. At this point in time I still find that I get cold very easily . The gustatory sweats still happen wether I smell food or am eating.I have tested my bs and it has been within the aceptable range between 90 to 120 when I find that I have cold spells.

Type1Lou 2012-07-27 09:21:41 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing…I hadn't experienced something similar but will be prepared for it now if I find myself in a similar situation.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-27 10:18:14 -0500 Report

This is why I shared, didn't want anyone else to go through this without knowing. I wasn't aware of this and since your metabolism needs to work harder to regulate your body temperature, of course it needs to burn carbs, hence glucose is going to drop!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-27 08:49:07 -0500 Report

This is why our mother always made us eat before going out in the cold to play. When your body gets cold it needs to warm itself which is natural. To do this the body burns glucose. This is why to this day if I have to go out and it is cold, I eat foods that are a bit higher in carbs. It raises my BS some but I don't be as cold and by the time I get where I am going my BS is back where I want it to be.

JSJB 2012-07-30 04:16:14 -0500 Report

I never knew this. Wish I did when I worked outside during the winter. Now I work indoors but will practice this when it gets cold.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-27 09:30:48 -0500 Report

MAkes so much sense, its just strange for me that I am the one having to load up on the carbs, but I know now what I have to do. Thanks.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-27 09:54:08 -0500 Report

Set the other thing is if you are in an office or your home with central air, the AC removes the humidity while cooling the air. The AC also removes moisture from your body so you have to stay hydrated in the house and at the office. In the winter the heat keeps the house warm and also drys it out. So you have to again stay hydrated.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-27 10:16:08 -0500 Report

Thanks, all of this is great information to learn. It seems as if there is so much to learn and be aware of with D.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-27 10:22:12 -0500 Report

Yes it is but a lot of what I know comes from moms home remedies that work and still work for me. There was a reason she forced Cod Liver Oil down our throats from the first day of school until early April. We rarely got sick and to this day my sister and I have never had the Flu.

She use to make homemade wine and she would put wild cherry wine in the Cod Liver Oil. My sister and I still laugh about that. We didn't have a hyperactivity disorder because we were too mellow to be hyper.

MAYS 2012-07-27 07:14:28 -0500 Report

I am glad to hear that you were ok, having diabetes sends us to school constantly, it's a complete learning experience that we never quite master!
The best lessons learned are those that involve us directly, there is nothing better than being taught by experience (although we don't see it at the time).

I hope that you have enjoyed your time away, it's too bad that your diabetes couldn't go out on a vacation of its own!
I wish that mine would!


Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-27 09:32:06 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays, I had a great time, couldn't leave D behind of course. I still have dreams of not having D or my life before it! It's here to stay and I'm going to do everything I have to - to get a grip on it.

cindygal1 2012-07-27 08:50:11 -0500 Report

We live each day by day and have for seven years with his disease. He goes every two weeks to give a pint of blood that they throw away. I just spent four weeks in the hospital with pneuomia, I sih that I could have left my diabetes behind also it would have been much nicer with out and I am allergeric to so many medication theu rally have to hunt to put me on something. We can only hope and Pray for my husband. thanks I would like to be your friend on here.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-27 09:32:56 -0500 Report

I am so sorry about your recent illness. It's so hard sometimes with D, it constantly pokes it's BIG head to remind us of its presence. I would love to be your friend! Best wishes!