Overcoming fear

By elucero Latest Reply 2012-12-31 11:13:11 -0600
Started 2012-12-29 14:22:14 -0600

I have an extreme fear of low and high blood sugars. I have been in the emergency room for highs (above 600) and blanked out for lows (25 lowest I can recall). My goal is to lose weight through diet and exercising. I have always been afraid to exercise alone because of my diabetes. The usual remedy is to face your fear and get over it, how am I supposed to face this? Ideas? I'm working out daily now but I am home and someone is always with me. As the cowardly lion would say "COURAGE, can the wizard give me Courage?"

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Nick1962 2012-12-31 11:13:11 -0600 Report

Well, I’m no wizard, but it might be possible to get yourself to a point where you don’t have to worry about it as much. I see you’ve been pumping for a while. That alone should take away some of the anxiety, but it sounds like you haven’t yet gotten to know yourself and fallen into a “control routine”.
I know when I exercise (unlike others) my numbers go up, so any fuel I take in beforehand, whether it’s yard work or dedicated exercise, has to be pure protein – little to no carbs.
Because I tested a lot early on, I know how much my standard meal spikes me and when it wears off. This tells me when it’s snack time and I avoid the lows. I didn’t know what a CGM was, or even what types of meters were available when I was DX’d, so I actually set up a chart and plotted a curve in an Excel spreadsheet (pretty low tech). I have a fairly boring, routine eating plan that, because of all that testing, I know keeps me in the good range all day. Sure I step out from time to time, but not by much, or I compensate. Being proactive and getting into a routine with your diet (and sticking to it), once you’ve learned what foods give you what results, goes a long way in leveling out the highs and lows.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-29 15:41:32 -0600 Report

Fear can cause stress and stress can cause changes in blood sugars. I have never had blood sugar that high or that low. I simply pay attention to what I am eating. I also refuse to live in fear of anything although I am not going to put myself in a position that will cause me to be afraid or in a dangerous situation.

Only you can face your fear and only you can do something about it. If you test before exercising and your blood sugar is low, exercise will lower it. You have to eat before you exercise or do not exercise and eat to raise your blood sugar.

Your fear has made you co-dependent on someone else and causing that person living with you to wait until you exercise before they can do what they want to do. What happens if you are alone and not exercising? What happens if the person decides they need to do something and is gone for hours? Suppose you are walking down the street and pass out? It sounds like you should be monitoring your blood sugars more closely instead of fearing something that may or may not be preventable. I also think you should seek professional help regarding this fear. Sometimes fear of one thing is actually fear of something else. Good luck to you.

elucero 2012-12-29 15:53:27 -0600 Report

Ah! Haven't thought about that… It's the feeling I had during those times. It was then that I realized how dangerous uncontrolled bg is. You're right about the codependency. However; I can be alone anytime just will not exercise alone. When my bg was outrageously high it was because I exercised with bg at 240 and after exercising it just kept climbing. Hence the fear factor. No fun watching highly educated doctors scratch their heads while my bg goes thru the roof. I don't think I have any other fears with the exception of zombies. Haha! So an underlying fear hummm something to think about. Thank you!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-29 15:58:44 -0600 Report

OMG too funny, have not encountered a zombie. Have you seen an endo doc? Have you thought about a food journal? This could help get your numbers under control and let you keep track of what and how much you are eating.

elucero 2012-12-29 16:05:05 -0600 Report

Yes I've been type 1 for 17 years and only seen endo. I've never had this fear until the two episodes now I'm a chicken. Both occurred after exercising. I'm glad you responded because now I'm thinking about what you said about my poor hubby not being able to do things until I'm done. I've never thought about it that way and I realized how selfish that it. I'll never forget those words thank you so much! And yeah I hated zombies since night of the living dead! And now it's worse. Those suckers can RUN AT YOU! YIKES!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-29 19:37:48 -0600 Report

I saw Night of the Living Dead at the movies at Midnight on Halloween Night back in the 70's. I had a 74 Buick Wildcat and my sister girlfriend and I were all on the front seat. We left the theater terrified. I then watched the one with the zombies in the mall. I could not go to the mall after dark or made sure I was out before dark. I can't even watch horror movies or even read horror books and I use to love them. Yes when it comes to zombies I am a wimp.

I just think your fear is unfounded and that not knowing what your numbers were before exercising caused you to faint because your numbers were too low. Sometimes things that happen to us are our own fault.

manapua72 2012-12-29 15:11:35 -0600 Report

I never been over 600 that I know of . As for the lowest I don't what my lowest has been , but yesterday my low was 52 … As for getting your #'s stable others may have more knowledge etc to answer . All I can say is what is working for me an insulin pump … U might even look into a CGM ( continuos glucose monitor ) … Then u would know u were going low and could treat it …

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