mood swings and energy levels!

andy1979
By andy1979 Latest Reply 2014-11-05 07:34:53 -0600
Started 2014-10-23 05:23:45 -0500

My thing is since being diognosed with type 2 diabeties and starting diet and meds , i feel like ive become a jekyl & hyde sort of person. Thing is i have always had strong opinions but its gone to extremes were i actually tell people why they have upset me or are irritating me, Sometimes i know its when my blood sugars are funny or when i have been pushed to work harder in life or work . when my energy levels start to drop significantly, it feels like some people don't understand that things are no longer the same for me . been officially a diabetic over 2 months and still getting head around it.


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Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-10-28 10:49:14 -0500 Report

I have noticed this change in myself as well. I can get really cranky and have become much more outspoken about it than I used to be. I had a big scene with a friend (who was speaking on behalf of another friend) about me being so picky about where we go to eat together on a weekly basis. My choices were always shot down and we usually ended up going wherever the other friend wanted to go. Her favorite places had few healthy selections and I was just getting tired of only being able to order a salad. How would you like to only have a salad every time you went to a restaurant with friends? I wouldn't have made such an issue about it but the friend began to advise me about what I could and could not eat and made unsolicited suggestions on how I could manage my glucose. It isn't as though she was a qualified expert on the topic! That's pretty much when I lost it and reduced the woman to tears by telling her what I thought of her advice and how I would prefer that she mind her own business. I don't eat out with those friends any more. They are free to go wherever they like, as am I. They think it's just awful that I made it about the food. Well, in my case it HAD to be about the food.

andy1979
andy1979 2014-10-29 09:02:33 -0500 Report

KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT EATING OUT , I LIVE IN A VERY SMALL CITY AND 2 WEEKS AGO OUT WITH A FAIRLY GOOD FRIEND WHO WANTED TO DO THE 3 COURSE MEAL THING, UP UNTIL MY DIOGNOSIS IT WAS ALWAYS THE DESERT I LOOKED FORWARD TO AND THE ODD FEW GLASSSES OF PROSECCO . SHE DECIDED THAT SHE WOULD HAVE A RICH CHOC0LATE CAKE IN FRONT OF ME AND THEN HAD AUDACITY TO ASK WHY I COULDN'T EAT IT, MY RESPONSE WAS TO ASK IF SHE HAD BEEN DROPPED ON HEAD AS A CHILD AS HER LACK OF KNOWLEDGE REGARDING DIABETIES WAS SCARY.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-10-29 12:26:05 -0500 Report

I'm not proud of myself for my behavior. I'm sure there was a more tactful way of handling it but I just lost it. I had been giving in for weeks and finally reacted to the unfairness of it.

Brenin
Brenin 2014-10-28 12:15:08 -0500 Report

I could gnaw the leg off the first person I see when I have one of these swings…and just as soon as I eat, all is good. Kinda like that candybar commercial where you "just aren't yourself when you're hungry". :-)

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-10-23 06:23:53 -0500 Report

Ahhhh, the mood swings. Yes, they are part of diabetes in physical and emotional ways. High levels will bring out the nasty me sometimes. If I find I am being unduly rude or gruff, I will test to see what's going on.

Sometimes it's not the glucose levels, but just the every day wear and tear on the mind that you have to do things that no one else around you really understands. It's hard sometimes to contain that frustration. Like when your friends keep insisting that "it won't kill you" or "come on, just one bite". It's hard not to use the "leave me alone glare". If you know what I mean.

Energy levels dropping before I was diagnosed often came after a carb heavy meal, which was most every meal for me before. I had what I called the 3:00 sleepies. If I was sitting down, I was sleeping within a few minutes. I hated it. I am not a nap person. Once I got going in my lower carb meals and getting more exercise it helped me a lot. I don't suffer the energy drops so bad. Now it's more likely a drop in my energy that will alert me it's a drop in my glucose levels. That is why you always want a meter.

Your meter can tell you if you can fix it though your body treatment or if you just have to make an attitude adjustment. It does get easier to manage both causes the longer you are in the game.

andy1979
andy1979 2014-10-23 18:40:53 -0500 Report

Thanks its just not me then, thing is i know that some of my friends would call me a placid human but not lately. even told a female friend to ditch her loser boyfriend as she could do better during a potential hypo ie sweats and mild confusion.

Brenin
Brenin 2014-10-29 07:48:31 -0500 Report

Pardon me if what you typed made me laugh out loud.

andy1979
andy1979 2014-11-04 18:56:31 -0600 Report

glad i could make someone smile , just if im honest some people really get on nerves and i know lately my skills in diplomacy arent working as well as usual . you could say the diabeties has fukd them up as well as my internal organs. diabeties the gift that keeps on giving. A FEW YEARS AGO I THOUGHT I WAS INVINCIBLE, I REALISE NOW THAT AM A MERE HUMAN OF EXTRA THICK LAYERS AND BIG BONED . THANKFULLY I AINT LOST MY HUMOUR DESPITE IT ALL, IM ALIVE DESPITE BEING LIKE MOGWAI OFF GREMLINS SOME OF TIME, THEN LIKE THE WATERED ON VERSION ON OTHER OCCASIONS.

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