Stressing out over numbers.

By bettymachete Latest Reply 2010-07-30 16:56:55 -0500
Started 2010-07-28 10:08:33 -0500

I need some advice from you guys. For the past few days, I have had so much going on. My son broke a bone a few days ago and we had been worried that he would be needing sugery. Now my day in the hospital ER with him was not good, surprising as it was I couldn't find any diabetic friendly food there except for a bag of sunflower seeds which I tried to slowly eat. When I got home from the hospital I took my bg and yep I was 190. I have not been able to get back down to my normal levels since then, despite being very careful about eating and doing what I can to excercise. Could this be stress induced highs or is my metformin begining to stop working?

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RAYT721 2010-07-28 20:35:39 -0500 Report

Bette… I cant say a thing about meds. I know nothing. But I was recently in the ER/hospital with my wife (Sat-Mon) and had the same kind of issues you were facing… fear, frustration, stress. I knew that I had to eat but didn't want to eat and ended up with a 12 hour fast. I wasn't hungry and felt that if I ate I would not keep it down. They had a McDonalds and Subway in the hospital but I was lucky to grab some peanut butter fiber bars so stop the shaking. I don't know if I had high or low BG at that time. I didn't have my meter. But I was running around with a t shirt that read, "your village called - their idiot is missing." Could that be why I couldn't get anyone to make eye contact with me??? How is your son doing now? I am sorry to hear about the accident. I am hoping to hear really good reports on both of you. Just a word of advice (been there) to take a little break from being Super Mom and go out to a store in the area to get the things you need or pack a bag for such needs that will give you what you need. I was able to finally find a drug store to get some cheese, yogurt, fiber bars, nuts, etc. My friend, in the event of a plane issue you are to put your mask on before you assist others. Let that theory work for you with hospital needs too. You won't be in good health (physical, emotional, etc) if you don't need to YOUR needs before the needs of those who need you. Got it???

bettymachete 2010-07-28 22:44:17 -0500 Report

I wanted to thank you and everyone for the the kind words and advice. I was really shocked to see the menu at the cafe at the hospital, everything was fried or thick with gravy or fried with gravy the "veggies" were mashed potatoes, baked beans and corn. They had truly MASSIVE desserts. I had to make sure I was still in the hospital. The only salad they offered were tiny prepackaged trays. How in the world can a hospital offer such poor choices?!?! It was disappointing and eye opener. Aren't the medical experts working there?

My son is doing better now, he will not be needing surgery and is expected to heal in about 8 weeks. He's just very uncomfortable and would much rather be doing his thing outdoors, so he's restless and irritable.

You're right I have to take care of myself in order to take care of the others. I am still showing higher than normal numbers but I am just gonna do what I can to not worry/stress about it as much as I have been. And no doctor appointments till next week so no running from here to there so I will take a few days off to really focus on some quiet time for me.

Thank you all

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-29 13:48:49 -0500 Report

Happy day Betty,

Sounds like things are better than well w/you & yours. Glad to know your son is home & do not need surgery. Now to you know that I will be standing on the wall 4 you concerning you having these stress attacks about what to eat. I understand what you are going thru been there w/Michael.This is what I do for Michael I keep a small insulated lunch tote pked for him. With 2 bottles of water some nutritional bars 3/4 & peppermints (never know when sugar may drop). This is @ the door everyday in case he goes out w/o me. Now if we are together then I add fruits (2) some raw baby carrots (he loves) & make a sandwich are 2. This way if we are somewhere & can't something to eat (correct food) then he/we are covered.

Also because money is an issue w/us (not having alot) we try not to spend if we don't have to. He has learned to grab that bag everyday he walks out that door rather I am w/him are not. It took awhile but when he was out w/o any money & was hungry & getting weak then he realize that he may be grown but not always a smart in actions. So on that note try to change somethings that will benefit all in your home. Because when we are together there is also stuff in there for me. I like not spending now since I see how much we are saving. To God be the glory for the things He has done is doing & will do. May God continue to share His mercy & grace upon you & yours (((( HUGS)))) for all in your home.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.

RAYT721 2010-07-29 18:02:45 -0500 Report

I would walk around the cafeteria looking for saner and safer options before making my selections. Even my wife (non diabetic but gastric serious about reducing carbs) was given higher carb options she didn't want… breads, rolls, cereal, orange juice, etc. Thank God there was a drug store in walking distance to get better choice snacks from the retail world than in their own hospital kitchen or cafeteria. What part of low carb are they having the problem with???

healthygir1 2010-07-28 19:55:10 -0500 Report

that's the ironic thing about hospitals. i love it when they have mcdonald's and burger king in there…

try to relax, broken bones are easily fixed, and if your son is young he will heal in no time!
all the best,

GabbyPA 2010-07-28 19:39:14 -0500 Report

Yep. Stress is one of the most misunderstood causes of raised levels. We don't realize how much stress we have on a daily basis until our numbers start to tell on us. Tattle tales...aren't they?

One thing I do have to be careful of is letting my life become just a bunch of numbers. Always keep an eye on things, and I am not advocating reckless abandon...but sometimes, numbers become who we are, and that is not right. Our bodies are so complicated in how they were designed to deal with all that life throws at us. Should we be so convinced that we know how to control what our bodies were built to deal with naturally. It's a lot of responsibility to take that on.

So breathe deep. Relax and find a way to calm the stress and let your body heal. I know you, it will come. Don't let those numbers add to the stress. Let them be your trigger to let it on the inside....then you will glow on the outside.

Harlen 2010-07-28 12:03:33 -0500 Report

YES Big time
It makes mine go way up and some times it takes a bit of time to get it all down .
Best wishes

petals 2010-07-28 10:48:41 -0500 Report

Yes, it is stress. Sometimes it takes a while for our bodies to recover from the stress . So try not to cause yourself more stress by worrying about your numbers, just relax if you can. Give your body time to deal with being stressed out, everything will return to normal soon.

MAYS 2010-07-28 10:31:38 -0500 Report

You are correct in assuming stress is the culprit in your rising blood glucose level.
Once we see signs such as rising glucose levels, headaches, and high blood pressure readings we know that our bodies are working overtime and harder to correct something that is wrong thereby causing more stress.

I hope that all is well with your son, as a parent I can relate to your situation.


bettymachete 2010-07-28 10:46:30 -0500 Report

Thank you Mays, this seems to be a vicious circle. I knew stress could raise your numbers but this is days where it hasn't gone down. Which, stresses me out more it seems. Adding the care of my child and probably not getting the sleep I am used to because of it due to getting up and changing his ice packs and giving him meds in the middle of the night. How do I break this circle? Maybe I should just stop worrying so much about the numbers unless they get crazy and chalk it up to life.

ifnotforme 2010-07-28 10:18:25 -0500 Report

Yes, stress can play a big part in your numbers as well as illness. Whenever I am stressed out or not feeling well, my numbers do stay high. For example, I was on a high blood pressure medication that gave me a horrible cough which would not go away and kept me from sleeping well. My blood sugars were consistently high. Once I changed meds and the cough went away, they went down. Stress also kept my sugar levels high too and once the stress was relieved, the levels went down too. So there is hope that your levels will go down once you get a handle on your stress. I hope all goes well for you.

bettymachete 2010-07-28 10:47:49 -0500 Report

Thank you, you're right I guess I will just have to wait this period out and trust they will ease when all this is over.

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