Saturday, 16 January 2016

Issue No. 1

Happy Dry January, Saturday (for me this ended yesterday - sorry liver)!
Okay, this isn't a post for the non-diabetes geeks of you (sorry!) but read on if you want to be educated.

Hypoglycaemia (hypo) is the medical term for when blood glucose drops below 'normal' levels (for me, that's between 4 and 7mmol). Having low blood sugars (BS) makes it difficult to function efficiently, my symptoms include; dizziness, shaking, blurred vision and generally feeling low. The lowest I've consciously been is 1.4mmol however I have gone into a severe hypoglycaemia which caused me to have a fit - sad face; sorry to any witnesses. However, hypos can be treated by around 30mml of fast-acting glucose (non-diet drinks).

So with all the medical crap out the way let's get to the real content. 
These low BS can completely get in the way of normal day to day activities and just be a general pain in the arse (aka Diabetes all over). Being the normal 17 year old girl that I am, my bedroom is upstairs which means I have to make it down the stairs in order to treat my hypo. The problem arises when my body decides it needs more glucose in the early hours of the morning.. when it's dark, cold and I've just dragged myself out of bed. As you can imagine, a complete recipe for disaster; how I haven't fallen down the stairs yet I do not know. I'm waiting to wake up one morning in a heap at the bottom - could you imagine?! 

In all seriousness, having hypos in the middle of the night/morning does scare me. Mainly because I rely on my body to wake me up (cheers body) but what happens if it FAILS?? I'd then go into a hypoglycaemia fit, which no one would know about because I'm single, offers welcome, and I would be unconscious. So that leaves me in quite a sticky situation. Fortunately, this hasn't happened yet so I guess I'll have to deal with that issue when and if it arises.

I hope this blog post gave you a quick snapshot into the life of a type one diabetic.. this is just one of many every day problems which we face - diabetics reading am I right?

Just before I sign off can I share a HUGE thank you to the support I've received for this blog after just a single post! With 207 views I feel so inspired to carry on sharing my experiences with you. I know I'll read back on this if/when my blog launches and will laugh at a whopping 207 views! But for now that's pretty damn good ;)
Keep reading and stay tuned for the next blog post that'll go live tomorrow at 7pm.


Amber xx

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  1. <3 welldone amber this is great xxx

  2. Keep up the great blogging - it's important to be open and frank about diabetes so people understand how much of a ball ache it is.

    My t-1 mum and bro keep a bottle of lucazade in their room for when they can feel a hypo coming on. Might save a trip downstairs.

  3. Was going to say the same thing as the last poster. Why not keep glucose by the bed? I'm slightly surprised that you weren't advised this by the medical team!

  4. Hi guys, yes sometimes I do keep some kind of glucose by my bed. Just being a teen I make life even more difficult for myself ;)
    Thanks for reading!

  5. Great blog. I'm a 200ml OJ carton by the bed girl myself. Looking forward to reading more from u. Always nice to feel a little less alone with T1 :)