The Diabetes Roller Coaster. It is an exhausting, frustrating ride that is not fun at all. There are 2 ways to experience this ride: 1) have low blood sugar, eat, and skyrocket into high blood sugar or 2) have high blood sugar, take insulin, and plummet to low blood sugar. All of this happens usually within a few hours. Just like a regular roller coaster, it makes me want to scream!
I had an unwanted ride on the Diabetes Roller Coaster earlier this week. I had relatively normal blood sugars during the day, but when I tested before bed, I was 328. So much for going to bed! I took some insulin and stayed up an extra hour to make sure my blood sugar was going down. And did it go down! About 4 hours after I took the insulin, I dropped to 49. I then had to take juice, and luckily I woke up with normal blood sugar!
It’s bad enough dealing with the symptoms of just high or low blood sugar. Going from one extreme blood sugar to the other takes a major toll on the body and is even more exhausting. The morning after the ride I didn’t want to get out of bed. I just wanted to sleep!
It is very frustrating because a lot of times these crazy blood sugars occur for no obvious reason. It’s even more frustrating when I think I’m giving myself just enough insulin or food to bring my sugar in normal range, yet I get the opposite extreme blood sugar. I then feel like I’m not doing a good enough job. But in reality, I’m doing as well as I can. So many factors affect blood sugar, and the amount of insulin I give to lower my 300 level one time may be too much or too little the next time. I just hate that this unpredictability sets me up for a ride on the Diabetes Roller Coaster!