Lows do things to us that we have no control over. I’m pretty sure any diabetic can agree with that. When we have low blood sugars, we become, what some may consider, a monster in which we are hit with so many symptoms, such as uncontrollable shaking, fast heartbeat, and anxiety. In reality, going through a low can really bring us down and make us regret saying and doing certain things. I guess you could say that lows can brin out the worst in us.
I can remember countless times in which I went severely low and reacted in ways in which I wish I never had before.
I would become this uncontrollable monster in which I would be angry and very aggressive as I tried to get my hands on anything that could bring my blood sugars back up immediately. Sweat dripping down my face and agitated by what was going on inside of me, I would snap at people trying to help me in those difficult times (sorry Mom!), having absolutely no control over my emotions and actions. There have been several times in which I would wake up in the middle of the night, practically covered in sweat, as I found myself severely low and in need of some fast-acting sugars, running downstairs to completely demolish the kitchen. Now I know those are some pretty heavy visuals of what lows are like, but hey, that’s the truth of what they actually consist of and I believe it is important to share these real-life experiences to show that we’re not alone in this horrible fight against T1D.
At times, going low can make you anxious and scared, which then gets in your head and almost forces you to snap at just about anybody. You may not want to talk to people or be near anybody as you go through a low as you feel that aggression building up inside of you. That’s okay though because eventually, you will come out of that low and be better and stronger than ever! I get it, lows are the worst!
I’ve had my share of bad lows and each time, I feel as though I learn a little something.
I learn how to cope, how to relax, and most importantly, how to treat my low in the safest way possible. Planning is key in eliminating the amount of lows you may have. At one point in my life, I used to go low about 4-6 times a day which drained me both physically and emotionally. After talking to my Doctor and gaining control over my Diabetes, I have successfully dropped the amount of lows I have everyday significantly. Some days I might not go low at all! It’s different for everyone, as some people may struggle from highs more than lows, but just know, help is available.
Lows can be some of the scariest things you can encounter as they can happen at literally any moment of the day and be as aggressive and intense as they decide to be. Though lows are one of the hardest things to deal with as a Diabetic, it takes a few bad moments in which we learn how to deal with them as we become more prepared for lows in the future. Most of the time, we as Diabetics can handle and treat a low like a boss, it’s only in severe cases in which we need some immediate medical attention, but it is up to us to decide how we are going to handle the situation we are given. For example, talking to yourself in a positive sense, whether out loud or in your head, can help you get out of that horrible low and into a good mood. Try telling yourself when you go low how you have always made it out of a low and ended up feeling just fine.
So don’t stress low blood sugars! Lows will come and go, but YOU, a strong and brave Diabetic, are here to stay as we patiently wait for a cure together.
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