One of the things I hate the most about Diabetes are the sick days that come with the disease. They don’t happen everyday, and they may not happen very often, however, when they do show up at random, it can be one of the things that make us Diabetics feel like we are incapable of doing what we want to do.
I’m talking about the days in which we may wake up with a super high or low blood sugar that just drains us physically.
These sick days may not even start at the beginning of your day. It can happen at pretty much any part of the day and for some reason, that high or low that you may be experiencing is that like no other. They are not like the typical, daily highs and lows. For some reason, these bad blood sugars “hurt” in a sense and make us feel so horrible, that we practically have to put the day on hold.
This issue has been something that I have been dealing with lately and some non-Diabetics may not understand truly just how difficult these days are.
I struggle very often with waking up from a high (weather it be from over treating a low during the night, to simply having my pump site needing a change), and for some weird reason, waking up from a high physically hurts more than a high appearing throughout the day. Once I am awake and conscious of the fact that I am high, I get the worst headaches and nausea I can ever experience.
For some, waking up high has become normal and their bodies may have even gotten used to that fact, but for others, when all seems right and their numbers may be on track daily, having these unexpected bad blood sugars can ultimately determine their day. Don’t get me wrong, I know we all try our very best every moment to have good numbers, but over the years, I have met and heard of other Diabetics say how they feel “safer” in knowing that their numbers are a bit high at night, as they don’t feel lows and don’t want to not wake up in the middle of the night if needed to treat a low. I completely understand that view, however, making sure you don’t go too high is also a factor to keep in mind.
Symptoms that are a result of these “sick days” include headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, tiredness, lethargy, and the list goes on.
Each person is different and may experience their own unique symptoms, however, finding a way to cope with your own unique challenges and feelings is necessary to establish ahead of time so you can be prepared when you are surprised by a sick day. At times, you may feel the need to push through these bad days and try to make it through the day, all while hurting inside from how your Diabetes is making you feel that day, but it is necessary and simply okay to take a step back and put things off for a bit until you are back to normal. The people you encounter daily should be understanding and supportive, making it easier on you to take the day off, essentially, and restore your health until you’re up and running again. You may have to skip school, work, or even an outing with your friends, but that is just fine as you won’t be you if you’re not feeling good and you may not even enjoy it.
The days in which you experience these sick days, you may feel ashamed, down, and depressed. Don’t be, though! It is not your fault.
No one is at fault, actually, because you didn’t choose to have Diabetes and you certainly are doing whatever it takes to control your Diabetes daily and that in itself is amazing. We all make our own types of sacrifices over the years to better manage our Diabetes, so don’t sweat it. Yeah, you may feel down at the moment, but remember to get back on your feet and try again.
So if you are feeling sick one day due to any Diabetic complications, take it easy. You work hard at your Diabetes, that every now and then, a break to rest and recover is necessary.