The bug

Friday night I started to not feel well.. And around midnight it happened.  The dreaded vomiting.  For someone with diabetes, vomiting is a game changer.   Things can go south super fast and unfortunately, the worse you feel, the more diligent you have to be.  

It’s important to check ketones- luckily I didn’t have any.   

And it’s just as important to not get too dehydrated.  Even though I couldn’t even keep down water or Gatorade.

But what I remember most from Friday night was as I was leaning over the porcelain throne for the 2nd or 3rd time, I found myself trying to debate with myself.

“You really need to stay awake to make sure your blood sugar comes back up before you fall back asleep.”

“I know, but I’m sooooo tired.  From not sleeping.  And tired of throwing up.  I’ll set an alarm to wake up and check my blood sugar in an hour.”

“Ok that sounds great.  But what if you don’t wake up.”


I could have listened to the voice saying go back to sleep.  But then I could have easily slept through the alarm and not caught my low blood sugars.

And here I am, 48 hours later, still dealing with low blood sugars.   I’ve since reduced my basal rate and will likely need to decrease it even more.  But it’s a guessing game on how much less I’ll need, until everything levels back out.


And that’s the reality of low blood sugars. And how having what would be a simple stomach bug for most, can be life threatening for someone living with diabetes.

**Side note- I do regularly wear a CGM, but unfortunately I had taken a break for a day, and did not have it on.  If I had been wearing it, I would have likely caught the low blood sugars before they happened.


About Shannon

I am a wife, a mommy, and a Type 1 diabetic (since '92.) I have had two successful pregnancies - one of which was with twins. I wear an insulin pump- - off and on for 17 years; currently on the Medtronic pump and CGM. I am not a medical professional, nor am I giving medical advice. I am just sharing my day to day stories of someone who lives with this disease every day. My ultimate goal is to raise awareness.
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2 Responses to The bug

  1. Annelieke says:

    ugh, those things always happen on that one day you are not wearing a CGM. In January I had the same thing, but luckily could prevent the lows. I think my savior was that my last bolus was for dinner at 6 p.m. and I only got sick at 3 a.m. so most of my active insulin for food was out of the system. Good luck getting those sugars back up!

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