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.