Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Symptoms, Feelings & Emotions
It's scary knowing that there are a crazy amount of symptoms, feelings and emotions that come along with diabetes. Not only do you have to experience these things but you also have to be able to know what they mean. When we have a headache, we take an Advil, have a nap and turn down the television but really what does that headache mean? For me a headache could mean that my blood glucose levels are dropping, there is always the chance that I just have a headache but instead of just taking an Advil, nap and sitting in the quiet I must be prepared to take action and monitor myself.
Lately I've had strange 'symptoms, feelings & emotions' the strange part is that my blood sugars have been between my target range of 5-10. So what could these symptoms be from? It's as if my body has not yet adjusted to artificial insulin. I am getting severe headaches, dizzy spells, confusion, paranoia, numb legs and feet as well as fatigue. It would seem as though my blood sugars are rising and falling uncontrollably but yet they are normal.
In a way these symptoms worry me because they are the worst feelings in the world. I feel like I am not in control of my body and that I can't do the things I want to accomplish in the day because of them. My emotions are high and whenever something goes wrong I get angry and upset. I don't have explanations for these symptoms and will have to leave it up to the doctors and nurses.
I know that throughout my life I am going to have strange outbreaks of unexplainable symptoms and not know the reason for a high or a low but the goal is to become more familiar with my diabetes. Let myself learn how to prevent and prepare for what diabetes will bring. I am not going to let these symptoms slow me down only teach me just how strong I truly am.