Friday, March 8, 2013


You can google diabetes and find out what the symptoms of low or high blood sugar is. It will say something like low blood sugar symptoms include racing heart, hunger, shaking or trembling and high blood sugar will have symptoms such as frequent hunger, thirst or urination, or sleepiness. However, as diabetics we usually have our own tell tale signs of lows or high, but what happens when those signs appear and nothing is wrong?

I know for myself, I can get pretty paranoid when my meter is not around. Even though I may not check while I am outside the house for a couple hours, if I feel like I don't even have the option to check I begin to panic.  The reason is, is because despite the internets ability to list off the symptoms, sometimes we don't feel these things coming on or we feel them  but they are false alarms.  Have you ever forgot your phone but still felt the vibration of it? or at least thought you did. That's kind of like lows and highs.

I have found that since being diagnosed I tend to blame diabetes for my source of headaches, stomach aches, hunger, anger, stress and the list goes on.  It's a go-to excuse and frankly when you test and realize your blood sugars are fine and you can't blame diabetes it can be a little disconcerting because then you have to think of another reason why you are feeling so bad.

I have noticed that upon working out, sometimes my legs begin to shake aggressively. Of course, that is the muscles screaming back at me; however, it reminds my brain of a low blood sugar. I instantly start to get a little paranoid and have to check my blood sugar.  It's funny because normally a person would just attribute trembling to the workout; however when you have diabetes, everything becomes diabetes related.

On other accounts, I have dipped into low blood sugar without noticing at all. Once again showing that the signs of lows and highs can mask themselves into normal life.  I can be having a normal conversation, only to find out that I have been 3 [54]  the entire time.  It's things like this that can make a diabetic instantly feel undermined by diabetes.



  1. I believe that those of us who became a diabetic before home meters were available to everyone, we had to learn when we were high or low. We had to recognize the signs because there was no other way. Yes we could test our urine for sugar, but that wasn't real accurate. And some of us spilled sugar into our urine more quickly than the norm, so that didn't work out too well either.

    I don't worry if I don't have my meter at hand because I can tell when I'm going low. High, I can't tell. If I don't feel quite right and I have a meter I'll check. But I don't really worry about it. A few highs won't kill me. I can say this with confidence since I've been a juvenile onset since September 17, 1965 and have NO complications.

  2. I so understand how that feels! It drives me crazy when it's like, "Uh-oh, I'm dizzy, so I must be low: but wait, I'm not; something is wrong with my brain!" O.o