Because I got tired of lugging around a bigger, heavy purse full of food and my glucose meter, etc. I downsized to a tiny crossbody that only held a very few things. Having something on one shoulder causes me even more pain than I am already in with my neck damage…that is now causing not only a constant headache (approaching the 20th year) and neck pain, but also upper back muscle spasms too. Anyway, things went okay for a few days, but i also didn’t really go anywhere that far from emergency supplies. I am a walker, though, and don’t always have my car with me to stash stuff in.
After work on Wednesday or Thursday, can’t remember, I stopped at Sprouts to pick up some things on my way home. I’d eaten a banana, which is typical, around 3:15 p.m. and this was about 5:15 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. Just when I got ready to check out, I started SEVERELY yawning…truly, a not normal tiredness. A sign that something was wrong with my blood sugar kind of sudden tiredness. I mentioned to the cashier that I was concerned that my blood sugar was messed up, but I couldn’t tell if I was too high or too low. Then the dizziness hit. I got really dizzy. She told me to eat a banana, but I was afraid to because severe tiredness/yawning can often mean your blood sugar is too high…not too low. And, I didn’t have my normal low blood sugar symptoms of shaking, heart racing, intestinal distress, etc. It scared me that I didn’t have my glucose meter with me to be able to check my sugar! Ugh! I did have glucose tablets in my tiny purse, but not any nuts or anything for protein either. (Although, being in a health food store, I could have gone and found some.) I live only about a mile away from Sprouts and just decided that I needed to get home ASAP. In retrospect, I probably should not have driven with the dizziness, but I also wasn’t thinking straight and was slightly panicked.
I almost smashed my new car zooming through a crowded parking lot as another guy was also speeding through the lot from another direction. I slammed the brakes on (thank you anti-lock brakes) and didn’t t-bone him, thank God. Of course, then I was shaking and my heart was racing due to the near miss.
When I got home and checked my blood sugar, I was indeed low. I don’t know why I dropped that day as I’d not done anything different. But, I was also around ovulation time, and we women know that hormones DO affect blood sugar. What concerns me is that I didn’t notice I was getting low. My normal symptoms didn’t show up. Probably if I’d gotten much lower, they would have, but I’ve read about diabetics that get into major trouble because they lose the ability to feel their lows.
So, I’ve gone back to bigger purses that can hold food, my meter, etc. I just found an all black Tommy Hilfiger backpack to wear so that at least weight is evenly distributed on my back. So far, I love it. I used to joke on a hypoglycemic chat board that I might as well lug around luggage with all the crap I have to carry with me. Others agreed that they get tired of having to carry so much too. But, as a gluten free vegan, it’s not as easy for me to be able to find food in an emergency situation…so I need to carry stuff.
Here’s my new backpack purse…thanks to Ross!
Oh, I should also mention that I’m testing some fattier food here and there. I did good with avocado but didn’t feel as good with sunflower seed butter that I had with dinner last night for some reason. It’s still trial and error seeing what my blood sugar control system can handle and what it can’t. And, my body changes….