Monday, November 09, 2009

Saying the Hypo(D-Blog Day '09)

National D-Blog Day, 2009

Almost 2 years ago I made a vow, one that I intend to keep. Forever.

But almost 11 years ago, I made another myself, that I'd beat this thing they called diabetes. That I'd go to the funeral of the doctor who told me I'd be dead(within 15 years) of heart disease,retinopathy,neuropathy,renal failure,blindness,and amputations. That I'd have a career, marry, have kids, and grow old.(he's still alive,for the record, and I hope he's gotten a clue since then)

Unfortunately, to avoid complications, or even to slow them down, that requires sacrifice. Dietary moderation, exercise, etc.

And alot of lows. I am not a big fan of lows, in any way, shape, or form but the more normal your bgs, the more you will have them. Some people absolutely love them and court them as fervently as any wooer, for me, they simply are, more then that,death by hypo is my greatest diabetes fear.I kind of think that the people who love them, have had too many of them(and have an IQ of about 70 now). They also have probably never seized, or had a huge whopping glucagon needle shoved into various body parts, or vomited on rescue personal.

There's really no way around it, even with the best of technology at your fingertips(CGM, pump) you will have lows. The best you can hope for, is that that that technology helps you catch/correct any serious ones.

Reluctantly, I will say yes to the(mild) hypos..and hope that one day good control will not include such unpleasantries. Because that's the best technology can deliver, for now.


Chris Stocker said...

I don't know how anybody can like a low. Mild lows are not that bad if you catch it in time and it is right around eating time, but there are too many times that is not the case. I as well think that lows are extremely scary and I haven't had to use a Glucagon needle yet.

George said...

I told someone yesterday, Lows are the worst! THE WORST!

I agree to be in good control means more lows are coming but anyone who likes lows should check their blood sugar.

k2 said...

Lows are a risk of tight control. Even the good stuff with diabetes has risks!
Keep up the good work and continue to test like a mad woman!

Colleen said...

Thanks for your response yesterday! You'll be on my list for questions when I start pumping.

Sandra Miller said...

This is one of the hardest things for me, saying yes to the hypo. Joseph is so much more independent now -- going off with friends after school, going to parties... it scares me to imagine him dropping in those situations.

Yet, if we want him to have any semblance of control, hypos are inevitable.

So worrying, too, is inevitable...

Scott K. Johnson said...

Such a great post. Lows are scary, scary, scary.