Ponderings Post Hypoglycemia

Today I had a low BG, the lowest it read was 40. It hit quite suddenly, one minute I was happily cleaning house and the next minute my CGM alarmed at 46 (it’s set to alarm at 55), I got sweaty and felt like I was in a sauna, I was weak and sleepy, I thought to eat something but then just sat down and swiftly got to the point of not caring about treating it, I just sat there on the couch wanting nothing but to fall asleep. Thankfully my hubby walked by and noticed I wasn’t looking ‘right’ and made sure I ate some ice cream and a couple glucose tabs.

The first thing this episode made me wonder once I was back to a normal BG: what happens in the body to make one sweat profusely and feel so hot when their BG is low?

The second thing I pondered was that there are two general types of low BG ‘after effects’:

1. You stabilize your BG feel fine and move on with your day.

2. You stabilize your BG but continue to feel weak and sleepy and generally worthless the rest of the day.

What makes the difference? The only thing I could think is maybe it has to do with how fast the BG initially drops? I don’t think it has to do with how low the BG got because I’ve had BGs hit the same low level and I come back just fine on some occasions and continue to feel blegh on others.

I’d love to hear your stories on low experiences and what you think the reasons are for the two ‘after effects’.

 

2 thoughts on “Ponderings Post Hypoglycemia”

  1. It is always the rate of drop. I know when I drop quickly it is always worse and can cause issues seemingly forever. I also quickly liquidated highs cause few issues, but a lingering high is awful and can impact me for a day or so.

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  2. I’ve been diabetic for 11 years now and I have rarely ever had hypoglycemic moments. I usually go the other direction, not down. But just this past week I awoke at 3:30AM feeling very “off”. I was sweating and feeling shaky. I wasn’t sure what was going on, particularly when I was awakened by this feeling in the middle of the night. Thankfully, I had the sense enough to test my blood sugar levels and found that I was the lowest I’ve ever been, which is also odd as I had eaten normally all day long, hadn’t done any excessive exercise or the like. After a bit of nourishment, back to bed to finish the night.

    But I did have some lingering effects the next day. I felt almost like I was hungover – bit of a fog around my brain, my body still not entirely normal. I didn’t have the shakes or sweats, but I still felt “off”. Still don’t know the trigger of this one. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been hypo in the last 11 years.

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