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’.