Hypoglycemic Unawareness


(Coolwater) #1

Hey guys

Since I've been diagnosed, just over a year now I have had many lows, averaging about 2 a day. I've never had a problem noticing when I'm low, I have always been lucky enough to notice when I'm low quite early indeed.

But for the past 3 days, I have taken my blood sugar and noticed that wow, it's pretty low. In the range where I usually feel very bad and immediately notice its low. At first i thought, or hoped it was just a once off thing, but it's been consistent like this for 3 days straight now.

So now I'm thinking that I have become hypoglycemic unaware, and am stressing out. So what now? Do I have to take my bs like 15 times a day and at like 2am every morning? Or is there a way to reverse this (like run my bs a little high for 2 weeks and see if I notice lows). Please help :)


(A-D) #2

Riaan,

Actually the two-weeks of 100+ blood sugars will likely do it.  It always used to for me.  Somewhere down the line I got to the point where that fix quit fixing and I guess the wheels fell off… L

Then you are relegated to testing more often.  I was leaving my endo appointment yesterday, felt fine, I was energetic, staying on topic, getting all my questions answered, no lag, no delay, no odd feelings and I was 41 when I checked.  Luckily, I had someone with me and they were driving so I didn’t have to just sit and wait to leave the office…

Good luck and, assuming my history is any indicator at all, and you keep those sugars up a bit, I suspect you’ll be back to being appropriately uncomfortable in fairly short order.  Keep us posted and let us know what works!

Cheers!

A-D

 


(Coolwater) #3

Thanks so much A-D, I'll keep it 100+ for two weeks and hopefully I'll be appropriately uncomfortable soon enough again :)

Being unaware is pretty fightening, don't know how you cope with it so well, I saw on other threads you were looking to get a CGMS. Any luck with it? Hopefully you'll get it and all your unawareness worries will be gone soon enough!

Cheers


(A-D) #4

Riaan,

If I can get rid of SOME of my worries it'd be great.  I am driving the paperwork for the request up to my endo today at lunch.  From there – it is on to see if my insurance will honor me with an approval… J Oh one additional note, don’t start aiming at lower numbers the second you think you're feeling symptoms again, LOL – give your body a  bit to really readjust! (I am pretty sure I've made 80% of the mistakes anyone can make with D, LOL)

I appreciate your kind thoughts and well wishes and may life get easier for all of us!

Cheers!

A-D


(Gina) #5

Hey Riaan,

 

The same thing has been happenning to me as well. I have had diabetes for 8 years and this is the first time since that I can't catch my lows. I do have a CGM now and i have to set the number to 95 because there is a bit of a discrepency in the numbers. It does catch the lows and it does help because it makes me check as soon as I am at 95. When I am really about 70ish. But of course the two times I needed the CGM I was  charging the battery and i was  at 46 and 30.

I am scared of not knowing when I am going low as well. It is really a scary feeling and I am going to do what A-D mentioned and try to stay above 100+  Lets see if that works.

 


(Morgan) #6

I would say it's probably just because you've been low so much lately. My grandpa has type 2 and has hypoglycemic unawareness. He will get down into the 20s and not notice. You should probably just try and get your bloodsugar up higher for a couple weeks.


(Coolwater) #7

Gina

Yeah not being able to realize is pretty bad. I'm also following A-D's advice right now, keep in touch to tell me how you're doing!

Morgan

Thanks for the reply and help!

 


(Anonymous) #8

Aw, man, how many times are you guys testing? Sounds like heaven!

I know it was a yeah-right-I-don't-really-want-to-resort-to-that comment on the original post about testing every night, and such. But, yeah. Don't do it. It's not that fun. :)

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure quite why I do since I usually wake up when I am going low, but I have alarms that go off all night! Before bed, midnight, 2 am, and then 3-5 am. That makes for some greeeaaat sleep. Hah. Hah. It's amazing when I get a full night's sleep without having to check at all. Don't I wish...

And, of course, you can imagine how well that goes when friends/family stays over. I still hear about "that alarm that kept going of allllll night...." (yeah, right, like I don't already know it's annoying!)

 

 


(Coolwater) #9

[quote user="Alyssa"]

Aw, man, how many times are you guys testing? Sounds like heaven!

I know it was a yeah-right-I-don't-really-want-to-resort-to-that comment on the original post about testing every night, and such. But, yeah. Don't do it. It's not that fun. :)

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure quite why I do since I usually wake up when I am going low, but I have alarms that go off all night! Before bed, midnight, 2 am, and then 3-5 am. That makes for some greeeaaat sleep. Hah. Hah. It's amazing when I get a full night's sleep without having to check at all. Don't I wish...

And, of course, you can imagine how well that goes when friends/family stays over. I still hear about "that alarm that kept going of allllll night...." (yeah, right, like I don't already know it's annoying!)

 

 

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Wow you get up a lot at night hehe, well for the past week I have also since I'm not noticing my lows right now, I get up at 2am and 4am and then wake up at 6:30am haha, and yes, when my alarm goes off the whole house wakes up and nobody's really happy with me right now haha :)


(Anonymous) #10

Testing sucks.
Naw, kidding. It's really not that bad.