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It happened again last night. It was not the first time, nor will it be the last. I woke up to find my husband out of bed. He has to be at work ridiculously early so this was not in and of itself concerning until I realized it was only 1:30 AM. I reached over to his side of the bed and found it drenched. This could only mean one thing.... his blood sugar had crashed while he slept. I immediately began running through what I had made for dinner that night and whether I should have made him eat more of the rice or reminded him to test his blood sugar before bed, all this while running to the kitchen to make sure he had everything under control. He had eaten a monstrous piece of cake and was feeling better. We stayed awake talking until we were sure his blood sugar was coming back up.
This is a rare event in our lives, but it does happen on occassion. When I first starting dating my husband, I knew almost nothing about diabetes. I'm still far from an expert, but here are a few things I have learned.
1. It is NOT a straight forward science.
My husband's daily life is a series of educated guesses. Usually he guesses right, but there is no way of knowing exactly how your body will react to different circumstances. We recently made a huge move over 900 miles for his job. The week before we moved, his blood sugar crashed 3 times in one week. This is unheard of for him. I obviously became concerned and made him call his doctor. She said sometimes stress can cause blood sugar fluctuations. How is he supposed to test for that? Is there a monitor that tells you where your stress level is and at what point it could cause you to crash? Or take last night for instance, he had a big dinner with a healthy serving of rice and a beer. As he usually goes high when he sleeps, this should have been plenty. But he crashed nonetheless. As an extreme control freak, the lack of control we have in this area can be infuriating at times.
2. It is NOT helpful to cut out all sugar.
For my logical mind, this was really difficult to understand. If your body doesn't process sugar, then you shouldn't eat it. It seemed to make perfect sense. Don't get me wrong, watching your carb intake is EXTREMELY important. However, I am personally more concerned about him going low than high. We once did a special diet with no sugar and barely any carbs. It was very paleo-esk. One night we had a yummy dinner of salmon and some type of vegetable. I realized after a while that he had not spoken throughout almost the entire meal. When I asked him if he was ok, I saw the glassy-eyed look he gets when he is low. He was too low to test himself so I had to do it for him. In my panic, the lancet might as well have been a space ship for my ability to operate it. Once I finally figured everything out, the test came back at 32. EXTREMELY low for a diabetic. So I began frantically searching the house for sugar. Which I couldn't find because I had cleared everything out for our special diet (suddenly every health decision I had ever made seemed ridiculous. Why on God's green earth would I throw out ALL the sugar?) I finally found a soda and helped him drink it. By the time he was thinking straight, I think I had poured about a liter of coke down his throat (not recommended AT ALL, but remember I was panicked). We made it through just fine, but I now keep our house stocked with frosting, and some other good go-to sugar sources just in case.
3. It IS possible to have a beautiful life.
My husband has had his ups and downs with his diabetes (hehe pun intended), but he still lives an amazing life. Most people we know have no idea he has this disease, and those that do often forget. He doesn't let it hinder him. He tries his best to continue to live life to the fullest. He plays sports and loves being active. He even got his pilots license, which the doctors told him he would never be able to. He eats what he wants within reason, and just tries to be careful about his overall carb intake. We talk about it and joke about it, and try as much as possible to make it our normal. Granted, we have been talking a lot lately about our strategy for a possible zombie-pocalypse, but that is a topic for another blog. All in all, we live life the best we can. I trust him to make good choices, and I try to remind him to test often. As I said earlier, it feels like we are making a series of educated guesses on a daily basis, but knowing he has reliable supplies helps me have the peace of mind I need to keep living this crazy life. We love the products at www.med-ex.com and the wide variety they have to offer. Knowing you have quality products is crucial to living a life without the constant worry of where your blood sugar is at.
I know this most likely isn't groundbreaking information for anyone, but sometimes you just need to know you aren't alone in this fight. Others are having the same struggles as you, and they are making it. Here at Med-Ex, we want to fight along side you and show you that we care about you and your health. Let us help you find the best products for your diabetes, so you can focus on the things that really matter in life like family, friends, and good food!