Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Shawty Got Low, Low, Low, Low

After a couple of bad hypo's at the end of last week, I got asked today at work what it feels like to be low.
Hmmm where to start?!

To a member of the public it probably looks as though you're drunk or stoned, which isn't helpful when you're feeling like you're about to keel over!

I normally say that I feel very spaced out, as if I've been set to slow-motion and everything around me is too. My head feels heavy, as if it were full of cement and it's hard to hold your head up when you get really low. You end up sweating as though you'd just sprinted for miles and miles, and you're shaking/twitching too.

Auto-pilot switches on sometimes too and the urge to eat everything you can lay your hands on can be hard to fight. It's not until you start coming back into range that common sense kicks in and you realise what you've eaten! You then have to check to make sure you don't rebound and go hyper instead. All whilst probably having a massive headache from being low (hypo hangover as some call it!).

Being alone whilst hypo is what I find most difficult. No-one to hold on to whilst your shaking and feeling a million miles away in hypo land and no-one to distract you from eating the entire contents of the cupboard. It takes a while for your body to recover and feels so much longer than it actually is, so someone hugging you and telling you it'll be okay is bliss.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Time for some Insulin? Timesulin!

Late last year I read about a new Diabetes product aimed at people on MDI called Timesulin. This has recently gone on sale to the public and thanks to the lovely Susan Moolan, I've been able to try out two caps. One for my NovoRapid and the other for my Lantus Solostar.
Timesulin is a replacement pen-cap, suited to a number of various pens, to record when you last did your injection. After 8 seconds of removing the cap to complete your next injection, the timer resets and will only start again when you clip your pen back on. You can then keep an eye on when you last injected and the 8 seconds also gives you time to check how much insulin is left in your pen.

I've only used these caps for a couple of weeks now but they have already helped immensley and it feels like I've had them for much longer!

They are so simple to use, just swap them for your normal pen cap and the timer begins straight away. You don't have lots of buttons to press or menu's to scroll through, just the hours/minutes/seconds since your last injection.

Diabetes to me is incredibly unpredictable, the slightest thing can send you riding on the glucoaster which can be incredibly exhausting and draining. Family and friends support during these times is brilliant, but they won't always be there to answer the 'Did I already do my jab?' question.

The feeling of not knowing what to do in that situation is horrible. Do you risk not injecting and going hyper? Or do you inject again just to be on the safe side and risk double-dosing which could result in low blood sugars or hospital visit!

The one thing that would make Timesulin even better, for me personally, would be to have a record of the dose as well as the time. That would be sooo helpful especially during those busy running round like a blue-arsed fly days!

If you'd like further information please visit http://timesulin.com/ or contact Susan on Twitter @susanmoolman

Or if you'd like a leaflet for you/a friend/your local DSN just e-mail me your address and I'll post one out to you :)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

DSMA Feb Blog Carnival - Far From A Winter Wonderland

Diabetes is a royal pain in the arse.


It can be at it's worst in Winter, when for some people D teams up with Depression. Unfortunately the two are commonly linked, and little things adding up can soon snowball into a full burnout. Little things like:

New Year
Snow / Ice
Relatives coming over
Party planning
Last years resolutions
Low blood sugars from cold weather
High blood sugars from overeating and/or stress
Unexplained highs/lows
Over excited children
And many many more!

If I ever feel like I'm getting a bit down and want to try and stop it before it takes hold, I go to my family/friends and loved ones. They will always distract me and make me smile :)

Do something creative!
Create some D-art for this years Diabetes Art day, or make a few postcards for the D-Postcard Exchange. You could even create yourself a Diabotic! I started knitting before Xmas (yes I'm god awful slow at it - but apparently quite neat) and find it's a brilliant distraction when I need it.

Don't bottle things up!
Have a good old vent to your family/friends or the DOC! They will always be there to offer support and advice at any time day or night. Bottling things up in my experience never helps, it's always an 'Ahhhh' moment when you let it go :)

Meet other PWD
D-meets are amazing and never fail to cheer you up! The people are incredible, have an amazing sense of humour about their D, and know exactly what you're going through and how you're feeling. There's nothing like seeing a group of PWD testing before lunch, it's brill!

This post is my February entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2012/february-dsma-blog-carnival/