Slow Motion.

My body, thoughts, reactions, all slow to a crawl. Even the seconds on the clock seem to crawl (contributing to the hours). Each blink of my eye seems to draw out, taking minutes. The sounds coming into my ears seem like they are coming through a screen of slow.  All slurs and muffled elongated noises. 

Molasses in January as they say in my neck of the woods. And you know, that’s probably not far from reality with all that extra sugar in my blood. 

The slow motion is most pronounced when I’m counting on my reflexes and dexterity (both physical and mental). When playing basketball for example. It’s like everyone else on the court is moving so much faster than I can. Even though I’m willing (with all the will I have) my body to move, it won’t respond fast enough. There is a delay between what I want to do and what I actually do. Everything is out of sync.

It takes all of the focus I can muster up to simply not lag behind the life going on around me. That focus tires me out. It’s like it sucks the energy right out of me. Making me both mentally and physically tired.  More to come on that.

And as if life with diabetes does not present enough irony, I’m writing about being high while munching smarties to fight out of a low. How’s that for irony?

Scott K. Johnson
 
  • http://diabetesaliciousness.blogspot.com/ Kelly K

    Dealing with a high is like walking through jello, everything takes a major effort!
    Great Post Scotty J.
    k2

  • http://www.thingywotsit.blogspot.com M

    Good description Scott – and Kelly’s Jelly too lol.

  • http://donnabetes.blogspot.com Donna

    I know what you mean, Scott. Everything moves at a slower pace. Kelly’s analogy about the jello is perfect.
    You mentioned the irony of writing about highs when treating a low with smarties. I just left a comment on Lynnea’s blog about the smarties situation they had today. I have a difficult time stopping myself from eating the whole bag of smarties when I’m low. I’ve got to stop that!

  • Karen

    I have to really stop and think when I have a half day of high bgs, and could swear it has been about a week. Maybe I should start logging, to ease the stress, (NOT)

  • http://www.trying2behuman.blogspot.com Kathy

    I like molasses in January ;-) When it happens to me I always feel like I’ve drunk a quart of motor oil, and my joints are full of ground glass. Ugh.
    I hate that it takes so much time, too. But we PWDs learn patience that way, I guess.
    Great post!

  • Josiah

    I know exactly what you mean. I almost walked in front of a bike trying to cross the street today. I could see it but I couldn’t react, or at least it didn’t register. Stay alive!

  • http://zazamataz.com Zazzy

    What about driving with high sugars? My main thing seems to be to fall asleep and I think that may not be the best time to be driving. Do you attempt to drive when your sugars are high?

  • http://www.diabetesdaily.com/johnson/ Scott K. Johnson

    Hey Zaz,
    That is a good question.
    Honestly, I’ve never thought much about driving with a high blood sugar. I don’t drive when I’m low, but those are relatively quick to treat (minutes rather than hours).
    I think if I had an option I would not drive, but often times life forces me to drive even when I don’t want to (having to pick up my kids, get home from work, etc.).
    Your question makes me think though – maybe we all need to consider our high BG’s as well before getting behind the wheel.

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