Courtesy of the “Wayback Machine“, I bring you the early entries I made in my online diabetes journal. This was back before Blogger made things easy, and I had to write the entries in HTML. The journal is no longer available, but thanks to the wonderful tools available on the internet, I was able to find much of my old stuff. I’d like to share one of the old entries with you.
High blood sugars still make me tired.
27 May 2003
Blah! I feel like crap today. I woke up with a blood sugar of
390. That was at 8:00am. It’s now 11:22am, and It’s on it’s way down (356 at
The hard thing about such high blood sugars for me, is that
I get so incredibly sleepy. I mean SOOOOOOO sleepy. I could literaly fall asleep
on my feet. It is hard to stay awake while driving, walking, or anything else
for that matter. Much less trying to be productive at work. It’s really
Then, you also want to be careful about bringing your blood sugar
down too fast. First of all, your body does not like blood sugars outside of
it’s normal range (70-120). Second of all, nature does not change rapidly – so
your body does not like rapid change either. It’s just not good.
also have to be careful because it’s common to “over do it” on the insulin
because you feel so crappy with your blood sugar so high. But, if you try to fix
it too fast, you will feel even worse because you are changing your blood sugar
so rapidly, and you will often end up with a low blood sugar from being so
Then, the low blood sugars cause all types of things to
happen. Because a persons body normally never has a low blood sugar, the body
goes into a panic when the blood sugar is low. Among many other things, it dumps
a handfull of hormones to try to counter act the low blood sugar. Among those
are adrenaline, glucagon, cortisol and growth hormone. The last two, cortisol
and growth hormone don’t impact the blood sugar until many hours later. At which
time, you start having these high blood sugars that are hard to account for.
It’s a very complicated system, which works incredibly well – except if you’re
That’s all for now…