Another thing I just don’t get…

I had a lot of trouble playing basketball today.  My blood sugar was running high (240’s) and wouldn’t come down quick enough.

My muscles were shot, I couldn’t get enough oxygen into my lungs, my brain was foggy, my coordination and reflexes were anything but coordinated and “reflexy” (…?).  It was awful.

I have also had some experiences on the other end of the spectrum, when running low during exercise.  Those suck too, but in a different way and are for me usually less disruptive to what I am trying to do.

I don’t get that.

Low blood sugar = NOT ENOUGH GAS IN THE TANK = muscles working fine, coordination alright and reflexes decent.
High blood sugar = PLENTY OF FUEL AROUND = everything is all effed up.

I know, I know, insulin is the key, blah blah blah.  It just seems like one of those weird “diabetes means the opposite of what logic would tell you” things.

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5 thoughts on “Another thing I just don’t get…

  1. Scott, How it sucks that your game was disrupted again due to diabetes! But can I just say that I am always so proud of you for questioning it all? I hope that Daniel grows up to question everything, it means that your paying attention and trying to get it right. You are a great role model and all around awesome guy.
    Viv

  2. Scott
    I’m with you. I can start exercise with my blood sugar at say 190 and it will drop consistently. But if it’s over a certain amount, say 260, then I need to have insulin on board otherwise it will go up.
    I think the liver is involved in this mixup, but can’t remember the details. It makes it more challenging to exercise. If I’m not in the range 140 – 200 I can’t afford to start a long session without compensating in some way first.
    Still it could always be worse. Isn’t it good to have something to complain about? :-))

  3. Scott,
    What really amazes me is that I have survived most of my diabetic life without even knowing what my bgs were, being Type 1 for 42 years means decades of not knowing what my bgs were and I ate, played, exercised etc. Seems like the more we know (bgs numbers)the more effed up we are, if that makes sense.

  4. I know dude. It is that logical way of thinking that got me in the hospital with DKA.
    I thought, If I keep throwing up and are not able to eat then I should not take my shot because I will not be able to keep my sugar up.
    It makes sense when you think about it but Diabetes does not make sense so I feel you on this dude.