T1D & FOOD
September 29, 2014
It’s that time of the year where we are transitioning from winter to spring and for me it
always seems to be the most vulnerable time.
You should probably know that I have a pretty low immune system so when I say I have
picked up a bug or something, it really isn’t that unusual for me. It usually passes and
doesn’t affect me too much but this last weekend was a different story.Living with T1D you always need to be thinking ahead and be on top of things but when
you feel like you’re fighting a battle and you’re defeated, it’s hard to do this. You really don’t
want to be thinking about having an injection, eating or testing yourself but the frustrating
truth is that you have to be even more diligent.Saturday morning I woke up with my levels being 4.1.
I was frustrated because I had to then get up and get a juice (which broke my sleep in) but
then it continued to go down-hill from here. I started to throw up and felt extremely
lethargic. My levels skyrocketed to 17.5 within 2 hours! I was trying to manage my sugar
levels but didn’t want to drop too much because I didn’t feel like eating.On top of not feeling the best, we had a family BBQ planned for my grandmas birthday.
The family were over, cooking food, laughing and enjoying themselves and I’m pretty sure
I could have won an award as they I hid how horrible I actually felt!
The rest of the afternoon I slowly detiriated more. I was shivering and couldn’t get warm
or cool enough. So a good nights sleep was completely written off. Keytones were going
up and down from 0.1 to 1. This isn’t ridiculously high or dangerous but still something
that I needed to keep on top of and my levels although were also up and down they were
hovering around the 10 – 12 levels.Sunday after a very restless night sleep, I still had a temperature, my body felt drained so I
gave myself an injection and set a temp basal rate to try and to get my keytones down.
Clearly, I had caught a bug, but what a nightmare it is to try and manage not only being
sick, but that extra worry of managing my diabetes. I was lucky enough to have my family
and boyfriend around to help.
Having a support network around you is so important.
Although they might not know everything there is to know about T1D, they still do their
best, which I am so grateful for.Anyway, all good news now, on the mend have been in bed or on the couch for the last
few days trying to fight this virus but I'll be back to it no time!