As I was painting my toe nails last evening, I was thinking of how my post was gonna roll out from our weekend. Joe and I roller bladed in the Memorial Day Parade together. I fell while donning said roller blades and abraded the decorative studded jewels off my ass pockets of my shorts, as I skidded across my neighbor's driveway. Free-basing Goldfish maintained Joe's blood sugars throughout the 3 hour~parade~skate in the heat. He was in the mid to high 100s the whole time. A pancreatic victory for sure.
The weekend had been full of friends, sun, and activity. Lows have been few. A non-symptomatic 60-something when Joe went swimming after the parade, but that had been it.
...Until last night...
It is lows like this that slap me back to reality. Joe was 43.
He was shaking. The complaints of "hunger" and "feeling horrible" were repetitive as he laid in my lap waiting for his body to right itself.
The reality is this, type 1 diabetes, does not go away. Management perhaps has become easier as time has blurred and skewed my memories of our "old normal". By "normal" I mean eating, playing, sleeping, growing, traveling, and participating in activities without a second thought given to life-supporting insulin needs, lifesaving sugar sources, and having a back up pancreas around to assist Joe in all of his endeavors. We are used to living this way. We have done it for close to six years now.
What has not eased with time is seeing my son suffer while he waits for a low to resolve. Stings my eyes every time.
What a bad low looks like in Joe's day-in-the-life.
Hypoglycemia, hypoglycæmia or low blood sugar (not to be confused with hyperglycemia) is an abnormally diminished content of glucose in the blood. The term literally means "low sugar blood" (Gr. υπογλυκαιμία, from hypo-, glykys, haima). It can produce a variety of symptoms and effects but the principal problems arise from an inadequate supply of glucose to the brain, resulting in impairment of function (neuroglycopenia). Effects can range from mild dysphoria to more serious issues such as seizures, unconsciousness, and (rarely) permanent brain damage or death.