Last night as I was attempting to drift off to sleep, I felt the weirdest sensation. My skin was both tingling, and felt cold, like I’d been sweating heavily and suddenly walked into a very air conditioned room. I was also developing a headache. I lay there for a couple minutes, making sure that I was actually experiencing this and not just making it up in my head, and then I quietly got out of bed and checked my blood sugar, because I knew what was going on.
For those that don’t know, anything below 70 mg/dL is considered low blood sugar. The treatment for this is often called the “rule of 15” – give 15 grams of glucose, such as a tablet or hard candy or tablespoon of honey, wait 15 minutes, and check the blood sugar again. If it’s still low, do another 15 grams and 15 minutes and check blood sugar again. If it continues to drop, however, get to the emergency room.
Last night my blood sugar was 59 mg/dL. That’s the lowest I’ve ever recorded it.
So I followed the rule of 15, more or less, and the new reading was 64 mg/dL, so I repeated it. That’s also the first time I’ve ever had to do more than one round.
I finally managed to get off to sleep, but it was a nerve wracking time and I woke up feeling very much worse for wear. As a result, I called off my show for the evening to take a day to take it easy.
Now, since I’m on what I hope will be day three of a streak of full checklist days (yay full checklist yesterday) “taking it easy” is relative. I’m still going to try to get my checklist done today. But the show takes a lot out of me, and I just don’t think I have the energy to devote to a show today. So for my listeners that happen to read this, my apologies. I’ll be back on the air next week.
Not sure what triggered this episode. We think that there wasn’t a late night snack for my evening glipizide to chew on, and that tanked my blood sugar. So lesson learned, we think – or at least, we hope – so things should be back to normal tonight.
I don’t like the sensation of low blood sugar. It’s a very weird feeling and I don’t recommend it to anyone.