Hypo or not?

Yesterday, my sugar when I first got up was 7 mmol/l. For me, that’s quite low – I’ll start having a hypo if it gets down to 5½. I suppose my body is used to that higher level of sugar, so when it gets lower than usual, I start having withdrawal symptoms (i.e. hypos).

Anyway, on the face of it, this is a great value. 7 is almost normal – far better than the 15s I was measuring a few months ago. Other than thinking “that’s good”, I didn’t take any further action. I ate my breakfast as normal, took my insulin as normal, felt absolutely normal.

Yesterday was a slow day so I faffed around on the computer and watched tv all morning, and eventually had a bath around midday. At the end of my bath I normally haul myself up, stand under the shower, wash my hair and have a shave. At this point yesterday, things started going wrong, when I stood up, I felt light-headed, so rather than completing my wash, I sat down for five minutes. Also, my wife had left a pile of clothes in the bathroom which covered the bath mats, and, rather than just moving them, I made do without, which made the bathroom floor quite slippery – something which made me grouchy.

By the time I did get myself sorted, I decided I’d better eat some lunch. Fortunately there was some ready-made mince left over from nachos the night before. No tortillas unfortunately, just the topping. So I quickly reheated this, but by the time it was hot enough I was quite desperate to eat, wolfing some down without the grated cheese and sour cream which would have made it more complete – this was just mincemeat, seasoning, a pepper and an onion, which had all been cooked up together.

This all helped a bit, but I was still not 100%. I wondered if my sugar had gone low? I know what regular hypos feel like now, having had three or four, but this didn’t feel anywhere near as extreme. Although, that might explain the grumpiness, plus there weren’t really any carbs in my lunch. So I tried feeding myself one of my hypo “meds” – a packet of Skittles. And felt better for the rest of the day. Everything else was normal.

The reason for posting this is because my sugar was 7 again – even lower than yesterday by a fraction. So I think I need to reduce today’s insulin by a little.

I mean, I need to get myself stable, priority #1, but I can’t lose sight of the fact that the less insulin I take, the better.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems in finance, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing mainly health-related software from home, plus some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

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