Rude Awakening

I can tell you one thing for certain.  Diabetes provides you with just the worst wakeup call ever.  So many nights in my diabetic life I have woken up sweating and disoriented.  A sign of low blood sugar, my unwanted midnight alarm.

It never happens when I am falling asleep, nope, it hits right in the middle of a precious trip in dreamland.  I am lucky because when I go low my body wakes me so I can fix the issue.  It is one of the wonders of our human capsule.  The fact that even when I am sleeping my body can sense something is awry and jolts me into action.

Honestly, there are times where I will lay there, not realizing what is going on.  I just feel tired and not quite right, but my body will not let me rest.  So I first have to check for what I already know.  Nothing will wake you quicker than the sharp pain of a pin prick in your finger.  Good luck going quickly back to sleep.

Then I am off to find something to raise my blood glucose.  Since I have been woken I want to make it worth it.  I know there are Oreos somewhere…  Usually I will just fall back on my reliable glucose tablets, they are not as tasty as Oreos but they always do the trick.

Then it is back to bed where I lay for a few minutes until I fall asleep again only to wake up weary and cursing diabetes into my morning coffee.

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Tags: diabetes, diabetic, type 1, type 2

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