I remember in my younger years as a irresponsible diabetic I would party like a rock star. It was a given that at least once a weekend I would drink the night away with some friends. The worst that would happen is that I might vomit. I never had it adversely affect my diabetes, well at least I never noticed.
A couple of weeks ago I went to my friend’s house. I will admit I missed drinking wine the last time I drank was last year some time. I am a wine fan and I figured I could handle a couple of glasses. So I indulged and felt good about it. It was a fun night of laughter and making fun of an awful movie.
Then a couple hours later I started to feel awful. I felt dizzy and light headed, I was either drunk or hypoglycemic. It was scary not knowing by how I felt. I decided to check my blood glucose, and yeah I was low, way low. I did what I had to do to fix the situation and of course I stopped drinking.
I learned the difference between now and then was that my blood glucose was so out of whack when I was not taking care of myself that maybe I could not feel the diabetes related symptoms. When I reflected on it the following day I wondered how many times I played with fire. I know it will not be my last time with a drink but I also know I need to learn and find out how other diabetics go about drinking. Maybe I need to adjust my pump or turn it off for a little while I drink.
Maybe I need to go on a bender full of trial and error then write it off on my taxes for the sake of this blog. Do you see what I am willing to do for the sake of this blog? I am kidding I will not do that but it is just another learning experience. I will learn something new for the rest of my life and I am excited.