Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Low?

April 21st, 2011 by Amy Gonsalves Leave a reply »

I used to not mind being low, at all.  I mean, it used to be a fantastic opportunity to drink a Coke or eat candy.  A license to eat?!  YES!

I’ve noticed over the past 10 years or so that going low just isn’t’ as FUN as it used to be.  That’s a little sad.  I’ve spent lows feeling just fine, and I’ve spent lows feeling like I cannot see or hear or some other loss of sensation that is discombobulating to say the least.

I’ve met people who feel pain when they are low, I’ve met people who have passed out with a BG of 70.  I’ve met people who, like me, always experience a low just a bit differently each time.

I’m not sure I’d say that I’m AFRAID of being low, really, but they do seem to take more out of me with each passing year.

Then again, I don’t like the flip side, of running higher than I need to in order to avoid being low!

I find it interesting that someone did a study of 777 adults with type 1 diabetes about their fears of going low.  (I’ve never been able to say hypoglycemia very well; it’s “low” to me.)  Many of the subjects had experienced a “severe” low in the past year and a half before the study.  I don’t think I’ve had a “severe” low too many times… but then again, maybe I have.  (Have I mentioned being low isn’t any fun anymore and it seems to take a lot out of me?)

In terms of study results, it isn’t surprising that those who had experienced a severe low were more likely to be afraid of going low.

It’s a curious thing to me these days.  I wonder how I’ll feel in another few years.  Then again, maybe I’ll have a D4D by then and being low (without an awesome helper to help signal to me) will seem like a thing of the past! 

How do you feel about your lows?

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