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Being Diabetic

Last night I had my worst hypoglycemia attack. I went to sleep about 2AM and around 3 something, I woke up sensing something was very wrong. I woke Andrew up telling him to get me a cup of Milo. Immediately he knew I was having a hypo attack. It has happened before.

Even after a cup of Milo and many minutes later, I did not feel improvement. My greatest fear was becoming unconscious. I knew I was on the threshold. I have seen my own mum pass out and it's very scary. So I asked Andrew for another cup of Milo and biscuits. He brought me Oreos and I stuffed them in. The Oreos did the trick, I think. The creamy filling is so sweet.

It was another half hour before everything became normal. Normal meaning I was not sweating and shaking. My speech was slowly 'unslurring' itself too and I was able regain control of my body. It felt a little like being trapped in a dead body. Like I said, I've never had such a bad attack before. I think it had something to do with the skipped lunch. (Read "7 Hours Non-Stop")

I have been a diabetic for 5 years now and have been on insulin for 2 years ( I think it's 2, or perhaps it's 3....can't remember) I come from a long lineage of diabetics. My maternal grandfather was diabetic. So is mum, my uncles, aunts, cousins.............. My dad is also diabetic.

Coming from a family with such history, we are always aware of symptoms of the condition. We almost always don't have sugar in the house although it is now proven that taking sugar does not increase chances of becoming diabetic. In fact, according to my diabetic specialist, I have managed very well to prevent an even earlier onset.

Being diabetic does not stop me from doing what I want and living my life to its fullest. In fact, it makes me want to use everyday to its maximum. Sometimes, it feels as if I am walking around with a time bomb and that makes me appreciate everyday even more. Mum had a stroke about 7-8 years ago and since then her whole life is changed. She is now unable to do many things she used to. While I am aware of the fact that I am not her and I may never have the same fate, it still nags me at the back of my head that it is possible. So therefore, when I still can, I will do.

This experience has taught me a valuable lesson - don't skip lunch. Now I gotta figure out how I am going to slot that in to the already packed Saturday.

PS: Poor Andrew had a real scare. Then, so did I.

Reader Comments (3)

I'll just buy you Oreos from now on...

Seriously though, hope you take better care of yourself in future. Live life to the fullest, by all means. Just don't try bungee jumping, okay?
July 5, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterjulian
bungee jumping? mmmmmmmmm that's a thot.Always meant to try that but never got round to it. I take care one. Sometimes, despite taking care, also can happen. Last night another one leh. But not a bad one. And I didn't skip lunch also. Only pattern I could see - also a 'headless chicken day'.
July 6, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
Scary.. But, remember to take some stuff to munch on while you're teaching. DOn't skip lunch, but don't drink Kopi-Ping or Milo, and take my advice on the Potato Juice or Bittergourd Juice to maintain your best blood glucose (yucks - i know..)
July 8, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterpohlynn

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