what high blood sugar feels like
Imagine you're very, very hungover. I have always struggled to describe the way I feel when dealing with the in's and out's of this disease with any accuracy (to non-diabetics), and this is one unpleasant feeling we all can relate to. Luckily, I didn't face the discomfort of high blood sugars until I was 18 years old, which means I was old enough to remember what it felt like NOT to feel these symptoms, and also to know the hell that is the-day-after-drinking-too-much. Basically, extended periods of high blood sugar make you feel:
- hungry, but then eventually...
- nauseous, with occasional vomiting. **
- cloudy/foggy-brained **
- slow to react
- excessively thirsty, then lots of peeing **
- labored breathing
- blurred vision
- unintended weight loss **
I want to make people aware of these symptoms (particularly the asterisked), not just so that I can complain about what a bummer they are (such a bummer) but so that if you or someone you know/love is exhibiting these symptoms (particularly excessive thirst and near-constant, urgent urination (or even accidents)) that you can get to an ER right away. When there is too much sugar in your blood stream and a lack of insulin, your body will work to get rid of it through your urine. When there is too much sugar in your blood for an extended period of time (days) your body will go into a ketotic state, which is extremely dangerous if left untreated. There are kids (and adults) that lose their lives to this disease because they/their parents assumed they were merely "under the weather" with a stomach flu or the like when showing these symptoms and let it go too long without a proper diagnoses.
Type one diabetes can develop in anyone at any time, it does not discriminate. And while it is more often diagnosed in children, adults (like myself) are diagnosed regularly as well.
Please be aware!
Still type one,