I'm just curious because there are things that happen to me when I'm low and I have no idea if they're normal or if I'm weird. But I haven't heard about other people having them. And I was thinking it might be nice to have a more comprehensive list of our symptoms than just the typical heart racing, sweaty, etc. Because I can't be the only one, right?
Here's the ones I can think of off the top of my head, but I am sure there are more --
-- I have to pee! I usually test my sugar if, all of the sudden, I really gotta go.
-- I wake up in the middle of the night and can't seem to shut my eyes again. I usually feel fine, but just can't close my eyes. Always turns out I'm low, though.
-- If it's dark and I'm lying in bed with eyes closed, I see something a lot like fireworks. This really scared me the first couple of times it happened (which were after 17 or 18 yrs of having diabetes). I would open my eyes and see nothing (it was dark, I don't mean I was blind), close them and see the fireworks, and it wouldn't go away. I asked my doctor about this and he said it was normal.
-- Sometimes my vision gets weird in a way that makes it almost impossible to read.
-- I have INSANE dreams, usually that the world is ending but there's something *really* hard that I have to do or else the world will have ended badly. Hard to explain this because it's completely insane. But the dreams are really terrifying because this thing I have to do is SO important but really hard and I'm failing or likely to fail. I have a very hard time getting out of these dreams and helping myself. Usually I wake up to my husband forcing some juice on me.
-- Sometimes I feel completely fine, no physical symptoms at all, but I cannot follow something my husband is trying to tell me. And if it's at all complex, like say directions with several turns, I cannot hold more than one step of it in my head at a time.
-- One time I watched an entire movie and could not follow it at all. It was British and the actors had pretty strong accents and I just stared at it in total confusion. At the end I realized I was low and I had no idea what I had watched. lol
-- There have been a couple of times that I have actually lost control of my limbs. Actually both of these incidents were within about a year of being dx'd, so quite a while back. But they were pretty bad. The first time I was at school -- college -- and I was sitting at a table doing some work and this low hit me out of nowhere and I knew there was a yogurt and a spoon in my bag, but I felt like I could not use my arms well enough to get it out and open it and eat it. One of my profs walked by and asked me what was wrong and all I could say was "yogurt in my bag". Another time I was home lying on my bed and literally couldn't get up and walk to the kitchen to get something. Thank god dh was there to help.
-- I have also had times when I just had crazy thoughts and didn't realize I was low. It felt like a near total break from reality. And when it's happened, I haven't thought to test my blood sugar or have something to eat because I'm just stuck in this weird thought process.
Ok, wow! That is a long list and makes me sound crazy. I guess that's just what happens when your brain is starving.