We’ve all pretty much had them in one form or another, and in my time I have experienced a wide range of hypos - some scary, some funny and some just plain weird! I figured that they would make good reading on top of the fact they just may prove educational or help others identify with something they have experienced…
I’ll start with the first two that come to mind when I think of scary hypos (hey it can only get better from here right?)….
No1 scary one happened when I was about 16 and still living under my parent’s roof. I had an average day and average night with no diabetic incidents or any exercise that was out of the ordinary. Had my usual snack before bed (wholemeal toast and glass of milk) and my sugar was in normal range. At about 2-3am my mum heard a noise (I challenge you to show me a mother with a diabetic kid who is a deep sleeper!) and woke up to find me passed out on the stairs – my parents place at the time had the bedrooms downstairs and the kitchen upstairs. Naturally I have no recollection of this but I must’ve woken up realized something was wrong and tried to get to the kitchen – note for little black book: keep sugary snack next to bed. I also have no recollection of the paramedics or the ambulance ride to hospital….the first time I had flashes of consciousness was being wheeled into emergency. Of course none of this is particularly out of the ordinary, it was what happened next that still plays on my mind. By the time the first nurse was assessing my condition, I was coming to and she started asking me the usual questions…here is a rough transcript:
Nurse: “Hi there…are you with me?”
Nurse: “Do you remember how old you are?”
Me (16 at the time): “I’m 18…..no wait that’s wrong…..I’m 18….no wait…”
Nurse: “That’s ok….do you remember your name?”
Me: “Sure, my names Anthony…”
Nurse: “Do you remember your surname?”
Basically I knew that the answers I was giving the nurse were wrong and felt confident that I knew the answer but the words just wouldn’t come out of my mouth. It is as if my brain had been wired wrong…very wrong! I was stabilised and placed in observation for a little while before a nurse came and saw me explaining that they needed to do a cat scan because they suspected I had suffered a stroke. The cat scan showed nothing out of the ordinary and after a period of observation was released. I don’t think that I will ever forget the feeling of being asked basic questions that I know the answers to but just couldn’t come up with them.
No2 scary hypo was far more recent….this was about 2-3 years ago. It was a lazy weekend day and I was still tired from a late night from the night before (can’t remember why but hopefully it was because I got lucky lol!). Anyway it was coming up to lunch (say 12:30pm) and I was in a very comfy recliner. My partner handed me my insulin saying that lunch is almost ready (she knows to do this about 10mins away from the food being in front of me) and I proceeded to shoot up. Apparently when the food was ready (lets say 10mins after me shooting up), Nat put the food in from of me saying she was also tired (maybe I WAS lucky!) and was going to lie down. I don’t remember but Nat clearly recalls me giving an acknowledgement. At about 3ish my two kids woke up (they were approx 2 and 4 at the time) and came downstairs to find daddy fast asleep on the floor of our lounge with the lunch untouched. Apparently they tried their best to wake me up by using me as a trampoline and poking me in the eyes with no success. Nat, upon hearing the ruckus, came downstairs to find out what was going on, realized something was wrong and called an ambulance. The paramedics brought me around in the lounge before carting me off to a hospital. Spent the night in observation and was released the following day. Worst part of this hypo was that it was the first time the kids had seen me in that state and were quite upset about the paramedics etc. The second worst part of this hypo was that for the next 6 months whenever the kids saw me closing my eyes they would scream “WAKE UP DAD” over and over until I did – I missed a lot of nanna-naps that year!!
The funniest one I can remember was when I was newly diagnosed and at primary school. During art class I felt the early symptoms of a hypo and knew that I had to eat something. Those crayons just have to be tasty and sugary I mean look at all those colours…….they aren’t in case you are wondering. The teacher saw I wasn’t quite right on top of the fact I was eating my way through a box of crayons and sent me to the principal. The principal proceeded to ask me why I thought that eating crayons was a good idea. Thinking I was in deep trouble I did my best to deny any wrong doing….that was until the principal asked me to open my mouth. What she found was a technicolour rainbow of crayon colours all over my teeth and tongue!!
The last one I am going to write about is one of the weirder ones that I’ve ever had. I was about 10 years old and had just watched the superman movie where superman flies around his fortress of solitude really, really fast (I forget which one it is). Anyway my blood sugar dropped during the night which somehow seemed to effect my dream (get your mind out of the gutter it is nothing like that!). I don’t remember many dreams but this is one that has stuck with me to this day. The dream started as one of those hyper realistic ones and I was superman flying really, really fast around my ice fortress. Somehow I forgot how to fly and crashed into the wall (gotta love dreams right?!!). Now the weird part…still in my dream, when I came to, it was as if I was sitting down with my head against some form of table. On the table was a toy train set with the rails running right past my open mouth. Each time the train went past my head the train stopped and one of the cars it was pulling (like the ones that carry coal) tipped towards my mouth, pouring not coal but honey into my mouth! It just so happened that this coincided with my mum spooning honey into my mouth to get my out of the hypo – a fact I only realized in that ½ awake ½ asleep stage.
I’d love to hear of other peoples scary/funny or weird hypos they’ve had…feel free to write away in the comments :-)