This is a bit of a miss-match of ideas. But when is my blog ever NOT a miss-match of ideas. I prefer to call it "cut and paste blog" similar to my sisters old cat who we used to call "cut and paste kitty" because she had a wee little head, short legs and a big middle.
After a 2 hour workout including an hour of extra intense spin class last night I was pretty spent. I had a bad day of no appetite and some nausea (from my switch up of medications). Needless to say I barely ate anything all day before going to the gym. In fact at one point in the day I bolused for some food but then lost my appetite and in return had to treat a low with a whole bottle of orange juice. I set my TBR down low and early but before spin class I still had a pretty major low while zipping around on the elliptical. Once home I still didn't really eat anything substantial and I forgot to set my 85% TBR for overnight because I fell asleep on the couch and later it just slipped my mind.
We have been drilled into our diabetic brains from day one: don't treat a low with chocolate. Chocolate is full of fat and fat slows the carb absorption ergo not helping the hypo. But I believe there is a time and place for every kind of low treatment. I also believe that we can use this to our advantage. Last night at 3am I felt restless. I was tossing and turning the way I normally do when my body is trying to slap me out of slumber to tell me I'm going low. Lately I haven't been sleeping well at all. So when I stumbled to reach for my meter my reading was a decent 3.9 mmol/l (70 mg/dl). Usually it's gotta get into the low 3's before I can successfully wake myself up. At 3.9 I am barely feeling the low. It's also got a long way to go before it crashes hardcore. This is a wussy low and a slow moving one at that, I know it. I used chocolate! I had about 20g carbs of chocolate and pretty much went back to bed without a care in the world (and feeling nauseous as hell). I used chocolate because of its slow release carbs. I knew I would be safe because I caught the low early enough and it wasn't plummeting.
Another thing I get is "hungry legs". When I do heavy cardio be it cycling or running or climbing stairs, it's all in the legs. Blood sugar wise, I usually set 85% TBR overnight. What I feel when I'm tossing and turning trying to wake myself out of sleep to treat a low is this feeling of empty in my legs. In my half aware state of slumber I get these visions of hollow legs while I kick them around. Especially last night because I was pretty much running on empty, with very little fuel in my body. There's always a few minutes of semi-unconsciousness where I'm not sure what's going on. I call that hungry legs because it feels like my legs are hollow, empty and need "filling".
Last night my hungry legs woke me up to a chocolate low.