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Blood Sugar Issues...

Friday night, after playing with the band at our home tavern, I was sitting at a friend's house having a beer and winding down from the show.  I had drank only 3 beers at the bar in the space of 4 hours, and had just started on my fourth, when I started feeling nauseous, lightheaded, and a little dizzy.  I pretty much blacked out and slumped over in my chair, although I was trembling a bit.  I was partially conscious and semi-aware of what was going on around me as my friend got me to my feet and up the basement stairs to the ground floor.  Once there, I laid down on the floor and my head started to clear.  He fed me a pear and then some pasta, and I started feeling normal again.

My non-doctor friend's diagnosis was low blood sugar.  He'd seen the same thing happen before in others he knows.  I certainly didn't discount it, but I've never had problems before.  And I've actually been eating healthier in the past year than I have for most of my life.  In fact, in the past week or two I've been drinking more water than soda.  Anyone who knows me well knows that's quite a change for me.

We have a glucometer here, since Asia had some diabetes problems during her pregnancy.  I checked my blood once on Saturday, and it came up 115, nice and normal.  I didn't have any problems that day.

Today, however, I decided to test again because I felt "weird".  My head felt a little hot, and I really didn't have much energy.  The meter came up 52, quite low.  I ate a couple pieces of pizza, and checked again:

6:00 pm:  52
6:30 pm:  Finished eating the pizza
7:00 pm:  143
7:50 pm:  162
8:30 pm:  161

So far, it seems to have stablized at around 160.  Some schools of thought say that 2 hours after eating, 160s is high.  Others say it's okay.  I don't really have a baseline to compare to, but having it stable is encouraging.  I figure on testing again at 10:30 just to see how it's going.

At any rate, first thing tomorrow I'm making an appointment to see a doctor.

In hindsight, this may have been a slight problem for a while now.  The last few months I get tired easily, and at strange parts of the day.  But I'm always sipping on a soda, and maybe that's kept my levels at a reasonable level.  The last week or so I've cut out a lot of soda, and have been drinking more water instead.  Maybe that change had an impact.

Or maybe I'm just overanalyzing things, and I should just relax until I talk to a doctor.


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Sep. 21st, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Sounds like you have diabetes. Alcohol can cause a precipitous drop in blood sugars. Believe me, I was officially forced to accept my diagnosis two months ago and I've been actively trying to drop weight and get my sugars in line since. 160 is way, way too high. The baseline is 100. Anything above 140 two hours after eating is dangerously high.

See a doctor immediately or sooner - and don't drink sugared sodas or alcohol anymore, until you see them. This is nothing to fuck with, pardon my language.
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