Wednesday Hypo

We were standing around the table in the warehouse, slicing open boxes as we do every morning at work. I was left in stitches after a hilarous moment that you had to be there to find funny. I laughed for several minutes, my sides in stitches and my eyes watering with tears of laughter. I haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time, and it felt so good.

As the laughter subsided, I focussed my attention back towards slicing open those boxes. I yawned loudly, several times, as I tried to get on with the task at hand. “Early night for you!” One of my colleagues exclaimed. I was all of a sudden devoid of energy, and couldn’t be bothered in the slightest to get on with the task at hand. I stopped and leant on the table. I so badly wanted to sit down and rest. And maybe not get up again. I told the guys around me that I was exhausted from laughing so hard, but I knew that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I had no doubt in my mind that I was hypo. I’ve had hundreds of typical hypos in my lifetime, but none are as unique as the ones that happen while I’m at work. And as I stood there, yawning, I pondered three possible options in my mind.

Option one: I was only half an hour away from my mid morning coffee and banana. My hypo can hold out for another half an hour, easily, I told myself. I bet I’m not even that low.

Option two: I could stop and have my morning tea break now, albeit earlier than usual. But then the rest of the morning will drag, I reminded myself. By then, I’ll really be yawning. 

Option three: I could duck out and grab a muesli bar from my locker. I hate eating in front of others, I thought to myself. Plus, I’ll probably spoil my appetite and won’t be able to enjoy the coffee break that I crave each morning.

I stubbornly settled on option one. I continued slicing open those boxes, lazily. I continued to yawn, over and over. My legs felt like jelly, ready to give up on me at any minute now. Every passing minute felt like an ordeal, and I could not believe that I still had the better part of half an hour to go.

I finally gave up, with my urge to satisfy that hypo overpowering my will to stay put. I ducked out of my work area, and quickly crammed a muesli bar into my mouth. Opting for that muesli bar was like having that piece of cake I’d been craving all day. All of a sudden, I was back to my normal self. I had the energy to stand up straight, rip open boxes, and get on with the job.

Shortly after, I was called upon to pull down some heavy items from up above. As I was standing there on the ladder, balancing an akwardly heavy box in my arms, I didn’t want to imagine what would have happened had I not treated that hypo.

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7 thoughts on “Wednesday Hypo

  1. Love this entry, completely relate. When I have a hypo my reasoning is far from sensible, and often I leave it for a while before treating just because there are people around.. or what feels like an awkward situation. Glad you got the muesli bar!

  2. Ah I could never leave a hypo untreated! I had a severe one once that required a paramedic (I was standing at the chocolate cupboard when I hit the floor) and I’ve been scarred from that memory ever since!

    1. It’s never comfortable to leave a hypo untreated, and I was being a bit lazy in this instance. We are all different and our bodies respond uniquely to hypos (or at least I think so). I’ve never gone unconscious from one, which is why I felt a bit more comfortable leaving it (which is still no excuse!). But I also hear from others who are prone to more severe symptoms.

      1. I read a post on diabetes Uk about how people treat hypos and I was amazed at all the different ways people treat them, some were saying they ate a banana and were good to go, other saying they were stuffing their face with all they could get. I think having had a severe hypo it will always make me paranoid when I’m low, even though it’s the only one I’ve had in 12 years.

        1. It’s natural that you won’t easily forget an episode like that. I feel better straight away after eating anything, even if it’s a banana that’s not super rapid acting. And I get that urge to binge eat too, usually it happens if I treat a hypo with junk food.

  3. Having had a horrible hypo…I am so pedantic with my BSL! Actually had one last night! It came on like a snap of the fingers because I had been out walking…came home…got jelly legs…vision blurred…tummy cramp and that ice cold sweat feeling hit me like a ton of brick and I knew…..JELLY BEANS….NOW! 10 min later jelly beans had done the trick but by DoG I hate that feeling……and it scares me cuz mine come on so quickly! BSL dropped from 7.5 – 4.5 in 1/2 hr 2 days ago…it feels horrible but THAT one I got BEFORE I started going “wobbly head”!

    I could NEVER ignore a hypo 🙁

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