Insomnia, of the Diabetes Kind

I stir in my sleep. Not like stirring on a fresh morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep. But rather stirring, as a result of nocturnal discomfort.

I open my eyes and squint at the bright red display of the clock radio sitting beside my bed, which reads 2.12am.

I feel hot. I’m not sweating. I simply feel hot. Mostly in my face. You could feel it in my face, for sure.

My mouth feels like the Sahara desert. It’s dry. And salty. It’s nauseating. I so badly want a drink of water, but can’t be bothered getting up and out of my bed.

I desperately need to go to the bathroom, but at the same time don’t want to budge from my bed. Discomfort wins out. I drag myself out from my bed, and into the hallway.

I stumble through the dark, not wanting to switch on any lights. I don’t want my eyes to adjust to the light, otherwise I’ll never get back to sleep. I don’t want my blood sugar levels to get any whiff of light either, and begin triggering dawn phenomenon before morning has even arrived.

I emerge from the bathroom. I grab a glass from the kitchen cupboard, and a bottle of water from the fridge. I pour the cold water into my glass, and slowly begin to relive my mouth of it’s revolt. I could easily go for another. But common sense wins out here, knowing that I have no inclination to budge from my bed for another bathroom break until morning.

I slip back into bed. I toss and turn, My eyes are closed, but my mind has zero inclination of nodding off. I suddenly have the urge to rip the light green blanket from my bed, despite feeling cold when I tucked in several hours ago. I want to turn the fan on, but I know I’ll probably be shivering by the time I wake up. My pillow feels more like a heat pack than a pillow. I flip it over, hoping that the cooler side of it will help me ease into a sleep once again.

It’s nearing 3am, and I can’t believe that I’ve been awake for a whole hour.

Do I get up and watch some early morning television in the sitting room adjacent to mine? Do I switch on my bedside lamp, and grab a really boring book? Do I stay here in the dark, continuing this pathetic attempt at sleep for a while longer? Or is it time to begin counting sheep?

This, is what hyperglycemia feels like.

Restaurant food does it to me nearly every time.

In and Around the DOC of Late IV

Hello Tuesday! I’m fresh out of a relaxing 3 day weekend, complete with lovely grey skies and a nice cool change over Perth this week. Today I thought I’d share a few of the tidbits that have caught my attention in the DOC of late. BYO coffee…

I was so excited when I someone mentioned a Sophie Sweet spelled with all the ‘e’s. She’s only my favourite diabetes Instagrammer out there. She posts all these pictures of her latest Libre graph and what she’s about to eat. She shares the highs and the lows, and the snaps are so damn relatable. I just love her attitude, and she almost makes diabetes look fun.

first sweet pancake, last good blood sugar 🥞😈

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I’ve just finished reading the book Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a book for anyone with diabetes who uses insulin. It starts with the very basics of diabetes and insulin, then goes into fine tuning basal and bolus insulin doses and adapting it into your life. I wish I had this book handy a year ago when I started out on insulin pump therapy and had to work out my basal rates and all. I’m already finding myself re-visiting sections of it for reference. It’s like having my diabetes educator’s advice handy at home for easy reference. I’ll definitely elaborate more on the book soon. I’m more of a paperback kind of guy, but you can also buy it through Amazon and start reading it on your mobile device today.

Bec made it to Rotto! The CEO of the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre swam a length of 19.7km in the Rottnest Swim last month to prove to the kids that type 1 is a life without limits. I was fascinated reading through her blog, Swimsulin, where she talks about the challenges of fuelling her body and maintaining stable blood sugar levels during the race. She’s inching closer to her goal of raising $10,000 for the Family Centre, and it’s not too late support her cause.

Another plug for T1 Talk if you haven’t read it already. Myself and Bec of Sweet and Sour Diabetes wanted to start a bit of a dialogue that explored some of the similarities and differences of being diagnosed with type 1 at a similar age. Our first T1 Talk tackled some of the initial challenges we faced adjusting to life with type 1. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here, and we plan on continuing this dialogue in the months to come.

I’m a big fan of Diabetes Daily, and in particular reading Ginger Viera’s practical advice on how she manages her type 1 through pregnancy. 

The pressure of managing a child with type 1 diabetes, who’s existence relies on your ability to care for him. This post from The Diabetic Journal is everything.

A person’s absence is the first thing that’s noticed when I arrive at a family function, or on a Monday morning at work. Everyone just has to know what’s wrong. Why do we have to explain ourselves all the time? Is this really the best way to support a person who has lost, is hurting or unwell?  Why can’t we just say are you okay? or I’m here for you. This piece over at Beyond Type 1 really nails it.

Need a good TV show to watch? Broadchurch season 3 has just started. It’s one of those season long mysteries with a tonne of suspects, leaving you unable to figure out whodunnit. It’s on Friday nights on the ABC.

I receive my fair share of messages about doctors who can cure diabetes, requests to share infographics, search engine marketers telling me what I should be doing to increase my site traffic, and sometimes just thanking me for the really “helpful” website. So, you can understand why Church goods really took me by surprise last week!

Last but not least – don’t forget the OzDOC chat at 8.30pm AEST tonight. Follow @OzDiabetesOC and the #OzDOC hashtag on Twitter to join in.