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Type 1 Diabetes

How Hypo and Hyper Feel in Type 1 Diabetes – Guest Post

Today’s post is a Type 1 Diabetes guest post by Joe from Voucher Codes Pro, I asked him to let me have an insight into how hypo and hyper feels for the person experiencing it, and he has definitely given me an insight into why my own son can be so odd and out of it when experiencing it himself!

You should definitely check out Joe’s Type 1 Diabetes posts through the link at the bottom of the post! Here’s Joe’s post…

If hypo and hyper were Roald Dahl characters, they would be the Twits.

The Twits
Image from roalddahl.com

Just like Mr and Mrs Twit, hypo and hypers are a pair of mean spirited so and sos. The pair of them live to torment and continually troll you by playing cruel pranks on your blood sugars. So the next time your little one runs a particularly high or low blood sugar, let them know it’s those silly Twits again.

I was diagnosed with type 1 just as I was reaching my prime. Moving out from the comfort of my mom’s home and straight into the Wild West (university) at 18 years old. I was ready to take on the world…

Unfortunately, my pancreas decided to spoil the leaving party and shut up shop for the foreseeable future.

However, let me make it abundantly clear that whether you’re 18 months old or 18 years old, you will always want the support of a loving family behind you. I have to give full credit to my mum when it comes to helping me with my diabetes. She was, and still is, an absolute star. I can only imagine how much extra worrying I’ve heaped onto her dependable shoulders over the years.

Which leads me onto my next point. I question how many more grey hairs I’d have prematurely caused my mum if I had my diabetes even earlier in my life? The parents raising young children with diabetes are in a league of their own. My mum had the advantage of having a son that could clearly articulate his thoughts and take responsibility for his condition. It must be so much more complex when it comes to a young child.

My body does its very best to tell me something’s wrong when suffering a low blood sugar, AKA a hypo. My spider sense begins to tingle once I drop below the 4.5 mark. This is accompanied by a pale complexion, a cold sweat and full bodied shaking feeling. It isn’t pleasant and it can be particularly scary if it’s a bad one.

For me, the most infuriating time for a low bood sugar to rear its ugly head is bed time. In the immortal words of R Kelly…

“my minds telling me no… But my body, my body’s telling me hypoooooo”

Now imagine that horrible ordeal whilst being in a much smaller, fragile body. As a little kid, all of your instincts are screaming for you to rush to mummy or daddy when things aren’t right. Having a hypo as a young child must be absolutely terrifying!

As for high blood sugars, these must lead to equal amounts of distress and confusion for someone so young. When my sugars decide to spike, my body will usually do an equally good job at letting me know something’s up. Similar to a hypo, I’ll begin to sweat for no apparent reason. Strangely though, I can tell that it’s not quite the same kind of sweating… weird right?

The remaining symptoms are very similar to how I felt before being diagnosed with my type 1. Ask any diabetic about the unquenchable thirst and the seemingly bottomless bladder that comes with high blood sugars and they’ll respond with a very vacant expression. They weren’t good times…

Your body feels like a deflating football, slowly losing energy the longer it carries on before being patched up. Not only do you become ridiculously tired but your mood also takes a turn for the worse. My girlfriend always knows when I need to check my blood sugars because I become incredibly grouchy.

With this in mind, again try to imagine all of these emotions and feelings from the perspective of a small child. A wee nipper can throw a temper tantrum at the best of times but add high blood sugars to the mix and you’re onto something HUGE.

Since there isn’t a cure for type 1, the Twits will undoubtedly be playing a regular role in your child’s lives. Look out for any of the symptoms I’ve talked about and keep a close eye on them. As scary as they might be at the time, hypo and hypers are just a pair of Twits that can be dealt with easily and shown the front door. Ensure you always have the necessary measures to deal with them and you’ll all be absolutely fine.

Written by Joe Griffiths

www.vouchercodespro.co.uk/diabetes

6 Comments

  • Becster

    Fantastic post Joe! I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never understood diabetes but this post was very informative. Stevie – you’re a star! I feel for you and your boy!

  • acornishmum

    Thanks lovely, it’s just part of ‘normal’ life for us and Fin copes amazingly well considering! I was so pleased Joe wanted to do a guest post as it’s nice for me to get an inside view of how it feels for my mini man!

    Stevie x

  • Natalie Ray

    This is a really interesting post. I will definitely be keeping an eye on my girls and get them checked out if I think they could have any problems, I know it’s something that is often missed for quite a while before being diagnosed.x

  • Sarah Christie

    Joe what an incredible post, having a teen with type 1 has its challenges he deals with it so well but cant quite articulate how it feels. Although he can tells soon as he is high and low and we recognise the signs I have never read it put to clearly x

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