When you're diabetic, illness poses a special challenge. Since Thursday evening, I've been dealing with what I'm assuming is a flu bug. As I was leaving church after bell choir rehearsal, I suddenly started to feel sick. I barely slept all night due to the discomfort. Friday was spent either in bed, in the recliner, or on the couch. I couldn't even lift my head. At lunchtime I was able to eat some saltines to which I was able to add a little margarine to them around mid-afternoon. Dinner consisted of about 2-3 oz of pulled pork (no bbq sauce, thank you).
This morning, my fasting glucose level was 109, lower than typical for me, not surprising. I have been able to sit upright but not able to stand for more than a few minutes. This is very frustrating for a mom of five children. I have housework to tend to, no time to just sit around. However I know I'm not doing anymore any good by pushing myself too fast. By laying low yesterday, I was able to let my body heal without making my glucose levels go too low. Unfortunately I had to depend on my body to regulate things since I wasn't able to do it with food or activity.
I'm still learning about diabetes and I know that my diabetes is very different than what others are dealing with. I feel lucky that I don't have to deal with medication at this time. However, I do know I need to regulate the amount of carbs I consume and the amount of exercise I do. When a diabetic is sick, all the normal management plans go out the window. It have been a guessing game for me during these last two days. I'm feeling much better, though a little weak. I am thankful for a wonderful husband and five great kids who have been helping take care of me so I can get back on my feet quickly.