Thursday, April 26, 2012

From Horrible to Merely Bad

Yesterday was bad. Really bad. I thought I was going to have an adrenal crisis. I forgot to eat, my appetite was so non-existent. I got a clue when the relentless nausea kicked in.

God, I hate low blood sugar. It's such a bitch. You would think evolution would program us to be hungry, but no, I have to spoon feed myself, talking myself into each bite as if it's poison until enough food hits my blood stream to kill the nausea.

I thought that was the worst of it, that I'd gotten a clue and handled things.

Then the stomach pain started. With heavy weakness and fatigue.

At my paid volunteer gig, I sat down to serve families their food. I was too weak to stand. I thought I would have to leave. I thought I was going to hurl. After hours of burning abdominal pain, I thought I was going to end up in the ER with an adrenal crisis.

I became frightened.

I forced more food down my throat and that seemed to help. I sat as much as I could at work, unable to hide how much I struggled. Not knowing what to say when people asked if I was okay.

Things did gradually feel less imminent. I survived work and went to bed early. Today I'm trying to go steroid free. There is some residual stomach pain and I'm sure fatigue will be an issue, but maybe this is behind me? Maybe it was just a bad bout of low blood sugar after dropping from 10 to 5mg?

3 comments:

  1. I'm very familiar with having to force feed myself despite the nausea. No fun! :(

    I'm a subscriber to your blog, but forgive me, I can't remember why you're trying to avoid the steroids? If you're addison's (either primary or secondary) then your adrenals don't work on their own. They won't come back to work normally will they?

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  2. It's all so frustrating. I'm so sorry that you are dealing with it. I really hope it gets better.

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  3. That sounds terrible! I'm so sorry your body is being like this right now.

    You are 100% right, it sure would have been nice if when we needed food that badly, we didn't find even the thought of food so repellent. I had to learn the hard way that I when am dealing with a person with low blood sugar, I shouldn't ask "what would you like to eat?" because if food comes up for a vote, my hypoglycemic companion is going to sulkily say "no" to everything. Exboyfriend the Type 1 diabetic taught me that jelly is excellent at times like that. Apparently you don't really even need to swallow it to get the sugar, it's (at least somewhat) absorbable through the oral mucosa.

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