High Blood Sugars

high blood sugar symptomsI feel like a total hypocrite because one of my last posts was about how diabetes is all wonderful and how we should stop complaining. But I am going to complain right now.

The worst thing about diabetes and everything related to diabetes is high blood sugars.

One thing you should know about me: When I am high I am in a really (like, really REALLY) bad mood. And I don’t talk. And I feel extreme self pity. And I feel like people should sysympathize with me, which, truth be told, doesn’t really happen.

High blood sugars HAVE gotten better over the last couple of years, mostly due to me becoming more mature. When I was ten and newly diagnosed with diabetes, my high blood sugars were usually in the 300 range, and they would result in me screaming at my parents and storming up stairs and stomping around for the better part of two hours. Not fun. And, because I was just newly diagnosed, my parents were afraid to give me insulin, so they would send me outside with a jump rope. I know what you are thinking: That my parents were crazy.

I still get angry at age 14. I yell at people a lot. I wont talk. But at the moment, I am getting a whole bunch of “suck it up” talk from my parents.

I suppose that I should tell you something else: I mostly yell at my parents and siblings when I’m high. If I am at school, I am silent, and wont talk at all. Only when absolutely necessary.

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Me listening to my iPod when I was high. An example of not talking.

I believe that my parents know this. Which is probably why they give me the “suck it up” treatment. They say that I can’t yell at my college professor when I am in college. That I don’t yell at Ashleigh or Amanda (my two best friends) when I’m 300. And that they don’t deserve to be treated like they are when my blood sugar is high.

So…..what do you do? How do you manage your high blood sugars? What are your symptoms? How do you stop yourself from taking out your anger on everybody else? If you could please COMMENT.

Oh, and sorry for rambling. I didn’t really start with any direction at all.


Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Diabetic blogs, Diabetic Rockstar

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  1. I can totally relate to that. When my Bg’s are high i just want to sleep and get away from people unless they are taking pity on me…like that will happen. But i thought i would add that its cool you are doing a blog! and if you ever need anyone to talk to about diabetes and stuff you can email me or whatever.

  2. Another great post. I totally sympathize. I’ve been doing this a bit longer and I’m older, but I still get angry. I have learned that it’s no one’s fault, it just is. Sometimes it seems to be the phases of the moon! Today I went on a half century bike ride through the rolling and sometimes steep hills of Montgomery County MD. For the first half of the ride, my BG was low and I had to constantly consume sugars to keep up in the normal range, let alone provide energy to my muscles. The second half of the ride was exhausting, and I had to stop two miles from my target and have my son collect me. I was nauseous and my legs were cramping and I knew I was an accident waiting to happen. My continuous BG monitor stopped working because the sensor came out, but when I tested myself I knew what it would say: 300. I was so angry that this “thing” had ruined my ride. Several hours later, my feeling is that this episode just means I need to keep learning and experimenting with ways to manage this “thing” so it doesn’t stop me doing my thing. I’m sorry for the long-winded post but as usual, your blog struck a chord with me. Thanks for letting me rant!

  3. I can vouch for Claire often being a jerk to her parents when she’s high! (I am one of her parents.) But I guess she deserves to be mad and pissy now and again since she has to deal with such a sucky disease. I do think you are getting a better handle on behavior when high. It’s also good to have parents or other loved ones to be evil to. No one else will let you get away with it except the ones who love you most. And we do love you most!

  4. Hi Claire-
    You are smart to blog about this because those of us in your family don’t have the disease and can’t really tell you what to do. The guy with the bike story is really helpful because it validates for me what a challenge you face, and will continue to face, but you have to get in the habit of coping without yelling at people and expecting their pity. Fact is, those of us without diabetes need a little pity now and then and no one offers it up here either. Your parents, for example, didn’t ask for you to have diabetes either, if you think about it. Your college roommate will not have requested a diabetic roommate and your friends are not your friends because you are diabetic. Everyone gets to live with your diabetes because we like to live with you. It is just a pain in the tukus (as uncle Mark would say). You are a brave girl and good one. It is good that you are realizing that you really need to think of ways to deal with the highs. I wish you didn’t sweet pea.

  5. hey… i hate being high 2… the main reason im commenting tho is to ask did u get my email.

  6. Hi Claire,
    I’m Sydney’s Mum. I see she has been on here and made a small comment…….
    She is awful when she’s high!! I’m the main target for her too so I know how your Mum feels!!! Lol.
    She hasn’t been ignoring you she’s just not really good at keeping in contact.
    I’ll send you an email about what her journey into Diabetes was like…..it was pretty suck and I lived and breathed it all the way with her.
    Kind of nice to know she can visit your site to see how you’re going :o)

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