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Monday, August 22, 2011

Diabetic Nightmares

Shortly after I was diagnosed, I had a nightmare that involved diabetes.  I dreamed that I had snuck out in the middle of the night to go to a bar.  But not just any bar, a bar that served nothing but CAKES!  I remember being drawn to this one in particular, an Oreo cake--a circular white cake with Oreo cookie crumbles all over it.  I felt guilty for even being there, being diabetic and all.  Even though I was told at my first meeting with my CDE that I could have cake, as long as I take insulin for it.  Diabetes was taking over my subconscious!  

And last night, I had another nightmare.  I dreamed that I sat down at a nice Italian restaurant when Constance starting blaring at me that I was HIGH.  I went to the bathroom to check and apparently I was so high that my ketone strips started BEEEEEEEPing, as well!  I tried to discretely walk back to my table, but my CGM kept beeping and I felt like crap (in my dream).  I remember thinking I didn't care how high I was, I was going to enjoy my big bowl of pasta and would deal with the consequences later. I was relieved when I woke up this morning to find out I was a little low, 65 mg/dL. 

Has this ever happened to anyone else?!  Please tell me so that I don't feel like a complete looney.  Diabetes seems to be at the center of my attention every waking moment.  But does it have to be so in my sleep, too?! 

2 comments:

  1. Holly,
    You are completely NORMAL! I too have had diabetes nightmares and oddly enouhg, I too end up waking up with low blood sugar. No explanation for that one, but ugh it sucks when it happens.

    Most recently I had a double whammy, I dreamed that I was cheating on my bf AND we were eating everything loaded wtih extra sugar. My insulin pump couldn't keep up so it quit on me entirely (dont have a CGM)and my glucose monitor refused to prick my fingers (weird) as in, it had human like characteristics.

    Needless to say, I woke up feeling guilty about my relationship AND about my diabetes all together. AND both felt as though they'd actually happened.

    You are not crazy, you're completely normal.

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