After I was done, I went into the living room to catch up on a little Facebook stalking before bed. But before I could sit down on the couch, Constance was bzzzzzzing from my robe pocket. "Low BG. 70 mg/dL" with a southeast arrow. Then I finally took stock of how I felt: racing heart, maybe sweaty but couldn't tell from just getting out of the tub, kinda fuzzy in the mind. So I made a glass of milk and grabbed some Elf Fudge cookies before taking to Twitter to discuss this phenomenon.
This isn't the first time that a hot bath or shower has induced a low blood sugar. It could be the temperature of the water, which is well above my body temperature. So, I'm basically boiling myself like a lobster, causing my heart to race--possibly causing the hypoglycemia? You'd think being disconnected from Arnold for over an hour would have the opposite effect.
When I was first diagnosed, my mom (a nurse for 30+ years) told me that hanging out in the hot tub helps my dad (T2) with his blood sugar. So, guess where I was the first 3 weeks of my diagnosis? Do you think purchasing a hot tub could be written off as medical equipment? (A girl can dream, right?)
So has anyone else experienced this hypoglycemia phenomenon or managed to harness its power for good? Like taking a bubble bath when having a stubborn high? Or hanging out in the hot tub while eating pizza instead of taking a bolus? The possibilities are endless!
But regardless, I like Dayle's response. "still waiting for my endo to prescribe more bubble baths! ;-)" Me, too, Dayle. Me too.