In the months before finding out I was diabetic my cat Bear started being my shadow. He followed me all over the house and curled up with me every night. I joked with my husband that I must be dying. Little did I know I was walking around with high blood sugar and my cat was trying to tell me.
After being diagnosed Bear was persistent whenever I had high blood sugar. He would meow at me and follow me until I checked my blood sugar. Once I corrected it he would leave me alone. I found this to be peculiar. I know there are dogs that are trained to warn their owners when blood sugar is dropping. But a cat who warns when blood sugar is high?
Recently I have experienced a couple of lows at night. I am unfortunately a heavy sleeper. But not so heavy that my cat licking and pawing at my face didn’t wake me up. Both times I checked my sugar and I was at 50 for one and 40 for the other.
So, I wanted to give a shout out to my cat. He is the best cat this girl could ask for. I don’t know what I would do without him.
So I am sick again and this time my blood sugar is refusing to stay low. At breakfast I only ate sugar free oatmeal (22 carbs) with 2 doses of my insulin and at lunch my blood sugar was at 200. Whatever this bug is I have my body is really not liking it. Guess I am low carbing it for the next few days. What fun! Good thing my Zevia ginger ale is 0 carbs.
As I get further into my career as a diabetic I have discovered new and exciting elements to contend with. The most exciting being my blood sugar goes high when I am sick.
So not only do I have to contend with the fact that I do not feel good, but I have to take extra insulin to keep my blood sugar at an exceptionable level. I am also finding that it takes even longer for me to heal. The common cold lasts far too long for my liking. I have not gotten a flu bug yet and I am hoping that does not happen anytime soon.
Now, I need to keep close tabs on my sugar when sick. In order to do that I check my blood sugar more often and I give myself extra insulin when eating.
The good news? I haven’t had any issues with low blood sugar while sick. Finger’s crossed that does not change! Anyone else have issues with high blood sugar while sick? I would love to hear about and what you do. I would love any advice.