Home-Alone Hypos: A Real Life Nightmare
Hypos at night are a real life nightmare for #T1Ds. However, unlike actual nightmares, there's the lingering fear of "but what if I don't wake up?" which makes them that much more frightening. This past weekend, I was home alone & jarred awake by my blaring CGM alarm with that dreaded ⬇️. Sweaty, clammy & slightly disoriented, I didn't even fumble for my meter. Instincts kicked in & I just drank the juice next to my bed (Shelby, take note) & waited for it to kick in. *Spoiler alert* my shugs finally came up & luckily I was fine. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, this type of situation is bound to happen again. So, having a game plan set for such scenarios makes me feel more at ease. Here are my #protips for home-alone hypos😱:
1. Dexcom share: Although I was alone that night, everyone on my dexcom app (ok I'm not that popular it's just my mom & fiancé) were also woken up & both checked in with me to make sure I was OK. This extra accountability is an important safety feature, especially when you're by yourself. If you don't respond, then someone will be aware to send for help.
2. Always have snacks by your bed. I keep juice boxes & glucose tabs right on my nightstand. When experiencing a severe hypo, you might not have the awareness to go into the kitchen. Or, if you do venture into the kitchen there's also the danger of eating an entire pint of ice cream, which is entirely unnecessary. Even if it's Halo Top. Keeping "medical emergency" snacks (these should not be considered treats), ensures that I have readily accessible & reliable ways to treat a low fast, with barely any thinking involved.
3. Try to stick to routine when alone. For example, I work out in the morning, so this is not the time to try a challenging 7:30pm MetCon class for the first time. Same goes for diet. Don't eat anything that requires more insulin than usual & avoid alcohol which can cause nighttime crashes.
4. Don't watch scary movies. Definitely don't watch Panic Room. I think this last one is pretty self-explanatory.