- extreme fatigue
- breasts that feel like bowling balls
- weight that goes up by three pounds
- blood sugar that climbs climbs climbs and then crashes.
- debilitating cramps
- sleepless nights
- ravenous hunger
- absolutely nothing out of the ordinary
The symptoms are always the same when I get them but it's always a surprise which ones will show up for the party.
I remember one of my appointments at the Diabetes Centre. They asked me if I had a temporary basal rate I used the week before my period. Ummm...no?
Pre-period blood sugar craziness is pretty nasty when it happens but the randomness of when it happens is just as nasty. If I set a temporary basal rate every month for the three days before my period I would be in pretty good shape some months and I would be clearing all the juice boxes out of the Superstore the next month as I fought continuous lows. It's just not worth the risk so I fight the highs when they come and, in exchange, I don't have crazy lows.
Diabetes is predictably unpredictable.
It's also, for the record, annoyingly annoying.
Did I mention it was ridiculously ridiculous?
Funny how one actually adjusts to unpredictability and it becomes, well, almost predictable.
After nine years, I have figured out that my blood sugar will do one of about three things before my period. It will do one of two things during a curling game. One thing and one thing only during my swim and one of about eight things during a long run depending on the weather, the wind, the time of day and the angle of the sun.
Also known as crazy-ass crazyassness.
Best photographic representation of diabetes I could find.
Calm and sedate one moment, completely crazy the next.