Hi, everyone. It's been a while since I posted--mostly because I started med school in August and a lot of the time before that was spent preparing (and all the time after that has been spent studying). I check in every now and then and snoop quietly (just in case you were wondering).
I guess I'm posting now just to vent. My blood sugars have been not great lately, even on days when I exercise (though that's been helping somewhat). My fastings are even edging perilously close to 100 (I know, it isn't that bad, but I have NEVER had issues with fasting numbers, not even before I started taking meds). I guess a lot of that is stress, but some of it is...something that could only happen to me.
It turns out that I'm allergic to both the anatomy lab and to the washing machines in the dorm. I take Zyrtec daily because of my airborne nut allergy, but now I have to add Benadryl a half hour before anatomy 2-3 times per week and I also get to wear a mask to lab.
Long story short about the laundry in the dorm is that the detergent has to go straight into the machine, not on the clothes, so my detergent gets to mingle with everyone else's, and I'm allergic to most of them. That could explain the crappy blood sugars of the last...four or so days (and I guess I'm washing my clothes at a friend's house from now on). When you add that to anatomy lab allergy high blood sugar crap, you get two highs that last for hours (one of which was a 180 that stuck with me for almost all of my 2 hour lecture).
I'm frustrated because, as far as I know, no one else in my class of nearly 200 has diabetes, and because I am the ONLY person in my year allergic to everything (and definitely the only person in the past few years allergic to the anatomy lab). I guess I should be happy they haven't made a big deal out of the anatomy thing, but there is probably very little tolerance for not studying because I'm tired from both Benadryl and being high.
I've always been interested in the real-life, day-to-day of living with chronic diseases, especially multiples like me. I guess it'll make me a more empathetic doctor, but right now I'm just annoyed.