Thought I’d start this topic as there are a few people here who have been recently diagnosed…Also for myself, although I’ve had diabetes for a year
Also interested to hear what are the first signs you experience. Mine vary - sometimes the first sign is tiredness (and I start yawning a lot), sometimes I get really depressed. That for me is one of the most recognisable signs: If I suddenly get depressed without any reason, I know that it’s my blood sugars (or lack of them) doing the trick.
I used to also get really angry/aggressive (not physically) but that doesn’t really happen anymore. I have broken up with someone because my blood sugars were low! And no, we didn’t get back together afterwards!!
I have Mars bars everywhere, especially around my bed. I don’t eat a whole one, usually one third or half. They are good because they don’t have any bits in them, and also because I don’t actually like them so am not tempted to eat them otherwise. I also carry a box of raisins in my rucksack when I go cycling, they are a gentler alternative as they do not raise blood sugar levels as quickly as chocolate. Lucozade (sp? works for me also, again, I don’t like it so wouldn’t go and drink it unless absolutely necessary.
I have told my friends and relatives that if I do get a hypo, they shouldn’t appear nervous or irritable because that in turn makes me very aggressive and therefore unlikely to eat anything! My ex used to get like that sometimes and it made things very difficult. I knew it was because he was nervous but at the time it didn’t help!! So I’ve told everyone to be kind and gentle, and just tell me that I am going to be alright ‘in a minute’ and that usually helps.
I’ve also learnt to control my body somewhat…I don’t know if any of you have experienced a state where you cannot control your body movements any longer and you fall down/start hitting the wall/hitting yourself etc? I have learnt to remember (and remind myself) that I need to save energy to be able to get to that Mars bar and believe or not, it does work. Also, I’ve learnt to reassure myself that I am going to be OK. Being frightened about what is happening can make the situation worse as you’re using energy on panicking.
Anyway - I’d be very interested to hear how others deal with hypos, as I said I am sure I can learn a lot from other people here