For me anxiety is something that hasn’t really been attached with Hypo-glaicemic attacks, which is strange because if I get anxiety due to social problems/interactions then you’d be forgiven for thinking that I would worry myself sick over getting Hypo’s due to low blood sugar (as I’m a type 1 Diabetic).
Anxiety is tough, It hits you at any moment where you take some innocuous comment from someone, or if you’re in a certain situation that you are not comfortable with, then that alone can trigger an attack. Sometimes it something you try to avoid (those sorts of situations) and other times you have no choice but to face it head on.
With Diabetes and especially Hypo’s It is similar to managing anxiety. A little bit of insulin here or there, making sure you get the appropriate amounts for dinner, or breakfast, or whatever. However there will still be the time where you mess up, or after exercising, the insulin values change so that can always catch you out. If you happen to unwittingly give yourself too much, or injecting too early after eating, which then adds that insulin on top of what you already have given yourself.
That’s where the differences come in however, or at the least perceived differences because where anxiety you can just about learn to manage it, with diabetes you are going to come up with Hypo-Attacks at same point or other in your lifetime (Granted with differing levels of severity depending on your age).
That’s where the anxiety leaves you in regards to this health issue because, It’s quite simply better the devil you know. Anxiety, and depression for that matter always seems like the scary unknown.
That’s not to say getting a Hypo is an easy thing to experience to live with, It’s especially tough when you get them multiple times during the day. It’s hard to fully explain what it feels like unless you’ve had one before, but try to imagine that during a moment in the day you start to notice that you feel drained of energy, and your hands start to shake. Even if you make a conscious effort to stop them shaking, its nigh on impossible.
If it’s an especially bad one, then you get the horrible feeling of getting tunnel vision. It’s the only way I can describe it, its like your vision is trying to lengthen, all the while you start to feel less in control of your consciousness and if it gets any worse then you will end up passing out. Oh before I forget, there’s the intense sweating you get at times which is so heavy its like being under a shower. It feels so strange being at a stage where I can just accept that at times this horrible thing will happen, however it does take time to get to this stage because I had no where near accepted my illness for the first couple of years of its life (I was diagnosed at 23) It took a long time to get to where I am now.
If you happen to suffer the same as myself, the best advice I can give is that it will get easier to bear. Experience is something that you can’t be taught, It’s something you have to learn by yourself, even if it doesn’t feel like it, day by day you are getting better at handling it, believe me, you can manage it and start to take control of your life.
For me the elusive secret after all this time, is that you have to find your own way of handling anxiety, illness or whatever. It takes time, but keep the belief up, it may take a few knocks along the way, but as someone who is going through it too. You will get through it and it will get better.