I had to go to the doctor today for a follow up from my injury. I was very agitated when I arrived because of a coworker needling me about my injury. Normally, I would have let this roll off my back, but when he decided to start picking on me, I didn't feel well, and he was coming at me with a lot of false statements that were meant to inflame.
Between his comments, me getting irritated, and getting caught in a little traffic, when I arrived to the doctor's office, I was already irritated, to say the least. At the doctor's office, there was a little confusion about the appointment, leading to more irritation on my part.
The office took my blood sugar reading, and it was high. I was fasting properly, so I was pretty surprised.
The nurse asked me if I was angry or upset. I told her about the morning so far. She said something that was very scary to think about. "Be careful. Anger in diabetics can cause diabetic rage. Where your blood sugar climbs along with your temper. Something to be mindful of."
She squeezed my hand and smiled. "Knowing is more than half the battle. Knowing means that you can control your anger, and then, that helps control your sugar. It is an advantage to know that anger is a trigger to how your body processes sugars."
I smiled because she was right. This knowledge was a gift. I thought about how in the past, sensitive discussions had led to me physically feeling very bad, and sometimes confused about what had happened. I would sit and wonder how things had escalated. It was confusing, sitting there on the papered exam table, wondering if a lot of events in my past would have turned out differently had I only known about this diabetes and anger correlation.
As soon as I got home, I went on the computer and started looking at correlations between diabetes and blood sugar. It is all over the internet. There is even a phrase, diabetic rage. It talks about some of the effects of blood sugar on the diabetic who is angry. Looking at all of these web pages made me resolve to take better care of myself so that I do not have to deal with this very dark side of diabetes. It has also made it a bigger priority to look closer at diabetic rage and see what are the best ways of dealing with this. This also means acknowledging that sometimes, with blood sugar affected while having serious discussions, I absolutely was at risk for not only not being at my best, but for having serious health complications.
I am eternally grateful to this nurse for sharing the information with me about the correlation. This was not even the post that I had intended to write today, but I wanted to write it down and share before I lost all of the intense feelings that happened.
I will be writing more about this as I learn more, but if you have diabetes, take the time to learn about diabetes and moods affecting your blood sugar as well as the diabetic rage that I shared with you.
Hi, my name is Dixie
I have diabetes and this is the place where I share all of the discoveries that are part of my journey.