I know I’m not supposed to do it, and I’ve been real good for quite some time – quite some time! – but sometimes it’s just unavoidable. The doctor had to be summoned. Google Doctor that is.
The following information I’m about to spew, I have hemmed and hawed over whether or not to share it. It’s pretty personal, and a little bit embarrassing… actually, scratch that, it’s a lot embarrassing. But when I started this blog almost two years ago, one of the reasons was to connect with a like-minded community, whether that be fellow runners, cyclists, type 1s, etc. So, here goes…
[Note: If any of you make fun of me, I will not be opposed to kicking you in the knees. Hard. Just saying…]
I suffer night sweats, like really bad night sweats, soak the bed sheets, the duvet, pillows, clothes, hair, skin, everything night sweats. It’s frigging disgusting. My pajamas are so wet, I can wring drips of liquid out of them. Can you imagine waking up to that? It’s like I pee the bed, except with sweat! I’m at the point where torture therapy may soon be applied, you know, like getting one of those electric shock pee pads that are designed for people who wet the bed – that’s how bad it is!
I haven’t always had night sweats. They only started happening a year and a half ago when I was training for my first marathon. I thought it had to do with my metabolism working in over drive. And because they didn’t happen all the time, really only sporadically, I didn’t invest much thought in them. But then, about a month ago, they came back full force – like every night, and recently two times through the night.
I thought maybe I was overheating. I tend to go to bed real cold and cocoon myself in my blankets, and I thought maybe I was getting too hot under there. Google Doctor, however, informed me that wasn’t possible. I then thought maybe it was dear diabetes rearing her ugly head, that maybe the sweats were the result of serious lows. So, I decreased my overnight insulin and hoped for the best. It worked… for 2 nights.
The past two weeks, I have had one night free of sweats – ONE NIGHT!!!
I am now at the point where I fear falling asleep because I do not want to be woken to that icky clammy skin feeling, and damp sheets all around me. Just imagine it. I am honestly on the verge of tears when it happens. My bedding is getting worn out from repeatedly having to wash it, and my pajamas too.
I’ve tested my blood sugars every time I wake up in a sweat and they’re almost always fine. At first I thought, maybe they were going low, and rebounding by the time I wake up, but then that doesn’t explain the other night. There is no way my blood sugars could have dropped from 9.2 at 11 p.m. so drastically to cause sweats and then be back up to 9.1 by 1:30 a.m. – that’s not how it works. I started testing my sugars twice through the night, and again they are almost always fine.
So, in a plea of desperation, I sought solace in the good ol’ Google Doctor. But, as is usually the case, it had the opposite effect. According to Dr. Google, I have tuberculosis, or cancer, or aids, or early onset menopause. Overheating is not an option for soak-your-bed-sheets night sweats, the doc says.
The sleeve of my new shirt expresses how I’m feeling perfectly:
YESTERDAY’S TRAINER RIDE:
10:30 a.m. BG before: 9.1
Temp. basal: -50 per cent
Time: 45 minutes
11:30 a.m. BG after: 4.1
Yesterday’s trainer was my last episode of True Blood until the 4th season is released, which leaves me in a dilemma as not too many shows can keep me pedaling like True Blood can. Looking for new viewing, while pedaling options… any suggestions?