If you aren’t familiar with gastroparesis, you are lucky. Many people don’t realize that it’s much more than feeling full/bloated/nauseated and vomiting (though it IS all of those things). It affects blood sugars.
Here is a perfect example.
I ate around 2:30pm. I stayed surprising low – my BG never peaked. In fact, I needed a juice box at one point because I was 77 and dropping just an hour after eating. That juice box did the trick and everything seemed fine again….then out of nowhere, I started skyrocketing. I was in class just as it began and I was shocked at how fast I was going up. My CGM shows my blood sugar going up over 150mg/dl in the space of about an hour to an hour and a half from where my BG started.
….Apparently my food was digesting, when I no longer had any IOB to help me out. I rage bolused for SIX HOURS to try to get my blood sugar under control. I did it but I’m angry….
I’m angry I had to drink that extra juice early on, right after I ate (those extra calories add up!). I’m angry I had to give SO MUCH extra insulin because I essentially had to bolus for my meal TWICE…once when I ate, and again when I actually digested it.
Gastroparesis is still new for me. It’s still sporadic. I don’t have flare-ups daily. Sometimes my flare-ups don’t do much to my BGs, sometimes they do. There is no pattern to any of this yet.
For anyone out there who deals with gastroparesis and diabetes: I’m sorry. This sucks. For anyone with gastroparesis that has advanced to a point you are feeding via a tube/you can’t handle solid foods: you are my heroes. Seriously, I can’t imagine that and how difficult it must be.
Do any of my readers/followers have gastroparesis? Share stories, tips, advice, etc. if you want!