I have been having AC problems this week. Tuesday, it kept getting warmer and warmer in here. At first I thought it was because I had both the oven and dryer going and that the AC just couldn’t keep up with it. By mid-afternoon as the temperature was getting warmer outside, it was getting worse inside. The rental office where I live is only open in the mornings, and the maintenance guy also only works a half day. I shut the AC off since it was only blowing hot air and opened the windows.
Because I have a cat, I don’t like to open the windows wide enough for her to fall out the screen. Before anyone says anything, that actually happened to one of my cousins. I spent the weekend helping her look for her cat after falling out of a second floor window and ever since then, I have been paranoid about opening the windows too wide with a cat. There is also a streetlight near my bedroom window and if I don’t pull the blinds down the whole way, the light shines into my room. Between the windows not being open the whole way and the blind blocking air from coming in, it was very uncomfortable in here and I did not get any sleep at all Tuesday night.
Wednesday evening, I was out with the dog and the manager came over – the guy that fixes the AC did not call her back. She wanted to try and turn it back on to see if it would work. I had actually turned it off on Tuesday for about 1 ½ hours and it was blowing cool air when it first came on, but it started getting warmer again so I shut it off. It was blowing cold air so we decided to leave it run for awhile. She came back later to check on me and it was still working. I agreed that I would sleep on the couch just in case it decided to konk out again.
With no sleep at all Tuesday night, by Wednesday evening, I was ready to drop. I brought an alarm clock, pillow and blanket downstairs to crash on the couch. My regular alarm clock is a dual alarm and I have it set for 7 AM and 11 PM, the times I take my Levemir. I was really tired and decided that instead of setting the alarm I brought down for 11 and having to change it (plus I just did not want something waking me up if I managed to fall asleep), I would just take my Levemir early – I took it a little before 9. That was a big mistake!
About 10:30, I woke up all sweaty. It was like an ice box in here. Thursday morning, I discovered the manager set my AC to 66. I keep it at 68 during the day and 70 at night. I knew I was not sweaty from being warm so went over to my desk to check my blood sugar. I was 51 according to my meter. I grabbed my container of Smarties and counted some out. I actually put 5 packs of Smarties on my desk. Normally for a 51, I would only use 3 packs. I have no idea why I decided on 5 as the magic number, but I do remember counting out 5 packs of them. One pack of Smarties has 6 grams of carbs in them.
After that, things get a little fuzzy. I know I was still sitting at my desk for some reason at 11. I forgot to shut off the alarm upstairs and it started going off at 11. I felt really out of it and it took me awhile to realize that it was the alarm – everything seemed really far away and nothing made sense. Even when I realized it was the alarm, I didn’t know what to do with it. I remember looking at my meter and then started thinking maybe my blood sugar was low. But I didn’t check my blood sugar or think about having more Smarties. At one point, I thought I needed someone to help me, but I wasn’t sure if I needed help and didn’t know what to do.
I decided I needed to shut the alarm off so I went upstairs. Considering I fell down the stairs in June, that was pretty stupid but I wasn’t exactly thinking straight. Once I got upstairs and shut the alarm off, I laid down on my bed. At that point, I thought about my blood sugar and decided I need to go back downstairs because all my stuff was there. I keep Smarties in the bedroom so I don’t have to run around in the middle of the night. My meter was downstairs, but I could have treated a low without going down the stairs. When I got downstairs, I went over to the Smarties container and grabbed some more Smarties. This time, I sat on the couch eating them. I remember dropping one and worried that it would attract ants if I didn’t pick it up.
It was after 6 when I woke up. I almost had a heart attack when I checked my blood sugar.
I remembered being low so I looked at my meter. I checked my blood sugar at 10:34 and was 51. I didn’t test again until I woke up and tested at 359 at 6:20. Sometimes when I am low and out of it, I find test strips in or around the meter like I tried to test. There weren’t any strips on my desk. I know I had to have been lower than 51 so whether my blood sugar kept dropping lower or I had something on my hands, I will never know. I guess the other possibility is being low and being tired is not a good mix for me! I apparently made it to the garbage with the Smarties packs and the one on the floor so I don’t even know how many packs of Smarties I ate the second time around.