One thing is certain as a person who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 24 years. As soon as my blood sugar level drops, my body sends me some signals. Usually, my hands are shaking, I start to sweat and tremble. However, I have never imagined that one day, my blood sugar level might decrease to the point I am unable to feel anything. I then encountered COVID-19’s long-term effects for the first time.
I was tested positive for COVID-19 in April 2021. During those 3 weeks, my blood sugar level was too high. But thanks to my regular control on a daily basis, I managed to bring it to the normal ranges. Few weeks after I recovered from COVID-19, I am facing a lot of post-COVID-19 consequences. Now, I don’t feel anything when my blood sugar level decreases. And for someone like me, that is very scary.
The first Long-Term-Effects of COVID-19
To be even worse, in May 2021, in one week, I lost myself twice. Do you know how I felt in those moments? Scared. Very scared. The first time, I thought it was strange and even, and I thought that I might give myself a higher dose of Bolus insulin. But, the second time, was very scary. I knew something is not okay with me. The people who were by my side (Thank God they were next to me, I will always be thankful to them for that), explained to me that I was awake, but I couldn’t respond to their questions, or I was talking about something that was not related to the topic. I don’t remember anything. When they managed to wake me up my blood sugar level was 1,4 mmol.
The solution – FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor
After realizing that I don’t feel anything, I reached my endocrinologist. She explained to me that a lot of people with diabetes around the world are facing the same problem. When I asked her what should I do in order to prevent the previous two situations, she suggested I get the FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor. I knew it will cost me a lot, as this sensor is not available in our country.
And for one, I will say only one thing. Since I started using FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor, my life has changed dramatically. Stay tuned and wait for my next blog post, where I will provide a deeper explanation of my experience with the FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor.