Monday, 1 February 2010
..and always sets the latest post first, this tale of "low woe" is in reverse order. Either click on "It's been a while" and make your way up, or just scroll down to about one third of the way down this page to start the story....
Stage 7. "I kind of feel like hot and cold"
James starts spreading honey on the hobnobs. He offers one to me "Would you like a honey hobnob? It's like mince pie with brandy butter *he eats one* I'd buy that. I'd definitely buy that.."
After about 4 of these I tell James not to overcompensate on the low blood sugar. The low dissipates and James can finally leave the bed.
Stage 6. Begging.
The honey has crystallised. James keeps repeating the words 'crystallised' and 'crystalline'. He realises he now needs a knife to get to the honey. "Please! Pass me a knife..*gasps and gets a knife out of his rucksack* I found it on the floor, it's probably better to use this one *talking about an eggy knife from breakfast, still in the room* Let's get it over with *James licks knife to try and get it clean* It's got tom sauce".
By now I have a pen and paper, writing down everything James is saying. He begins to beg me to wash his knife, offering me at first £1, then £2. I tell him he'll have to stop talking because everything he says is making me laugh.
I go and wash the knife.
Stage 5. I get him some hobnobs and a pot of squeezy honey. On attempting to open the honey, James exclaims "Ow! My cuticle. There's not much cute about a cuticle". Obviously this makes me laugh, to which James replies "Stop laughing, it's like a clown". He also tells me that I will make him cry by continuing to take photos.
Low blood sugar makes James paranoid and slightly delirious. This is why he comes out with some real gems.
"Oh..you sort out the blood sugar and everything else just falls into place" At the best of times James likes to talk for the sake of talking, but here is a prime example.
Stage 4. Realising he hasn't got enough energy to peel the clementine, I give him a sachet of sugar. This seems to go down well. After this I hand him some dextrose tablets. James says "Dextrose, hello my old friend. I haven't had one of these for ages...probably rancid".
..since I last saw James have a low like yesterday. Normally because I'm either not with him when he has one, or it's in the middle of the night and I'm asleep/half asleep and can't be bothered to wake up and get the camera. Yesterday's low was one of the funniest I've ever seen. It happened mid afternoon, and James had a blood sugar of 2.3 (between 4 and 10 is considered healthy).
I apologise now for the quality of the photos as they were taken with my phone. To the left is a photo of when James has just done a blood test and realises he's very low. From what I could hear James said "I'm gonna..well I don't know wha...I don'...any sugar in the house"
Stage 1. Denial and Avoidance.