Thursday, April 27, 2006

Diabetic Dreaming?

My dreams feel so real. The smells, the sounds, the way things taste. How people were dressed. If it was warm or not. Which cat was roaming around. Was I scared? Did I feel safe? What shoes was I wearing? My five senses are completely involved in every dream I have.

While I slept last night, my subconscious diabetic mind played a cruel joke on me:

The eerie lights on the clock radio read "3:42 am."

Dream Kerri woke up feeling like crap. Her eyes ached. Everything was difficult to concentrate on. Her lower back felt tender and her skin was hypersensitive to every touch.

Dream Kerri tested her bloodsugar. 585 mg/dl.

"Holy crap," Dream Kerri exclaimed, rubbing the stubborn sleep from her eyes. She washed her hands, just to make sure, and then tested again.

611 mg/dl.

(It's here that my Real Self should have clued in. My meter does read anything higher than 600 mg/dl. Yet Real Self slept on and Dream Kerri freaked out.)

Dream Kerri pulled out her pump and cued up the Bolus Wizard. Entered "600 mg/dl" and no carbs. The pump cautioned her to check for an occlusion and to consider an insulin injection. The suggested bolus was 11.1 units.

Boop beep beep. Boop beep beep. Her thigh site ached a little bit from the bolus.

No problem. Lay back down. Try and get some sleep. Relax.

Go back to sleep.

--- The alarm went off.

The eerie lights on the clock radio read "6:47 am."

I reached for my meter, performing the ritualistic morning test and ringing in at 114 mg/dl.

"Wow. It only took about three hours for me to come down from that ridiculous high. Good thing."

I scrolled back in the meter's memory to see exactly when I had been 600 mg/dl. Nothing there. The last time I had tested was at 2:01 am, before I went to bed. 182 mg/dl. I scrolled through the bolus memory on my pump. My last bolus was at 2:01 am, correcting that 182 mg/dl.

Nothing else was there. No record of that high. No record of a huge bolus.



At April 27, 2006 1:12 PM, Blogger Nicole P said...

I think we all must dream like this. I've had highs and lows in my dreams and been sure that someone screwed around with my pump because I couldn't find the record of them.

Has anyone ever done a sleep study on people with diabetes? Many times, my dreams are so real, I will talk about the events in them with others as if they'd actually happened... I get funny looks and try to figure out if I dreamt what I'm talking about or if it actually did happen... Weird.

Hope all is well.

At April 27, 2006 1:23 PM, Blogger jill said...

I have D dreams a lot. sometimes I'll be sort of dreaming that I'm low and then I'll wake up and I am .. and then I can't remember if I treated it or not because I'm low anyway..crazy. One of my friends told me that she dreamt the other night that her bg was so high that her meter just exploded. Luckily it wasn't high and it didn't explode :)

At April 27, 2006 1:28 PM, Blogger Lyrehca said...

Wow, I've had vivid dreams and woken up mid-reaction, but they aren't usually diabetes-related.

I've woken up and been relieved I was only dreaming about something. How relieved were you this morning, Kerri?

At April 27, 2006 1:33 PM, Blogger Johnboy said...

Wow, Kerri. A little more than 4 hours of sleep? Sheesh!

At April 27, 2006 1:42 PM, Blogger caren said...

I generally will dream about needing a snack when I am low. Specifically, a twix bar?! It's almost like dreaming Caren and awake Caren have a conversation...Dreaming Caren will be "getting a twix bar, so I will be fine" and awake Caren is glad, because I am really low... Those crazy minds of ours!

Glad that you were actually ok!


At April 27, 2006 1:58 PM, Blogger Laura said...

I have very vivid dreams as well. Sometimes so vivid that I write them down the next morning and it could be a fiction novel. I have also had many dreams about my sugar being too high or too low. I sure am glad your dream was just a dream....600! Yikes!

At April 27, 2006 2:14 PM, Blogger Sandra Miller said...

Thank. God.

For a moment there, I thought you'd really corrected that "dream" high...

Again-- Thank. God.

At April 27, 2006 2:44 PM, Blogger julia said...

First of all, woman, you went to bed at 2 a.m. and got up before 7? You aren't 19 anymore, you know. You need more than 5 hours of sleep. There. Now that I've done my motherly nagging....

I have scarily vivid dreams. Not d related, but I do dream about the kids. Shortly after O was dx'd, I dreamt that she fell off a dock at a marina. I could see her floating just out of my reach. She was looking up and me with her mouth open in a scream and I couldn't reach her at all. I was doing everything I could to get her and no one was helping me - they all thought I was imagining things. I woke up in a cold sweat from that one and went immediately to check on her.

At April 27, 2006 2:45 PM, Blogger Shannon said...


It's amazing what the dreaming mind will convince you of.

At April 27, 2006 2:54 PM, Blogger Maura said...

I've never had a dream about a high bg or a low one but when I am low in the morning, I have nightmares or really vivid, interesting dreams but they are not food related. I've been running 70's - 100s for 2 days now and have been daydreaming about pigging out so that I won't be nervous about dropping too low. Anyone else notice that pattern?

At April 27, 2006 3:31 PM, Blogger J said...

Wow I never dreamt I was high but I have half sleepingly turned off my pump alarm for a low resivor to get that damn noise to stop and went back to sleep only to find I had NO insulin in my pump when I woke thinking how did I not get up and fill hmm crazy things our minds do :-)

At April 27, 2006 4:54 PM, Blogger Allison said...

I don't necessarily have vivid dreams but I dream about things connected to my life a lot... People that I know and sometimes people that I don't know (I can't recall if I've dreamt about anyone from the O.C. specifically, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happens) and places I've been to. I've definitely gone high and low in my dreams. Just a few weeks ago I dreamt that I was going low in my dream, then woke up to discover that I was low. It was kind of strange... But dreams in general are strange and I've had enough ridiculously freaky dreams involving certain someones that the diabetes ones don't really faze me anymore.

At April 27, 2006 7:49 PM, Anonymous cin said...

I don't have low/high dreams but I do have vivid, weird dreams and then wake up low. I had that happen just this week. Had a really weird dream, woke up at 2AM, checked and bg was 38.

At April 28, 2006 7:46 AM, Blogger melissa said...

The other night I had a dream in which I met you, Kerri. Not sure where this occured, but I remember thinking wow, she is as nice in person as on the was weird because the deatils were so crisp and for a few minutes after I woke up I was like, that was cool to meet her. At first I was thinking I couldn't tell about this dream because I would like a freak, but since you posted about dreaming I decided what the heck!

I was scared there for a minute too that you had actually corrected that 600 - yikes!

At April 28, 2006 10:22 AM, Blogger d double e said...

I dreamed a dream of time gone by.

And I also dreamed I was wearing an omnipod the other night.

At April 28, 2006 11:32 AM, Blogger Tekakwitha said...


Creepy. That would really really scare me I think.

Not that I'm one to talk. I did have a 'walk-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-pouring-water-on-my-bed' incident...


At April 28, 2006 12:02 PM, Blogger type1emt said...

Ugh, 611. But if you actually WERE that high, you dream-bolused just right!
I'm curious-what brand of meter reads over 600?
My most sort-of-accurate blood sugar dream, I dreamed I was 14,000(I had a cold, and subconsciously transferred feeling "dry" to my dream) woke up and was actually 140...Mostly, I don't dream about numbers, I just dream about the general feeling(low, or high).

At April 28, 2006 1:06 PM, Blogger Erica said...

I thought the same thing as sandra - I thought the story was going to end that you actually corrected the dream high... whew!

At April 28, 2006 1:29 PM, Blogger Kerri. said...

Erica - I was frantically trying to confirm that I hadn't corrected the high! To be at a normal bloodsugar and then haphazardly bolus 11 units ... that would suck, to say the least.

And is there an At Home meter that reads above 600 mg/dl? Dee? Did you ever use one in your sleep?

At April 28, 2006 2:18 PM, Blogger cHoCoMiLkRoCkS said...

That is really freaky.

My god you'd of had to have eaten ALOT to get that high.

I sometimes take my pump off when i'm fast asleep because it's digging in and then wake up high.

silly me.

At April 29, 2006 6:30 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

I don't really dream about D, BUT, if I'm low I will suddenly be dreaming about cakes, pasteries, pies...You get the idea.

real vivid dreams of being at a wedding or party with all of this great food and I'm starving, but somehow I just can't seem to get any of it (which usually causes me to cry). That's when I tend to wake myself to test. LOL


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