Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hypoglycemia's Inconveniences

The more I learn about people, the more I find that everyone has little quirks about their bodies.  Sleep apnea, bad knees, thyroid disorders, intense PMS, etc.  I fall under the category of hypogycemia.  I know there are worse conditions out there, believe you me.  I am so grateful for the fact that I have hypoglycemia and not something else. 

The truth is, I don't know too much about this particular disorder.  I'm not sure it's much of a disorder, at least the degree that I suffer from it.  All I know is that I'm starving quite often and my body is very particular about not ever being hungry.  If I ever get to the point of being hungry, I'm starving.  It's either full or starving...nothing in between.

This provides for some problems.  I am not always available 100% of the time to drop what I'm doing and eat food.  Eating food requires time, money, and if you want to be doing anything with your hands after, you have to wash your hands.  Since I have to eat like a bajillion times a day, I have to wash my hands a bajillion times a day, thus leaving my hands extra dry and cracked for the winter season.  Yessssssssssssssssss

Also, if you have to be available for appointments such as visiting teaching, music lessons, and class, it doesn't always work to have your eating schedule be different from "normal people's."

"Just bring snacks with you," you might say.  Yes, that's what I do a lot of the time.  But to find time to pack healthy snacks that aren't going to make you blow up like a balloon from exessive carbs is actually a little more time consuming than it should be.  Also, if I don't eat enough meat or protein, it only keeps me full for about 30 minutes.

I know I've blogged about this before, but I decided to do it again, considering it has presented itself to be a problem as of late.  Especially when other people can't understand when I can't eat when and like "normal people do."  I'm sorry, world, if I've inconvenienced you in any way.  Please try to be understanding that I have to eat more often and at different times than most people, especially when I'm busy and I'm burning tons of calories at the gym and sprinting across campus multiple times a day to meet deadlines.  At least over the Christmas break I can be laid back and maybe my body will cooperate with me more.


  1. I hope you are not posting this because someone said something about how much you eat again. I know you said the part about taking snacks. I actually had really bad hypoglycemia when I was in high school. My mom has always had this problem. Since my thyroid problem has sprouted, my sugar problem hasn't been as bad.

    You exercise so much that I wouldn't worry about eating carbs, etc because when it comes to feeling good, you need to eat. It is the worst feeling when you want to throw up or are dizzy because you did not eat. Try to take 5minutes the night before school (mornings will not happen) and assemble some snacks like: wheat thins, cheese/crackers, grapes, apples, dried fruit, carrots w/wo ranch, unhealthy/healthy chips, applesauce cups (with or without sugar), fruit cups, goldfish, etc. I could name more but you got the idea :)

    ** It is all about portions and healthy choosing too. I have a sister who lives in manhattan and it is not easy to go shopping and to cook, since she works for a top 5 accounting firm. She goes out to eat A LOT. It is all about choices because she is seriously so thin. It isn't just genetics, she makes good choices. Too bad our society is so focused on image...

  2. Hey Amber!

    I know this post is mostly about hypoglycemia, but you mentioned dry hands and I wanted to let you know about something that has SAVED MY BUTT this fall/winter as far as dry, bleedy, cracky hands go. it's this Mary Kay product:

    In the past, I've had to cancel performances or stop practicing due to cracky, bleedy hands, but this stuff has honestly solved ALL of my problems. It also works on the rest of your skin (not just your hands) as well.

    Sorry for sounding like a commercial. I just totally sympathize with dry skin. :)

    Love you! I hope everything goes well next week! Merry Christmas!