Unintentionally Sleep Walking Through My Diabetes Management

Sleep Walking

I’m a creature of habit with my diabetes regimen and most definitely when it comes to my 5:41am Lantus injection, but last week things did not go according to plan. It was just like any other night, I headed to bed and by the time my head hit the pillow, I was dreaming of  hosting my own reality TV series. I usually get up around 3am to pee and feel pretty awake as I navigate my way to the restroom. This particular morning, my “Give Your Shot” alarm went off, but when I stumbled into the restroom – I knew something was off.

I understand that giving a shot while somewhat asleep might be frowned upon by the medical community, but I’ve had a solid system in place for years. I leave the used pin needle (in it’s packaging) on the side of the sink so when I actually get up to start my day, it’s a friendly reminder I’ve given my Lantus. So when I noticed the pin needle was already there, I had to stop and think – which can be quite challenging at that hour. I double checked the clock to confirm it was 5:41am and sure enough it was. What was going on? I took a deep breath and chose to have faith that I shot up (the correct dosage) in my sleep.

A few hours later I test my BG before eating breakfast and everything seemed to be fine. I went about my day and came to the conclusion I must have sleep walked and gave my shot during my middle of the night pee break. My numbers weren’t wonky the next day so I settled back into the the daily grind.

Well, apparently the stress of helping a friend open a new gallery and other random adventures continued to throw me off because a few day later – it happened again. I can say with all honesty, this has only happened a handful of times throughout my 32+ years living with the disease. What was it about this particular week that changed my internal “diabetes” clock? Who knows. I might not ever understand why this happened, but life is once again back to normal and I’m hoping for the best.

Have you ever experienced a similar sleep walking episode? I would love to hear your story in the comment box below.

Amber Clour was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. 21 days after her eighth birthday, she was rushed to Children’s Hospital where she spent two weeks learning how to live life with Type 1 diabetes. She has embraced the thought of being a #walkingscienceproject and hopes to score an A+ for her efforts to maintain a stable BG while living life to the fullest - whatever that means.

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