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Describe what low blood sugar feels like. Describe it in detail. Describe it in a way that someone who has next had a low will understand.
It’s not easy, is it?
Words are powerful. And when you find words to describe what you are experiencing with T1D, it grounds you. This is especially true for low blood sugars.
You know low blood sugars don’t feel good, but you almost always fall back on vague descriptions when you try to describe what they feel like. Icky. Tired. Slow. While accurate, these words do not capture the whole experience of being low.
When you find the words to talk about how you feel, it normalizes your experience, helps other people better understand how you feel, and empowers them to help you. Words make you feel less alone.
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On this episode of The Diabetes Psychologist Podcast, I talk to Ginger Vieira and Mike Lawson. Ginger and Mike are the author and illustrator of When I Go Low, a book written for children with T1D to help them put words to what it’s like to have low blood sugar. Ginger and Mike share what inspired them to write this book and how they hope it can make kids feel less alone in their lives with T1D.
Here’s where you can find more information about When I Go Low: