Type 1 Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis are enemies battling within my body. I took my methotrexate injection last night. As expected, today has been rough. Here’s what I’ve accomplished:
- Slept last night for 10 hours
- Kids brought me eggs in bed which surprisingly tasted great (because I’m nauseous, not because of their cooking!) and then I took a shower
- I sat down on my bed, in my robe, and woke up an hour later
- Got dressed (sweats of course) and went to the store for a few things
- Came back, slept for another 4 hours
- I’m trying to stay awake for two hours and maybe have something to eat before going to sleep for the night
My blood sugars don’t like this exhaused state that I’m in. I can’t exercise and have barely moved around. I have 1,855 steps for the day right now and if you follow me on Twitter, you know that’s a really low number for me! Because I haven’t moved or eaten, my blood sugars are high. Common sense would say that if you haven’t eaten, your blood sugar would be low, right? Nope.
Other days, I have the opposite problem. Having a busy day at work and/or exercising keeps my blood sugars in optimal range. BUT, all of that movement pisses off my Rheumatoid Arthritis and I have a ton of pain during the week. Some of my pain medications tend to raise my blood sugar (in my opinion, the stronger the pain med, the stronger the chance my blood sugar will go up after taking it). If your blood sugar is too high, exercise is a bad idea!
Oh to have just one of these autoimmune diseases…I’d pick Type 1 Diabetes over Rheumatoid Arthritis every time. How about you?