Kryptonite and Spinach

This may be the most trite thing I’ve ever written about having diabetes, but sometimes this disease makes me feel bionic. You know, half-person/half-machine, so that I am actually Superhuman — except in the face of the Evil Antidote to my extraordinary energy.

Let me explain.

When I’m getting ready for a major workout, I cut my insulin or sometimes pop glucose tablets to let my BG levels soar for a short time at the outset of the workout. Then I am ready for an activitiy that I know will make my BG plunge. And, MAN, you should see me bouncing off the walls in my aerobics Supersuitclass when I do this!! This tactic works on me like Popeye’s spinach, an infusion of superhuman energy. I am PUMPED, I tell you. (And if I do not exercise immediately, I will become a madwoman.)

On the other hand, too much insulin or lack of food in general works like kryptonite — the green extraterrestrial rock that could down Superman. I am weak at the knees, shaky and helpless…

In fact, being both diabetic and gluten-intolerant, Birthday Cake is my ultimate kryptonite: wheat-flour cake stuff topped with pure sugar spread (deceptively lucious-looking, too).

I hate being so susceptible to these “external forces”! DIABETES SUCKS!! (Did I mention that previously?) Now I understand the woes of the superhero: no control over your own body.

And by the way, if I had to become like a “super,” why couldn’t it be Elastigirl?!


3 Responses

  1. Laura
    Laura August 25, 2005 at 8:14 am | | Reply

    I have to comment because I too, do this same thing. It just seems that when my sugar is a little higher, I have more energy and when I am low, forget it, lights out. I always heard the opposite though, that when your sugar is high you feel like you have no energy – but not me, and obviously…not you! Thanks! Laura

  2. Sam
    Sam August 25, 2005 at 9:15 am | | Reply

    Elastigirl?!? Come on! Silver Surfer is just way cooler!

  3. Jo
    Jo August 26, 2005 at 3:22 am | | Reply

    Superdiabetic!!!! I’m fighting highs since my surgery, and I was bouncing like a ball yesterday after lunch (too much bread) so I know the feeling.

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