Sorry for the late post, everyone.
I spent most of the morning in what I thought was a bad depression day. I couldn’t block out noise; I felt like bursting into tears for no reason and was completely overwhelmed by the thought of… well, everything.
Turns out it was just low blood sugar.
And so we come to yet another fun aspect of chronic health problem. It’s sometimes hard to tell what’s normal and what’s new.
Of course, my hypoglycemia is nothing new. But usually it just causes weepiness or (extra) grumpiness/rage on my part. Granted, those can also crop up with a bad depression day; but with my current medication, it’s almost always low blood sugar.
But when the weepiness is accompanied by listlessness or even full-on fatigue, it feels more like depression. Or it might even seem to be from fatigue, which can make me overly emotional. I’ve been known to spend most of a day feeling like hell, only to be “cured” when I have a meal.
Point being, it’s sometimes difficult to tell which symptoms are normal and which ones should be a warning sign.
Like the sore on my ankle. My dress shoes bit me at FinCon last year. (It probably wasn’t smart to walk about a dozen blocks in them in ankle-swelling humidity.) Five or so days later, the spot was still there. But ever since the GBS, I’ve been a very slow healer. I simply didn’t think anything of it. Tim took a closer look and told me I had a staph infection. Who knows how long I’d have let that go on my own?
Speaking of Tim, he nearly suffered through the flu with just cold medicine. He usually gets at least one upper respiratory in the winter, and with his asthma it gets pretty ad. So we didn’t think much of the symptoms, other than to keep an eye out for pneumonia. The only reason he got treatment was because I started getting sick and recognized the symptoms. If I hadn’t gotten sick, Tim would have suffered through the flu with just Sudafed Cold & Sinus. Eesh.
It’s exhausting enough to have chronic ailments. Having to examine every symptom for other causes… Well, that’s just adding insult to illness.
Do you guys ever have problems differentiating between normal and new symptoms?