Adrenaline Junkie

Let’s get the basics down first. Adrenaline is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in the body of many animals. When it is produced in the body it stimulates the heart-rate, contracts blood vessels, dilates air passages, and has a number of more minor effects. Adrenaline is naturally produced in high-stress or physically exhilarating situations. Among other actions, physical activity is one way to naturally produce adrenaline. Of course there are other ways to encounter adrenaline (NSFW, but come on, it’s Pulp Fiction) or you can overload on the stuff like in ‘Crank.’ My point is, adrenaline is a naturally occurring chemical that in the right context can be a good thing.

Of course if you hit a BMW on your morning commute then you get to deal with the not-so-right-contexts of adrenaline as emotions are running wild. Then you get the quick spike in blood glucose followed by the inevitable overcorrection and the glucoaster starts all over again.

Now I get to take public transportation to work for the foreseeable future, which will likely lead to stress. Stress that will raise blood glucose, leading to the inevitable overcorrection and the glucoaster starts all over again.

Life happens. I get it. It’s just a shame that life has to happen…to have an often severe impact on my diabetes. The stress of day-to-day control is amplified by the stress of the situation and proper blood glucose management becomes that much more difficult. Just another day in the life of a person with diabetes.


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