Let me first start off by saying that I know this forum isn't full of medical professionals. *L* And I have already seen my doctor about this, and unfortunately there's not much I can do to "treat" it, so...yeah. But let me tell you about it anyway.
I have reactive hypoglycemia (diagnosed last year.) Basically, it just means that sometimes, 2-3 hours after a meal, my blood sugar drops too low and I get shaky/lightheaded/faint. I've had a couple of minor episodes and it wasn't a big deal.
Yesterday, though, I passed out completely while at Good Friday services at my church. It ended with me laid flat out on the floor in the back of the church, and if it hadn't been for one of the parishioners who had a roll of LifeSavers in her purse, I don't know what would have happened. When my blood sugar was checked (I carry a monitor with me), it was only 3.8.
Anyway. What I'm wondering now is, should I wait a while before exercising again? I don't think that's really necessary, because...well, a) it's never happened to me at the gym before; b) if it *did* happen to me at the gym, at least there would be people around; and c) when I work out at the gym, I always eat something small before I go, and have a small snack afterwards so that my blood sugar doesn't crash out on me.
Yesterday was just a blip, I think -- and it was a blip that I damn well brought on myself. I was off yesterday, so I slept in, and then just ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast, and didn't eat anything else before I went to church five hours later. When you're accustomed to eating every 3-4 hours (because that's pretty much how you *have* to eat when you're hypoglycemic), not eating for that amount of time is not a good thing.
So I want to go back to the gym tomorrow (because I really miss it) and I'm just thinking, should I? I don't see any point in waiting, really...I feel perfectly fine now and I know what caused my episode (and how to stop it from happening again.) And believe me...after how lousy I felt yesterday, I will do anything to keep from feeling that way again. I'll eat every hour on the hour if I have to. *L*