I was wondering if there were any nurses out there with hypoglycemia that could give me some advice.
A little background: I am a nursing student, and just recently (last month) developed reactive hypoglycemia. As if my nursing program isn't difficult enough, now I have the stress of needing to eat every 2-4 hours. If I don't (and even sometimes when I do), I will start sweating, lose my ability to focus, become severely impaired (it seems like I am intoxicated), and lose sensation in my extremities. After a good sized meal, I am back to normal. I recently got a blood glucose meter and have recorded measurements of 50 and 54 mg/dL.
I won't even mention the problems I have had with weight gain (haven't gained weight for 10 years, but have gained 10 lbs in 1 month). But here's what I'm really concerned about...How do other nurses with hypoglycemia work with this condition? Are the places where you work ok with you needing to take a break every few hours to eat? One thing I am especially concerned with is becoming impaired while on the job, and making a poor decision. I am worried that I would be passed over for a job for someone who doesn't have the potential to become severely impaired.
I am beginning clinicals in a few weeks and am worried because I am still trying to figure out how to manage my condition. Every so often I'll be studying and start panicking, thinking "I won't be able to cut it in nursing, I'm going to be resented by my bosses and coworkers and won't be a good fit...I should just quit!
" and have to take a break to calm down (which is actually what I'm doing right now)
So if anyone has advice or information they could share, it would be extremely helpful...thank you!