Having high blood sugars can create a wide array of symptoms (other T1 moms please chime in with your thoughts and experiences!) Some of these symptoms can be unique to the individual. These are some that, when Syd has them, we go, "Aha! I bet she is high. Let's break out the glucometer!" :-)
**The list below is not all inclusive and every time Sydney is high she doesn't have all of these symptoms. This is a general list of the symptoms a person can get because of high blood sugars. The first 7 are generally how Syd feels/acts when she is high. The others are symptoms of prolonged high blood sugars.**
--She is GRUMPY. Or moody. Or emotional. Some people get violent and mean due to highs.
--She is thirsty--this is beyond normal thirst. From how she acts it's like "get me a drink right now before I take you out behind the woodshed and bury your body!" (This was one of the original symptom she had before diagnosis.) I can only describe it as extreme thirst. She has been known to down 3 glasses of water, one after another, in a 10 minute period because of this kind of thirst.
--She says she gets "fuzzy eyes" which I can only decipher as blurry vision.
--Her stomach hurts this may or may not be accompanied by puking.
--She gets a headache.
--She gets friendly with Mr. Toilet....a lot!
--She is dizzy and/or lethargic.
--She gets dry, itchy skin.
--She has an increased heart rate and fast breathing.
--High sugars can also cause her to have a fruity or sweet odor on her breath.
--Untreated highs will eventually lead to unconsciousness, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and death.
I thought this cartoon was kind of silly drawings but it gets the point across through a visual. I am a visual learner which is why I try to incorporate pics with all my posts! Click to make bigger. So, Audrey, I hope this answered your question. :-) Thanks for asking!