New Edition: Do’s & Don’ts of Hypoglycemia
It has arrived!!
The newest edition of my book, The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar, is hot off the press and available for purchase on our website! Please be assured that all the monies raised from the purchase of my book will go to further the work of our organization!
The first edition of my book was written in 1988 with a tremendous amount of fear and self-doubt. I was writing a medical book with no medical degree…and writing about a condition that the medical community labeled a non-disease. Even those who recognized its existence still called hypoglycemia the most confusing, complicated, misunderstood and misdiagnosed condition of the 21st century.
So, why did I write it in the first place? Why additional revisions in 1993, 2003 and 2008? And more importantly, why am I back again in 2011, writing yet another edition? It is because of YOU, my readers. You have written to me, cried on my shoulder and begged for more answers, more information and more research.
So, what’s new in this latest edition? One thing I added is more personal stories. Why? The answer is quite simple. I am hoping that the stories have the same impact; that the connection formed, the bond cemented and the feelings that flowed between the writer and me will be experienced by you, my readers. I want you to be inspired by their triumphs and achievements and to learn from their challenges and mistakes.
Since the “eat, drink and be merry” season is fast approaching, I thought I would share the following e-mail, one that I included in the latest edition of my book. I hope reading it will make you realize that just one drink can be deadly for anyone with hypoglycemia and that hypoglycemia left untreated or ignored can be catastrophic. Don’t let this upcoming festive season be marred by foolish choices made due to lack of knowledge!
“Hi, my name is Wendy. I am a single parent of two very active daughters. For the past couple of years, I would all of a sudden start to have panic attacks and thought I was going to die or maybe have a heart attack. After numerous trips to the E.R., I thought I was just having panic attacks and that was it until 3 years ago, about the week before New Year’s Day. I was out drinking with some friends at about 1 in the morning. I went to a local restaurant and ordered some food but didn’t have a chance to eat it. I started to sweat, and friends told me I needed to go outside for some air…I never made it out the door. From what I hear, I stood up, spun around three times like a ballerina, fell through a set of glass doors and had a grand mal seizure. My friend that was with me that night is a nurse and put me on the side to prevent me from choking on my tongue. They checked my blood sugar in the ambulance, and it was 24. You are supposed to be in a coma or dead if your sugar drops to 25 or below. I was very lucky. I stayed in the hospital for a week with a broken nose, a concussion and a very bad headache. I think the worst thing that happened was that when I hit the floor, I bit all the way though my tongue and almost bit half of it off. I had a hole the size of a dime in my tongue from my teeth. After that, I learned to control what I eat and hardly drink anymore. It took something like this to happen to me to make me realize that I got a second chance to live. I live every day to the fullest. I was blessed by the glory of God to have a friend who knew what she was doing and to the people at the hospital for quickly giving me some sugar through an IV. I hope that this story will enlighten some people on how serious hypoglycemia can be. Thanks.”
I receive dozens of worrisome e-mails like Wendy’s. Some indicate that they have been sick with hypoglycemia symptoms for very long periods of time, some for years. These same people have never read a book on the subject and, even more alarming, have never sought medical attention. I can’t stress strongly enough…EDUCATION is a must…it is crucial to controlling hypoglycemia symptoms!
Here are some Do’s from Chapter 3: Steps To Health and Recovery.
Do…educate yourself about hypoglycemia. It is a MUST in order to control your symptoms and to make the healing process as painless as possible. I cannot stress enough that KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE CAUSES, EFFECTS AND TREATMENT OF THIS CONDITION ARE IMPERATIVE.
Do…start by getting a small library of books…at least three…by leading authorities in the field of hypoglycemia. Then make it a habit to re-read them occasionally. You may find it more enlightening and informative on the second or third reading.
Do…buy yourself a marker and highlight any sentences that you feel apply to you and that you want to remember for future reference. Perhaps there is a phrase or paragraph that upsets or confuses you. Highlight it and discuss it with your physician or a healthcare professional who works with hypoglycemia patients. A simple explanation often clears the way to a healthier you.
Do…realize that NO book will supply ALL the answers. Some, in fact, will be contradictory. Do take the information that you feel you understand and apply it to yourself individually.
Do…consider CD’s. For those who cannot read or who abhor the idea of reading, there are CD’s available on hypoglycemia. These, fortunately, can be played anywhere, at any time that’s convenient. Check out the The Blood Sugar Hotline: “A Medical Journey” CD available for purchase on our website.
Do…you suspect that your child, husband, wife, coworker or friend is hypoglycemic? Are they reluctant to read books or listen to CD’s? If so, get some brief articles on the subject and leave them around the house, office or in their room. The bathroom mirror or the refrigerator door is an excellent place to start.
Are you ready to learn…
- How to recognize, understand and control hypoglycemia?
- How diet, exercise and vitamins play a role in the healing process?
- How hypoglycemia is affecting our children in epidemic proportions?
- How hypoglycemia and alcoholism are correlated?
- How hypoglycemia is a prelude to diabetes?
- How my “Ask The Experts” chapter can save your life!
Then please consider purchasing the newest edition of The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar.
Special bonus…Chapter 6: Recommended Foods & Menus, “Smorgasbord of Dietary Delights, From Roberta’s Favorite Italian Recipes to Her Everyday, Simple Diet Suggestions.”
Well, that’s it for now. I’ll touch base with each of you again in December.
Here’s to your health,