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Poem: Alone darkness befallen earth arrival: Diabetic Shock

Updated on June 8, 2016
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Tim Mitchell has been writing poetry since high school. He enjoys exploring them, the many forms, and writing them

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Chronic disease is a companion present each day. At times there is a respectful friendship. At times is roaring lion as fear trembles bones.
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Alone darkness befallen earth arrival

[Notation: Inspired by recent experience of diabetic shock.]

Staunch legs lost stance sight darkened wings no flight,

Twinge trembles bones wobble crept with soon arrival,

Silence haunts echoed amiss great gasps breathes blight,

Clouds doleful cry frigid breeze quakes sun’s greatest rival.

Stalwart shield rumpled blanket crinkled drawn close,

‘Alas hidden journey midnight entrance crashing knock,

Awareness cloaks eyes torment knots stomach to toes,

Next, not of friendship past possessed heard only mock.

Songs of bird hushed darkness asunder shadows clouds,

Evening cricket’s laughter aim burst remembrance smile,

Tears fallen Heaven’s absence depths entrance shrouds,

Cringed frown paints heard heart hammers thud felt bile.

‘Tis of not once before hope’s glimmer of glee forgotten,

Voice echoes vile dominion shrieks anguish upon bearer,

Tears sluggish sobs child heart man’s body ‘tis ill begotten,

Dread summons distress fallen haunts a moment ‘tis terror.

Awareness: Symptoms of Low Blood Glucose Levels (Hypoglycemia)

Hypoglycemia is not uncommon for a diabetic. It is a condition characterized by abnormally low glucose – blood sugar, levels. Some causes are related to meals, medication, exercise, and other medical conditions. Our body cells use sugar from carbohydrates for energy. Insulin is needed to allow entrance of sugar to provide energy into the cells. Insulin produced by the pancreas regulates blood sugar levels properly. It helps to prevent the sugar levels in blood from getting too high.

Diabetes typically is having high blood sugar levels. Type I is when the pancreas does not produce insulin and it is obtained though injections. Type II occurs when the cells are insulin resistant and blood sugars do not enter them easily or enough. The blood sugar levels rise. Treatment typically in order is preventative care - lifestyle choices, diet, exercise, and medication. When blood sugar levels are depleted hypoglycemia occurs with following symptoms.


  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Moodiness or sudden changes in behavior
  • Nervousness & Anxiety
  • Hunger
  • Shakiness
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heart beat

Moderate are those and . . .

  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Poor coordination

Severe symptoms (Diabetic or Insulin Shock)

  • Poor coordination, tripping, and falling
  • Muscle tremors
  • Fainting and unconsciousness
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Overnight or during sleep low blood glucose symptoms

  • Crying out in your sleep
  • Nightmares
  • Dampness to heavy perspiration
  • Waking tired, irritable, or confused
  • Aggressive behavior

© 2016 Tim Mitchell


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    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Very informative hub. The poem is alarming and true for many who suffer with hypoglycemia. Well done..

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 15 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A touching poem on moods and feelings of an agitated body and mind. The symptoms and information provided on Diabetes are very useful. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      wow very direct poetry and very informative information great combination my friend :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      Tim, I can see this in those around me that are diabetic, and I am scared for me.

      This is very informative, really appreciate the symptom lists.


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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done. A cool combination of art and facts.

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      Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

      well done great info, and scary poem too, it is a scary illness, a friend of my son has got it, nice one, nell

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      Ralph Schwartz 15 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Bravo - quite informative

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      Michael-Milec 15 months ago


      Hard to consume,

      essential information.

      Compassionate of those stricken.

      Above all grateful for for divine health.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Tim, good combination of your unique poetry and helpful information. Well done.

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      Tim Mitchell 15 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you everyone for contributing with a comment. I am humbled while share gratitude they will aid the message meaning. :-)

      always exploring it was an alarming experience and I learned to pay better attention. Thank you . . . for sharing

      Venkatachair knowing your familiarity with the body/ mind experience with your culture I realize your meaning of agitation between them

      Frank I can relate to your recent Hub regard the man in the hospital and his visitor seeming so real

      Shyron awareness helps to eliminate fear. Be assured for me I will discuss with my trusted doctor. She is a poet, so I will bring a copy to her.

      Hello Eric. Do you think there may be some kind of ministry with poetry and information. Your sermons leads me to ponder that idea . . .

      Nell good to see you. Scary it can be and prayers to your son's friend. As a friend familiarity there are behavioral changes has benefited me when in the workplace. Alone it can be taken for granted and catch you off guard

      Thank you RJ Schwartz. Perhaps I will write more diabetic hubs soon.

      Knowing your experiences I am thankful to you Michael

      Hello Jodah. How is the project with the new poetry site? The only hiccup I saw with poetic format is it had to be in creative writing as poem to pass the QAP since not enough for an informational Hub. I felt more powerful as poem supported by sharing inspiration.

      Again, I thank everyone . . .

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 15 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great poetry and really helpful information. Nicely combined.

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      Tim Mitchell 15 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thanks Rose!! Seems I am slow checking the feed for comments. I need to develop a new habit :-) Thanks for that gift too . . .

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      Nadine May 14 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Interesting how you combined poetry with useful information about Symptoms of Low Blood Glucose Levels. Well done.

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      Tim Mitchell 14 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello Nadine! Thanks for the visit and comment. The poem as discovered when reading is the experience of Diabetic Shock. The mix with useful information explains while hopefully opens the mind to the experience on many dimensions. For me those moments can be described as a near-death-experience, yet the poem does not share that portion of experience. Perhaps is inspiration for another poem. It jumps from arriving darkness to cowering under blanket on the couch after treating the symptoms. It is then reflection arrives . . .

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Really beautifully done--the poetry and so very relateable----

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      Tim Mitchell 12 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you Audrey (Note: Seems I missed notification of your comment . . . sorry)

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