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11 July 12 Today, I witnessed a severe hypo

Posted by Ami-Diabetic on July 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Today, while at the hall where I volunteer for the blind society, a young blind woman in a wheelchair who has MS, was reported to have “high sugar levels”. I went over to see and they were trying to feed her glucose tablets. I intervened and asked why they were giving her glucose tablets when her sugars were high. I was told that she was feeling off when she came in and had taken her injection 2 hours before! Why, I do not know.

I tried talking to her but she was unresponsive with her eyes open but as if she was in a trance, I immediately told someone to call an ambulance fast! Fortunately, there is an ambulance station nearby and arrived in about 2 minutes. They took her BG levels and they read 1.7 (19.7) even after the glucose tablets and was given an injection of Glucagon and was whisked away to the hospital. I hope that she is ok.

It is clear that there is a bit of education needed here. When someone says the a diabetic is not well because her sugars are high, when in fact, they are low... VERY low needs to be addressed. I am going to make a factsheet so that this confusion does not happen again. Why do people try and diagnose what they know nothing about? Good job that I was there today...!

 

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2 Comments

Reply Leo
11:18 AM on July 27, 2012 
This is very true there is much ignorance with diabetes I for one was just as guilty in the beginning and I think that there are many of us who just don't take being diabetic serious. There are days when I'm feeling pretty good only to do a reading to find I'm 500-"HI" ?? I crashed once very bad, a reading of 15 (almost dead) with convulsions. I don't remember anything about that day but Now I Take It Very Seriously. Today I still suffer from my years of being ignorant, dead feet, failing eye sight ect.. Educate Yourselves..You life depends on it.
Reply Ami-Diabetic
10:22 PM on July 27, 2012 
Leo LaChance says...
This is very true there is much ignorance with diabetes I for one was just as guilty in the beginning and I think that there are many of us who just don't take being diabetic serious. There are days when I'm feeling pretty good only to do a reading to find I'm 500-"HI" ?? I crashed once very bad, a reading of 15 (almost dead) with convulsions. I don't remember anything about that day but Now I Take It Very Seriously. Today I still suffer from my years of being ignorant, dead feet, failing eye sight ect.. Educate Yourselves..You life depends on it.


Thank you so much Leo, it's always great to hear from you. We have all had times when we neglect our diabetes and some will say " Well i am ok, it has not affected me" My take on this is, wait until it gets you! you cannot reverse it. Listen to what has happend to Leo. Ask him if he would turn back time. answer is YES! ask if he CAN turn back time and the answer us NO! Get it?
Thanks Leo