Monday, March 14, 2011

Remember when I told you?

you have to care for yourself because the medical community doesn't know crap about diabetes?

Well, today I was at dialysis, and a woman came in who was unresponsive. Now this is not unusual as she often is asleep. Well they took her sugar and it was 38!
They pumped her with dextrose, and let her go back to sleep.
Dextrose has a rebound effect and unless she consumed some food or a substantial drink like a milkshake or a ensure, she was facing trouble. Well, they got her sugar up for a bit, then it crashed. Wound up she went to the hospital. If thewy would have done the right thing, she would have been fine.

Most nurses and doctors are not very knowledgeable with diabetes, so beware.

2 comments:

Mary Quigley said...

I had a similar situation with my mother this week. She is Diabetic and on dialysis. We took her to the hospital and found out she had Pneumonia. While there, here blood sugar dropped down to 50. They refused to give her any food because it would "interfere with testing". I ended up going to the cafeteria and getting her food anyway. They tried to stop me and I went off on them So aggravating!

Da Old Man said...

@ Mary Carry some Nepro with you. It is a quick and healthy way to get nutrtion into her along with the ability to bring up the sugar.