My scariest moment was being told that I would need an injection directly in my right eye to stop the bleeding. God was good! The opthamologist gave me the injection just a little while later preceeded by pain-deadening drops. It wasn't as bad as I imagined.
Realizing I had uncontrolled diabetes and no insurance.
The only diabetics I knew up until then were the horror story diabetics. A friends husband and my uncle. They never took it seriously and both died a miserable death.
Tudiabetes was my first medical stop and I was told to not wait for the insurance. Joe, sohair, Cody Turner, Melissa Padilla, jen, kathy and Rachel started me on my way to better control and I believe kept my out of DKA because that was were I was heading with blood sugars of 500+ for months. Thank you...
3 days into my dream vacation in Jamaica when I could no longer fit my flip flops on my super swollen feet and I thought "this is it, diabetes is going to kill me while I am in a foreign land". I was afraid to fly home because of the swelling but I had to get home and go to the doctor. Fast forward a a week when a cardiologist said "I bet it's either your heart or your kidneys that are messed up. Since your your A1C is awful, I guess diabetes is catching up with you." I never cried so hard in my life! Turns out my heart and kidneys were fine but this scared me straight and turned me into a born again diabetic for sure.
"Born again diabetic" - lol! I can relate - I had my first (and hopefully last) DKA a few weeks ago, scared the living crap out of me and I too am a "born again"!! The scariest part for me was when I couldn't breathe (prompting the 911 call) because of the state of acidosis I was in. My other scary moment was when I accidentally injected 22 units of my rapid acting insulin instead of my Lantus - will NEVER do that again!!!!
Mine was the day I 'came around' in the basement of the police station in Houston. I had been dragged off of my bus going to work because I was acting crazy! The officers took me to a doctor in the station instead of to a cell becuse they said I was really nutty but they did not think I was intoxicated and it was obvious that I was on my way to work downtown. The bus I rode was a Park & Ride from the 'burbs'. They found my emergency information in my wallet. The doctor gave me some glucose and then those kind officers drove me to my work. Since then I have worn emergency identification on my person too!!
I have had several. My sister and son are Type 1. My sister was diagnosed at age 17 (6 years) ago and we have had to stay with her in the hospital due to DKA comas several times (she was using iv drugs at the time). Fast forward 6 years to when my son (3 1/2) was diagnosed in an out of state hospital 3 days before my other son's (10 months old) cancerous tumor (Neuroblastoma) ressection in NYC.
I took my older son to a pediatrician in NYC (picked one from the ins. book) for a cold and had them do a urine test. He had been very thirsty and using bathroom alot and knew symptoms from sisters diagnosis. Sure enough, he was over 500 and we took a cab to a hospital across the street from MSKCC (Cancer Hospital).
He wasn't allowed food for a full day. Good luck trying to not let a 3 year old eat! My worst nightmare. 2 toddlers with chronic life-threatening conditions.
6 months later - Jackson is cancer free! Austin (D) is on OmniPod and MM Guardian and BG is under control!
Even being 12, not eating for a full day was terrible. I had skipped breakfast before the doctor appointment and when we were on the way to the hospital, we almost stopped to eat, but we weren't sure if I was allowed to eat. By the end of the day, I was basically screaming at the nurses that I needed to eat. I had 3 meat and cheese trays that didn't have any carbs, even though I had stopped eating meat. :) Then, when I was allowed to eat really late at night, I had a bunch of chicken strips and a huge bowl of macaroni. The kitchen wasn't even in use, but my sweet nurse made the food herself!
You must be a wonderful parent to be dealing with all of this!
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