Beats anything that's happened to me as well. Agree, incredible.
One of my top worst was running out of syringes when pharmacies here close at 6 PM on weekends. Insulin & no way to inject it. Felt like an episode from The Twlight Zone. Called the ER & begged. No luck, even though I'd been a DKA patient in their hospital. Told them if they didn't sell me a few syringes, I'd sit in the ER until I was sick enough to be treated. They didn't care. I had syringes for animal vaccines, but didn't know how to figure out comparable units for insulin.
But, that sure doesn't come close to telling cops I was on angel dust & driving a car over a wall.
I was diagnosed as diabetic early in my first pregnancy. Was using 70/30 insulin at that time and no education at all. Anyway, 8 months pregnant and was with friends doing a package tour in china (last time without baby so I thought I'd do it big time).
This was on our 3rd day. We were leaving the hotel to go to a new place. So I woke up, took my insulin and then proceeded to pack, and then headed down for breakfast. On the way down I started to feel funny, last thing i remember was coming out of the elevator and turning around and around as everythign started to go dark. I came to briefly to find myself sitting down and being given orange juice. Next brief memory was in Ambulance, and finally came to in the Chinese hospital. Have no idea what my blood sugar was, but it was low. The hotel management had called my friends when I collapsed. I was apparently talking nonsense. Good thing my friends speak Chinese (properly - I only speak a little), and knew I was diabetic and that I was probably low. In the chinese hospital they did an u/s to check the baby (she was fine) and a brain eeg. God knows why? Anyway, they let me leave when the Eeg was fine.
Before that never realised I could go unconscious, or how careful one should be with using insulin.
After that I was more careful with making sure I started eating within 15 minutes of injection.
Then after coming to this site I learnt about basal bolus (already post delivery) and started on basal-bolus, which is much safer in terms of timing of food and flexibility.
I have had one low hypo-seizure that I know of ( or as reported to me).
this happend over a decade ago. I was on MDI with Humalog and Lantus at the time. I BIG pre-bolussed for breakfast at Mickey d's, ate it, then threw it up an hour later. The nausea and vomiting, I found out later, was an undesired side effect of a blood-pressure med that I was taking.
I was feeling light headed, but I drove to a friends house, a close girlfriend, I called her on my cell and said I would be coming to her house, because I was sick.. I pulled in her driveway and never made it in the house.
All I can remember is sweating and shaking in the driver's seat. She tried to help me into her home, I could not speak to her and tell her what had happened. I was too weak to get up and walk to her door. She was not getting any verbal responses that she could figure out from me, she said ( I have NO idea what I said).
I remember her shoving me into the passenger side of my own car, and driving me to the hospital, very fast, on the freeway. I remember very little of the drive. I remember she shouted to the attendants at the drive-up part of the ER "She's a diabetic!!!!" The attendants pushd me into a wheelchair. I must have blacked out then, as I have NO RECOLLECTION of anything they did or said to me while i was in the chair. My friend said I started shakiing, my eyes rolled back in my head, and I was seizuring. It was very frightening to her, she thought I was dying..
.Next thing I knew I was staring at the hospital staff while strapped to a guerney with a saline and glucose drip in my arm.
. I remember being very cold and wet from the perspiration.
I began screaming at the top of my lungs. My brain was so confused. I kept screaming and moaning, quite loudly:Break your eardrums, rock concert, tractor-pull loud...Finally the head nurse in charge came over and asked me, "Are you hurting anywhere?' I said "No". She asked Are you scared?" I said, "A little." She said,Well you don't have to be.. your blood sugar was 16 when they brought you in, but now you are at 65.. so you will be alright". I said "Ok".Then I started to scream again!( I do not know why: It just kind of felt like a wonderful release to scream. It didn't really feel like it was me screaming, but some character in a strange Tim Burton movie that I was watching ( I may go see "Dark Shadows" tomorrow). The head nurse came over again, and told me, rather tersely and harshly, "Just be quiet!! You are scaring the other patients. You are going to be ok and we will send you home soon if you will just be quiet!!" I replied "Sure"...
Eventually my blood glucose rose to about 90, but they still made me eat that tasteless hospital meal of plastic mashed potatos and unknown smothered with gravy cut of beef. I was there for may be 2 more hours.. I was so embarassed when I walked out of the ER and had to see the staff that had treated me..They were notat all upset, friendly and laughing, even. about the 'Screaming diabetic". (Wasn't there a low-budget 70's horror movie with Vincent Price titeledd "Scream, Scream , and Scream Again"?) The head nurse even told me she was rough in order to shake me back into reality.. and it did work.
That was close to my worse diabetic experience, but I can remember a few others. I am not particularly fond of recanting the bad stuff: Scary hypos have been, thanks be to God, few and far between.. Yet, I learned from all of them, suffice to say.
OMG the seizures! Totally forgot them but ur comment brought them all nack (what I can remember of them anyway)I can hear u so well on that. Problem is............ mine have been within the last 6 months. Nope soooo don't remember anything about them. My hubby tells me after I have them.........He's been good during the, and now knows wjat to do during them/ I usually will start that after I fall below 21
Hi Doris. I've been reading about the Revel, so my info is totally second hand. I understand there is an automatic turn off when you go low when you program it to do so. Perhaps you should look into this upgrade? It just might save you from going so awfully low. Perhaps your doctor could help you get the process moving if you tell him/her about these seizures.
THANK U!! He knows about them and has for years but I'll talk to the MM rep about it. THANK U AGAIN
I use the Revel. There is an Auto Off. You need to activate it, though. The factory default has it disabled.
Thank U I'll defantaltly tell her about it sounds like a good idea to me.
In the US, the MM Revel only has the auto off, which is not directly related to having low BG. Auto off means if 'x' hours have passed, without any buttons being pressed, then it will shut off the insulin. It is under the Alarms settings, and you set how many hours.
In Europe, if you have the MM with new Elite CGMS, then there is an actual connection between the CGMS BG and pump. It will shut off the insulin when CGMS BG is low, and then turn back on again when BG reaches normal. I'm not sure if this is an optional setting to turn on or not.
This is expected to be available in US in future, pending FDA approval.
How well this works is based on how accurate the sensor CGMS BG is. Some have reported the MM Elite is more accurate than what is available now in the US.
To add to MegaMinx comment : Canada's MM Veo /CGMS ...Sensor menu has a " low suspend " setting ...this is optional and users choice ...mine is set at 3.3 ( x 18 )