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I have had diabetes 36 years and had Hypoglycemia Unawareness for most of this time. Way too many comical and scary stories to share! I have a continuous blood glucose monitor that helps, but I live alone and it is still a concern...My insurance has changed coverage and I have to meet $2500 deductible before they will pay 80%. I have not been able to afford this so I have been doing without. Anyway, have passed out, blacked out or been unconscious 4 times during the last 1 1/2 months. I wake up 2-3 hours later due to liver producing glucacon or similar substance. I have not been extremely worried about it, but today EMTs said that I could die. One tech had 15, the other had 8 die with hypoglycemia / insulin shock and then heart failure. I have never been that concerned, because everything usually works out. I got more diligent when I blacked out and had an car accident. I did not hurt anyone or self. Thank God! But the question I have is what exactly happens during hypoglycemic event with other organs? My blood pressure was way up today and usually have no problems with blood pressure. My memory is extremely compromised and I say it has alot to do with the blackouts from insulin reactions, even though clinicians say it is not. Advice, feedback and education would be appreciated. I have considered getting a alert dog, but do not want the responsibility. I would love to have one for driving and sleeping, but they are working dogs and HAVE to be with you constantly....Have not been ready to take this step yet. Thanks for your help.
Hi djt! I have been diabetic for 42 years and also have had hypoglycemic unawareness most of that time. I am sure we both have many scary stories to share. I, too, have been unconscious many times during the past couple of months. The EMT's have told me that I am very lucky to be alive, after being unconscious on the floor for over 6 hours at a time, and they find it very hard to believe that I am still able to give them my name when they finally bring me back around. My short term memory seems to be what has been compromised the most from all of this, and everybody has told me it is due to all my lows and the lack of sugar in my brain for long periods of time. I don't know about you, but I am able to walk around and carry on a conversation with a blood sugar in the low 20's, but anything below that and I am out! I am also highly allergic to the glucagon shot that they administer when we are passed out. My doctors have told me that my body goes into a fight or flight mode when I pass out, and that in turn produces adrenalin that helps elevate my blood sugar. I also have a dog that has saved my life numerous times, even though he has never been trained to help. I would love to have a Diabetes Alert Dog that could go everywhere I go, but they are so very expensive, and nobody in my area trains them, so I do totally understand what you are saying. I do believe that all of our body organs are effected when we pass out, and we need to do everything we can to prevent that from happening as much as possible. We have both been very lucky for as long as this has been happening to us, but I sure don't want to push my luck and have something really horrible happen. Hang in there, and have a great Thanksgiving!