Watching My Type 1 Husband Seize, Hallucinate and Not Recognize Me

One year ago today I was confronted by a side of Type 1 Diabetes I had never seen before and pray to never see again. It took over my husband’s body, forcing out a person that not only couldn’t recognize me but was fearful of me as well. Continue Reading

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Comment by Trudy on February 7, 2012 at 1:14pm

This is one of the scariest blogs I've ever read. Thanks for writing. (Any way I can opt out of this Type 1?)

Comment by LaGuitariste on February 7, 2012 at 2:19pm

Very sad. I hate it that people have to go through this. I'm glad they were both OK in the end, but it sounds like a living nightmare for her at the time.

Comment by smileandnod on February 7, 2012 at 2:31pm

The worst part of this disease for me is seeing the fear and worry on the faces of my husband and other loved ones. Bless our loved ones.

Comment by Doris D on February 7, 2012 at 4:00pm

I'm sorry u had to live through that. My husband is the one who's had that action happen to him like u. In this house I'm the Type 1 and he gets thihngs like that all the time. Bless him for being there for me. Bless u for being there when that happened to ur husband! U don't really know how much he depends on u now.

Comment by Holger Schmeken on February 8, 2012 at 12:38am

A friend of mine is a firefighter and the diabetics in hypo have really impressed him. One time they needed six people to get one under control. I have seen that for myself in the hospital after diagnosis. One of the patients totally freaked out at night and they chased him from floor to floor. I have tried to prepare my wife for this moment with as many details as possible. As you have experienced this will be emotionally overwhelming and it really needs cold blood to apply the glucagon shot. In doubt I have given her the ok to always inject the shot with force. Your experience also shows that it is possible to get out of seizure and to claim that everything is fine - which is of course not the case with a BG of 30 mg/dl or lower. A human brain can not work without carbohydrates and not much of our personality will be left then. This is another detail I will share with my wife. Thanks for writing your blog.

I needed a glucagon shot once in my life. More than 20 years have passed since then. It was the first day of the holidays with my parents and I was really exhausted from the drive to Denmark. By mistake I injected the dosage of the morning at night and this gave me a really bad low and a seizure. My parents have been haunted by this for a long time. I think they still shudder of these memories. The situation was scary and came suddenly without warning. You might think that you should have done this or that but this is theoretical. Now you know and hopefully this knowledge will never be needed again. For the diabetic it is also easy to develop fears of lows afterwards. So I think it is important to find the cause of the low - the mistake we have made. This will help to recognize that we are still in charge of our BG.

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