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Some of you may know that I was in the hospital last week for a case of cellulitis. I came home on Friday and am recovering. As we all know, hospitals are not good places for diabetics. My husband took me to the ER ( which my PCP doctor said to do.) Suspecting that I would be admitted for treatment of IV antibiotics, I took along with me my meter and my insulin vial and syringe. In the ER they confirmed that I had cellulitis and, yes I would be admitted. I told every medical professional that came to question me that I was a T-1 diabetic. They all said that they knew. While waiting in the ER, I was brought lunch. It was not too bad. A turkey sandwich and apple sauce and coffee. I checked my BG and took appropriate insulin to cover the carbs. No one came to ask to take my BG or offer any insulin. I waited the rest of the afternoon, checked my BG again. As it got toward dinner time, they brought me dinner. It was not something I could eat so I asked for something else. I checked my BG and took insulin again. They said I would be admitted as soon as a room was available. I finally asked a nurse why no one had come to check my BG or offer me any insulin. I told her that I had taken my own BG and insulin. Her answer really floored me. She said that until I was officially admitted to a room they had no place to put me. Since they are completely automated and everything is on computers, I wasn't really a patient until I was admitted and had a room. I couldn't believe this. She didn't seem to mind that I had taken my BG and insulin on my own. She didn't even ask what my numbers were. When I did get up to my room, I told the nurse taking care of me about this. She said , Yes that's how they do it down there (in the ER). So I would suggest if you ever need to go to the hospital, take your own meter and insulin.