Took this from one of my other sites (cafemom.com) Figured I would share here... the initial incident happened on 9/28/08... so that's when I wrote this first part... the "update" happened the NEXT night :(

(9/28/08)
Unfortunately last night I woke up at 3 am (ish) w/ about 6 paramedics standing at my bedside, administering some IVs and stuff in my arm to raise my blood sugar. Apparently I woke Jonathan (hubby) up from my "gasps" for air as he described it. He tried to get me to respond but I wouldn't response at all. This is unfortunately not the first time this has happened to me while sleeping, BUT in my sleep it really is the scariest because if no one notices I just simply wouldn't wake to care for my babies again. I cried out of desperation last night after they all left and my sugar was back to normal. The possibilities of what could have happened are HORRIBLE.

I will contact my Endo's nurse on Monday to see if I need to make any adjustments for my mornings to turn out ALIVE :) She actually may read this blog as well and I know they are concerned BUT w this very unpredictable disease (specially trying to keep my numbers under tight control while preg) things can happen. Hopefully, this won't happen again! It is indescribable the feeling of being brought back to that sort of news :(

Well I will also be calling my OB to see how this kind of episode may affect the belly baby... The resurrection hope is a GREAT comfort BUT I don't want to EVER be away from my kids... I am sure all parents reading can certainly understand that real fear we all face at times. I hope never to come as close again!

"update" (9/29/08)
OMG... so apparently "never again" came WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAayyyyyy too quickly. Again this am at 1:30 am I woke up to the same scenario as above. I really thought "OH CRAP!!! this can't be happening again!" I thought I was dreaming... How can I cheat death 2 times in a row? A loving God I worship is truly watching over me and my unborn. I am truly blessed to be here and I am overwhelmed at the last 2 days. My husband simply woke up and "knew" something was wrong so he tried to wake me up and no response...

Paramedics came and after they injected the glucose directly in my veins my blood glucose after they administered the glucose was at was 15!!! Well a person needs 3 things to live as they said: a heartbeat, oxygen AND sugar.... w/o sugar brain activity stops and soon after the heart stops as well. So close to that I was and like I said really cannot believe I am still alive :) Crying, crying, crying all day thru because of the thought of my children w/o their mother to care for them and the things I would miss... It's AWFUL and terrifying,, all the horrible emotions I am feeling are simply overwhelming.

The paramedics did take me to the ER last night for observation and blood work but released me w/o monitoring the baby because they said I should go into my OB today and have baby scanned. My OB is in surgery so they rescheduled me for tomorrow at 9am to see if the baby's heart is still beating after these last 2 episodes.

My endo (diabetes Dr.) already has made adjustments to my meds to try to prevent any further low's.

I pray everything will be OK and pray even harder it does not happen again anytime soon (or at all would be better).




10/31/08
Well the OB visit was fine... baby's heart was still beating, thank God! No more lows (at least not while sleeping since those nights. I have had a couple close call while awake and caring for my children!! I check my bg about 10-13 times per day and send regular updates to my endo! I EAT all the time! and have very few hi's... I just hope this REALLY never happens again!

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Comment by Autumn on October 31, 2008 at 12:52pm
Maybe your unborn baby is producing enough insulin for both of you. I've heard of that happening before. God is good isn't He? I'm glad He's kept you safe thus far. Maybe you should ask your Endo if you can get put on a CGM until your baby is delivered. This would help you see the lows coming before you get to the pass out point. Your recent episodes make you seem like the ideal canidate.
Comment by Melissa B on October 31, 2008 at 4:31pm
Thanks for your comment.. I am currently on the preg medicaid and of course they make it SUPER hard to approve things like that... and why should I wait for another "episode" to get approved... but I am doing much better now. I've never heard of the baby's insulin affecting the mother's but I'll def look into that- believe it or not it is EXTREMELY difficult to do any type of research regarding type 1 and pregnancy... but I will sure try. I think the reason for those lows was that my range was dramatically changed b/c of the pregnancy to keep baby developing "normal" or as normal as can be expected. My range was 60-90 before meals and no more than 120 -1 hr after meals, anything over 120 I was correcting for. So pretty tight! I have since changed my range in the evenings to attempt to prevent further "episodes" THANKS so much for your comment :)
Comment by Nina on November 3, 2008 at 8:38pm
Melissa, my heart goes to you, it's very scary. Hang in there.
Comment by Terry on January 18, 2009 at 12:03pm
Melissa,

I'm new to this wonderful site, and just stumbled upon your story. Wow!!!!! I noticed the dates were several months ago. And it appears everyone is healthy and happy. (beautiful pic BTW)

The lows do scare me the most. I have only been diabetic for about 5 years, so I figure I've been bought about 36 years of this crap. Therefore, I'll trade a high for a low anyday. At least for now.

Be safe, and good luck.

Terry

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