Who Will Save Your Life?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-03-04 01:54:58 -0600
Started 2011-05-31 23:07:42 -0500

Many of us work hard to keep our diabetes from interrupting the lives of those around us. We monitor, we plan, we cook, we exercise…we do a lot of things for ourselves. That is great and as it should be.

However; who will save your life if it needs saving? Who are those people close to you who know what to do if you are in trouble and cannot do for yourself what needs to be done? I am speaking of recognizing if you are going low or knowing when to get you to an ER because you are too high.

Did you say "No one"? I surely hope not.
We make plans for so many things in our lives, but this is too often overlooked. We have to make sure that our loved ones know how to help us when we are in need. May that day never have to be experienced, but we must be prepared. It is not a joke and we need to impress on them that unless they wish to live life without you, they need to take it seriously and refresh their steps often with you.

Who will save your life?

64 replies

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-04 01:54:58 -0600 Report

My wonderful husband ( who is now retired ) knows what to do and is always checking on my glucose levels and making sure I always have my meds handy. I also have what I call my Angel who watches over me. A precious Australian Shepherd who has actually saved my life twice by making me wake up and dragging me out of bed when my blood sugar had dropped dangerously low while I was napping. He can tell by my scent when something is wrong.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-02-16 11:03:31 -0600 Report

This is a little off topic but highlights what Gabby is saying, my mother who is 86, and should have known better decided to shower when nobody was there to listen for her, as she went to get up off her shower chair she slipped and landed sideways in the tub with her legs hanging over the outside needless to say she was stuck, with nobody coming home for hours, after being there over an hour she heard someone at the door so she started shouting, luckily she hadn't locked the door and it was a plumber looking for the neighbors house, and he heard her and went in and helped her out. With her health issues to have stayed there much longer would have been deadly.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-17 21:24:42 -0600 Report

At work, Assisted Living, I have found several residents who thought "I can do this myself." in similar positions in their showers. Glad the plumber was lost and helpful. Recently one of my residents almost went into shock in the 15 minutes on the tub floor and when we found her. She had just been checked on by the other RA and I had gone down the hall to the medication room. When I got back to the nurse's station I heard an odd sound from her room about 18 feet away. Went to her room and she was on her back in the tub. She was moving her shower chair against the wall. We checked her every 60 minutes routinely and often every 30 minutes. Hope your Mom will have more patience to wait until someone is nearby "just in case" in the future.

cindygal1 2012-02-16 06:35:05 -0600 Report

I have taught both my husband and my son what to do if anything should happen, plus diabete runs on both sides of the family, my husband sister is only ten miles away, in case they need help, and she is a disbetic too. You can teach all you want too, but you have to hope that they remembetr it and fon't panic when something comes up. My husband is always here, so I am never alone.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-15 23:05:21 -0600 Report

I'm lucky as I have my husband and children. I am almost never alone, and I have a firefighter who lives across the street from me who has a stay at home wife. Our living room windows face each other and they know my routine. Also, my family call/text me at various times throughout the day even when they know I'm not alone.

I'm wondering what we could do for those who are alone?

TsalagiLenape 2012-02-15 22:04:51 -0600 Report

I have no one. Simple and sweet huh? Yet tis the truth.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-16 05:50:42 -0600 Report

Temi, I am here for you if only through moral support! Stay safe and always alert, my husband left me for 3 days this week. This was the first time I've been alone first night I was ok, oh and I forgot to say that my Dnurse advised me to set the alarm during the night for lows, so the second night I woke up about 1 knowing the alarm would be going off at 2 didn't feel bad, but decided to check so I could go back to snoozing, I was at 62. Treated for a low, my faith woke me up. Use your alarm if you are experiencing lows. Take care my friend! Louise

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-05 15:46:02 -0500 Report

I am new to all of this so I'm very thankful for this discussion. I'm here by myself with 2 children all day long & my grandson could get help for me if I needed it. What happens if your BG is too high? What happens if your BG is too low? What can I do to teach my grandson & family how to recognize the signs that I need help?

GabbyPA 2011-06-08 13:12:34 -0500 Report

Here is a video on what a low blood sugar feels like: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/24-what-it-feels-like-to-have-a-low-blood-sugar

Here is a video on what a high blood sugar feels like: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/107-what-it-feels-like-to-have-a-high-blood-sugar---diabetes

He is kind of goofy, but I like him a lot. He really does a great job.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-08 13:46:36 -0500 Report

I like the videos!!! They helped me alot!!!

GabbyPA 2011-06-09 10:52:11 -0500 Report

I like the 1happydiabetic and the pincoushin guy. They are both great and bring a lighter side to diabetes.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-09 11:04:33 -0500 Report

I am glad I watched the video on what low blood sugar feels like. That was exactly how I felt yesterday. After watching the video I tested my BG & my reading was 70. I ate a few things & that helped me feel a little better but not much. Do type 2 diebetics use insulin?

Elrond 2011-06-04 21:36:47 -0500 Report

Now that I live alone, I'm especially glad I have my insulin pump and I've been extremely stable. If I were to become incapacitated and unable to summon help, I could lie here alone til I die. There are a few who might wonder why I'm out of contact but they have no way to contact me and after hours, there is no one to even open my door here at the apartment complex. And leaving my door unlocked isn't an option in this neighborhood. If anyone has a solution, I'd be happy to hear it.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-15 23:06:39 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear that, maybe time to try a diabetic service dog?

jayabee52 2012-02-15 23:12:49 -0600 Report

Come to think of it, I don't think David has posted for a while, — just checked his profile and his last posting was 6 months ago (this was posted on 15 Feb 2012)

I pray he is OK.

jayabee52 2012-02-16 11:53:10 -0600 Report

screen name" Elrond". He is a T1 with heart problems, an author and many other things. It was neat to know him. He was one of those posting on DC when I was just new to this site (over 3 yrs ago).

Somoca 2011-06-05 05:12:17 -0500 Report

I am seriously considering the life lock alarm, they have one you can wear around your neck and you can press a button for help. Still looking into options.

Elrond 2011-06-05 05:29:53 -0500 Report

That wouldn't solve my problem. I have a very sturdy front door and emergency crews would hesitate to break in when it may be a false alarm. There is no one in the apartment complex office from 5:00 PM Friday until 7:00 AM Monday. If I were to need emergency assistance over the weekend, no one could get in. I haven't gotten to know any of my neighbors well enough to trust them with a key and the few I have met are rarely at home. I live in fear of suffering another diabetic seizure that could overload my already weakened heart. I'm taking medicine for both conditions but now that I no longer have a roommate, nobody 'has my back'.

GabbyPA 2011-06-05 08:59:13 -0500 Report

The one my mom has the operator calls over a speaker box in her room and if she doesn't respond, they will send someone. Otherwise she just tells them that it's a false alarm or the monthly check.

granniesophie 2011-06-05 07:31:42 -0500 Report

Oh, and also this-I know you live in Phoenix, so do I. Buddy system, maybe I could check on you??? Even just a phone call a couple times a week maybe?

GabbyPA 2011-06-05 09:02:29 -0500 Report

I don't have a system set up, but I do have a friend that if I don't hear from here for a day or two, I have to call to see where she's at and what she's doing. It is a good idea.

granniesophie 2011-06-05 07:29:42 -0500 Report

My Mom has Alert 1, and they offer something called a lock box, which you can keep somewhere in the area of your door, is on a combination, and you keep your door keys in it. Alert 1 has the combination and they give it to the emergency crew so they can just open your door and don't have to break in, just open with the keys, and leave the keys inside when they come in. Then you can put them back in the lock box after everything is back to normal. You could find a place for the lock box that you could attach it to. Like a railing or patio rail or something?
Maybe this could work for you?

Somoca 2011-06-04 20:41:09 -0500 Report

Well now that you mention it. I guess there's no one. My son, maybe- but lord knows I wouldn't bet on it. My best friend lives two cities from me, I guess he's it. I better let him know, LOL.

Type1Lou 2011-06-04 10:08:35 -0500 Report

My husband is my hero. He's saved me countless times with glucagon when I was unconcious due to low BG. I've started power-walking with my friend, Tina, 4 times a week and last night, after our walk, my BG was 46 (not enough carbs at dinner to cover the 2u of Novolog I took, I think). She insisted on following me home to make sure I was OK and called this morning to check up on me. All my friends know that I have diabetes and what to do if I can't help myself. Luckily, I can usually tell ahead of time, when my BG is dropping and take steps myself to get it back up. I never leave the house without my meter. I'm blessed to have caring people around me.

cheetah1976 2011-06-03 21:01:42 -0500 Report

Funny, I never had anyone who would take care of me or know what to do until my husband Donnie Today he took off work to go with me and learned about diet and what to do in emergency.

GabbyPA 2011-06-04 09:30:58 -0500 Report

This is great. Such a great hubby. I have taken mine to a few classes with me as well. It helps a lot to have someone else explain a few things.

pkwillhoite 2011-06-03 13:17:54 -0500 Report

I have a boyfriend and 2 kids but they would not know what to do because they never listen to me and they say I am just trying to et attention or they have no interest in listening to me when I try to explain it to them… I am basically alone in this…

GabbyPA 2011-06-04 09:29:56 -0500 Report

This makes me so mad. I am sorry that your family doesn't get it. What I might suggest is to take them to the doctor visits with you and have the doctor explain what is going on with you. That is horrible. I know that I don't totally understand all that my husband goes through, and he doesn't with me either, but we support each other the best we can. Caring is part of that.

PetiePal 2011-06-02 09:32:54 -0500 Report

You know I never used to get worried about it before but I live alone for 3/4 of the year and if I were to pass out from low sugar I'd kinda be alone lol. I've thought about it a bit though, not too much I can really do in the interim but luckily I've never gotten that low and when I do I know how to counteract it quickly

Maui wisper
Maui wisper 2011-06-01 23:59:21 -0500 Report

I have tought my 13 yr old daughter and husband how to give me insulin and how to give me half a coke if needed or when to call 911. Scribbles I love your idea about your grandmothers name !!!! I will pass that on to my next diabetic meeting.

runthe 2011-06-01 23:08:55 -0500 Report

No one. I have a husband and God forbid if I have a low which I havent had one because he would not know what to do.

cindygal1 2012-02-16 06:43:50 -0600 Report

I think that is time that you teach what to do in case something does happen. My husband is also a diabetic, so that helps too. He knows what to do, if anything goes wrong.

runthe 2012-02-16 10:53:54 -0600 Report

Since this have been written my husband is now a diabetic and now knows what to do. He seems to want to learn more now that he is a diabetic. He would always ignore me when I tried to talk to him about anything that had to do with diabetes. Now he often asking me questions.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-02 17:11:34 -0500 Report

Oh sweetheart maybe you should talk to him and tell him what he needs to do to save your life if you do have a problem. I'm wishing you all the best. Stay safe.

Dixiemom 2011-06-01 16:43:56 -0500 Report

My husband is my biggest supporter and he's also my caregiver. Because of the neuropathy I need constant watching. All my kids and inlaws along with grandchildren know my situation. I am so blessed with family that cares and understands and keeps an eye open foe me.

scribbles 2011-06-01 15:54:50 -0500 Report

When I quit being friendly my husband knows to ask me my maternal grandmother's name. If I can not pronounce it, he calls 911. I wear a MedicAlert bracelet mainly because I cover 5 counties in my work.

MarkieMarkie 2011-06-01 15:27:00 -0500 Report

I keep instructions in my purse… at my job… and in my truck… I also wear a medic alert braclet… even my 7 year old grandchild knows how to help me when my SL is low. It is important to let everyone know what your condition is and what to do if you experience a sugar low or other diabetic related issue. Hope this helps.

GabbyPA 2011-06-03 09:17:50 -0500 Report

Thank you! You get stars for that effort and your family has places in heaven. This is what we all need to do.

realsis77 2011-06-01 11:32:03 -0500 Report

Very sobering thought! My children and husband know and watch me but are not always here. I do have a medical alert bracelet I wear constantly and have another around the mirror of my car in necklace form. Sometimes our loved ones WON'T be there so I feel its important to have a medical alert tag in case your alone!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-01 01:01:21 -0500 Report

I am thankful I have a wonderful husband who is very smart and quick thinking. He is always studying and researching things. He probly knows more about diabetes than I do. Then there's my dog. Believe it or not my dog has already saved my life twice. Two times when I was sleeping my blood sugar had dropped extremely low. My dog woke me up and made me get up. Of course I was groggy and thought from sleep so I just thought he wanted out. He didn't want out and wouldn't leave me alone. I took my BS and it was below 70, I drank a glass of orange juice and when my sugar finally came back up my dog settled down and wanted to go back to bed.

Harlen 2011-05-31 23:53:23 -0500 Report

I thank god my wife is a CCRN but in almost 6 years I havent had a low or high I didnt know of,thank god.
best wishes all

GabbyPA 2011-06-01 00:06:58 -0500 Report

You are very fortunate Harlen. I have not experienced it either, but my mom has and I was glad to be around when she needed some help. She's in her last 70's and people can just mistake her low for being old and out of balance. We have to be aware and know what to do.

Harlen 2011-06-01 14:17:46 -0500 Report

Your right Gabby
When we where on the cruse a woman was acting funny and she was ny herself
I went up to her and asked how she was doing ,she sed she didnt know I asked if she had D -she sed she didnt know if she was or not so I asked her if it was ok to test her BS she sed ok I did and her BS was 23 Not good I gave her 4 tabs of sugar and in 15 min she was up to 92 .Then I asked her where her things were?
In her bags thats not the place to keep then and I asked did she have a alert tag she sed NO then I asked her what did she think would have happn ed if I did think and check for D ????? she did somke thinking on that I sean her two days later and we had a long talk .She sed she would keep her stuff with her from now on ,and when we got to St,Tomes she got a alert braslet -a nice one too.
Best wishes

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-31 23:22:46 -0500 Report

Apparently we live in very different worlds.

GabbyPA 2011-05-31 23:35:27 -0500 Report

Actually, it was your post on another discussion that made me think of this. It is not that our families don't love us. They just don't understand how serious it can be and how important it is that they know what to do. My husband loves me, he kind of understands what to do. But it is my mom and I who watch out for each other. There is always an exchange of "are you doing okay?" between us and we know the meds we each are taking. This was a reminder to me as well, that I need to make sure my husband at least knows where to find instructions on what to do.

Starry20 2011-06-01 14:13:32 -0500 Report

I have my mom and two of my friends even know, if I collapse 911 and the call my mom, and if it doesn't work only one knows to give a glucagon injection.. But still, I'm very independent but they still look out for me…

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