HAD A SCARE THIS WEEKEND

k9lawman0044
By k9lawman0044 Latest Reply 2011-06-16 17:12:19 -0500
Started 2011-06-13 04:37:45 -0500

LEFT WORK FRIDAY MORNING AND BY THE TIME I GOT TO MY VEHICLE I REMEMBER NOTHING FOR ALMOST AN HOUR. I WAS TEXTING MY WIFE AND TALKING TO HER ON THE PHONE AND MAKING NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER. AFTER MY WIFE MADE SOME CALLS TO MY CO WORKERS THEY FOUND ME PRETTY MUCH OUT OF IT BUT STILL CONCIOUS. BUT I DONT REMEMBER ANY OF IT. THEY GAVE ME SOME KIND OF FRUIT JUICE AND I STARTED COMING OUT OF IT. HAS ANYONE HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN TO THEM.


28 replies

jladytiger1979
jladytiger1979 2011-06-14 20:09:08 -0500 Report

done that it is soooo scary! Usually when my bs is too low. Always carry glucose tabs or snacks with you!! Eat regularly!! Make sure you talk to your Dr about it to ars diet and/or medication! Good luck!!

Lee J
Lee J 2011-06-14 14:57:42 -0500 Report

yes, this has happened to me as well, albeit a minor episode. I was at a stoplight going to work. I looked down at my lap & when I looked up, I couldn't remember where I was going or why I was dressed the way I was. Thankfully, I knew who I was, where I was & how to get home, but absolutely nothing else. My BS at breakfast was abt 240. Thankfully, abt a mile down the road (several stoplights), I snapped back when I got to where I had to turn. Scared the bazingas out of me. Last thing I could remember was a job I had retired from 2 yrs previous! This is the first I've heard abt it being related to diabetes; I thought it was early on-set alzhiemers! Panic! Thanx for sharing.

Gimpalong
Gimpalong 2011-06-14 01:09:28 -0500 Report

Last year I had a similar experience, but my blood sugar was over 1400. That was as high as the hospital glucometer would go. I didn't have any memory of leaving the doctor's office or going to the hospital. I was there for 5 days. My problem was caused by a severe infection. That was when I was put on insulin. Since then, I've had problems yo-yoing with high spikes 714 or higher down to 64. I'm now working with a nutritionist who is a doctor, and he deals only with people who have diabetes. My bs's are coming down with the control range of 120-80. I pray that you don't have anymore incidents. Take care of yourself.

Steam hammer
Steam hammer 2011-06-13 16:30:06 -0500 Report

Yes I have been 2 diabetic commas this yr and I had the exact same symtomps , you sugar was very low its a good think your co-workers got there in time .Because if they hadn't got their you proboly .have gone into a comma

Narg
Narg 2011-06-13 14:07:11 -0500 Report

After being a Type 1 diabetic for almost 40 years I've had some doozies. In my mid 30's I started having all types of reactions with ZERO WARNING! Wow that is very frightning.

This was when I was on the "old school" method of diabetic treatment. Only 2 shots a day, with both long and short acting insulin. I moved where I lived around that time and started seeing a new Endo doc. He started me on the DCCT method, with a single long acting at night shot, and variable shots before each meal. After about 1 year I gained back my ability to sense my reactions coming on. This was a miracle! Control of my diabetes has been fantastic (well, at least good…) ever since.

Here's the basics for why/how. I was having insulin reactions at night, between 12:00am and 3:00am every single day. Since I was asleep, I never knew. My body had become so used to the lows, that it no longer reacted to them. I never got the shakes, never noticed until it was too late and I was fully in the throws of a full in reaction, from wild emotion swings to passing out to all types of horror. And, my BG was back to normal by morning, so there was no reason to even think there was a problem. (this occurs due to how your liver stores and processes sugars… A good dietician or doc can explain this)

Since getting my glucose in control both day AND night, my body had relearned how to sense and react to low BG.

If you get a chance, test your BG at an early morning time a few times and see if you might be getting low BG at night. Even the newer control methods, including pumps, can get messed up at this time of the night too. If this is the case, ask your doctor to adjust your regiment to get back control while you are alseep.

NurseEmma
NurseEmma 2011-06-13 16:14:29 -0500 Report

Do you take insulin in the evening before bed. Mother did that twice and scared my father to death. She was taking too much insulin and it about got her. She was not checking her BS in the evening.

Narg
Narg 2011-06-13 22:39:06 -0500 Report

Yep, every evening. Some people I've heard from talk about changing to morning, but I'm not convinced that's a good thing, at least not for every case. Just remember, Gotta check them in the middle of the night too. It's a real test to an individuals metabolism as to what they need. Most difficult part I've found over the years is something that's very common knowledge now. That is, different foods have different effects on night BGs. Every now and then I have a low 3am BG for no apparent reason, then I recheck my meals from the previous day and can usually find something that metabolizes faster than usual, causing these morning lows. When I do catch these like I should, I eat a bed time snack high in protien to carry me through the night at a more level rate.

frustated
frustated 2011-06-13 11:55:16 -0500 Report

I had something like that happen to me acctually three years ago. I had just got back from dalllas and the next morning went to pick up my son from work.I had my oldest granddaughter with me.All I remember is getting to the four way stop and the rest was blank. I woke up 12 hours later in I.C.U. and my bllodpressure was at 55/33. They thought i had overdosed but all my meds were accounted for.So they started running tests on my heart they told me I was conbative with the EMT's and that I fought the doctors in the ER and up to this day don't remember it.The most scarest part was when they told me I had my baby with me and I thought I had hurt her they had to bring her in to prove to me she was fine then I calmed down.Now every time we pass through there she says that where you felll to sleep and wouldn't wake up.

scribbles
scribbles 2011-06-16 17:12:19 -0500 Report

contact MedicAlert and get a bracelet on yourself NOW! Most first responders/EMT's do NOT even think about diabetes and if the emergency room or hospital does not recognize you they will not think to check your sugars. They are all trained to look for the medical jewelry for allergies, etc. so you can and will get the help you need. I have worn their jewelry since 1995 and have only needed it twice.
www.medicallert.org

NurseEmma
NurseEmma 2011-06-13 16:08:10 -0500 Report

You live in Texas? My daughter lives in Whitehouse. Small world aye. You've seen Steel Magnolia where Julia Roberts was in the beauty shop and had a bout low BS and she fought with when they tried to give her OJ.>> I wonder why they didn't check your BS in the ER or ambulance. I'm glad your grand daughter was OK. I would feel the same way if it was one of my grandsons.

NurseEmma
NurseEmma 2011-06-13 11:54:02 -0500 Report

Well I've taken care of patients that had a Bs in the 20's. They were passed out of course. Having a hypoglycemic bout can be frightening. My sugar drops in the 40's. On occasion. I feel really bad. However, I know what is going on so I eat some protein and perhaps a peppermint candy. Do you know the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia? You have a computer right? Search out hypoglycemia. There you will find them. Did you become jittery inside, sweating profusely, confused and kinda have an attitude of DON'T BOTHER ME? Becoming hot and sweating is a sure sign of you are in trouble. Go immediately and get something real sweet. Keep hard candy on hand if ya have to. Do you have one of those small picket size One-touch monitors? They come in handy. Hope I have been helpful. If I come off too talkie I will blame it on the 33 years of nursing. God Bless. Be safe!

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-06-14 21:03:10 -0500 Report

NurseEmma: I get the same symptoms with lows as I do with highs, so I hope I always have time to check my bs first. Otherwise, I may end up taking on carbs when I shouldn't. I start getting the shakes before I even get down to 100, but I would have to go over 160 to get shakes from high. My Dr says he doesn't want me to get down lower than 70, because he doesn't want my body to adjust to that low of a number. ;-) Mara

Narg
Narg 2011-06-13 14:13:43 -0500 Report

Lowest I've tested and still was in a "working" state was a BG of 13. Just enough energy to eat some fruit. Passed out right after, but woke up when the fruit metabolised. Wow that was scary.

NurseEmma
NurseEmma 2011-06-13 15:57:52 -0500 Report

I've heard of that low but it was in ER. naturally we gave 50%dextrose slow intravenously. That is almost pure dextrose really for the body to use. I get scared every time they don't respond very quickly.

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2011-06-13 07:47:47 -0500 Report

Glad you had someone looking after you! I'm not sure if any of my co-workers would do anything like that for me. Thankfully I've always been able to catch my lows before I got out of it completely. My lowest low so far was 38.

SongDude
SongDude 2011-06-13 07:35:16 -0500 Report

Oh yeah… this post hits home, no doubt. When it happened to me, I remember seeing dots in my frontal vision, and a cold numbness beginning in my jaw and chin. My vision began to turn grayish, and I had the presence of mind to go into the kitchen. I'm surprised that I didn't make one hell of a mess, as I was trying to get some pasta out of the 'fridge (at that point, there was NO sugar products at all in the house, as I had gone 'militant' when I learned of my diagnosis… my wife eventually had enough of my selfishness, and bought 10 pounds of sugar [haha] - since she's not diabetic, and thought that I had gone off of my rocker - which, I had.). There were 'missing' gaps in time, as I didn't remember being in one part of the kitchen; then, I was in the living room, and my mind kept screaming "You've got to get into the kitchen, and eat something!". My cell phone was in the bedroom, as I had considered calling 911 - and my wife was asleep - I didn't want to worry her. Nor did I want to call 911, as I have no medical insurance, and ambulance costs are going out of sight. At one point, I was on the floor. Then, I came out of the fog, as I was eating pasta. My stomach nearly refused the pasta, as I felt really queasy when I was 're-entering' the world as I remembered it. It took 15 to 20 minutes or so, for me to feel somewhat normal. This was when I was first began my insulin, and still didn't have a meter. It scared me in a major way. I was at the clinic early the next morning, and things got straightened out with my med levels. On my Bayer Contour meter, I have alarms set for my low blood sugar, as well as my highs. We now have lollipops in the car, should it ever happen on a trip. Thanks for sharing, k9!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-06-13 07:01:19 -0500 Report

You had a low blood sugar episode and it is fantastic that your wife was able to get your co-workers out there to help you out. I have not had this happen to me, but I can imagine how frightening it would be to loose that time and find that you were pretty close to some serious issues. I did a discussion on "Who will save your life" http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/11110-who-will-save-your-life and it sounds like you have a good network of people who have done that for you.

Did you find what made you go low? Knowing that will help prevent it in the future.

k9lawman0044
k9lawman0044 2011-06-13 07:05:03 -0500 Report

NO HAVE NOT FOUND OUT WHY CAUSE BY THE TIME I GOT TO A DR I HAD DRANK SOME KIND OF FRUIT JUICE THEY GAVE ME AND ATE SOMETHING SO MY BS WAS ABOUT 103, BUT HOPEFULLY IT DOESNT HAPPEN AGAIN, VERY SCARY…THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY…

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-06-13 07:07:48 -0500 Report

Did you skip lunch or take too much insulin? Did you have a particularly low carb meal before you bottomed out or maybe did you exert yourself physically? I would try to remember what you did before the episode if you can. It will help you a lot down the road.

k9lawman0044
k9lawman0044 2011-06-13 07:11:29 -0500 Report

I AM NEWLY DIAGNOSED AND DONT TAKE ANY MEDS YET JUST WATCHING DIET AND EXCERSING, I HAD ATE A SMALL SALAD AND A PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BAR ABOUT 3 AM AND LEFT WORK AT 8 AM, I HAVE AN OFFICE JOB POLICE DISPATCHER SO KIND OF STRESSFUL BUT THATS IT..

k9lawman0044
k9lawman0044 2011-06-13 07:18:56 -0500 Report

NO THEY DIDNT. I WAS STUBBORN DIDNT GOT TO ER AT THE TIME WHATED COUPLE OF HOURS BEFORE GOING TO DR… SHAME ON ME

cavie2
cavie2 2011-06-13 05:01:14 -0500 Report

Never had that happen, usually if you are going into a hypo or hyper you get some kind of warning like tremors. Mine start in my knees and when the bs gets lower the tremors work up to my right arm and hand, lower still and it moves to my shoulders that's when I know I have to get something ASAP. The knack is listening to your body, what it feels like, do you feel strange, light headed, tremors etc anything out of the ordinary test immediately and get some OJ into you. lol. hope you are feeling better.

k9lawman0044
k9lawman0044 2011-06-13 05:06:32 -0500 Report

I REMEMBER FEELING A LITTLE WEAK AND HAD A NUMB FEELING IN MY ARM AND FACE. I ALSO HAD A WIERD SMELL ON MY BREATH. AFTER THAT DONT REMEMBER NOTHING FOR ALMOST AN HOUR…