Hospital care sucks!

By Armourer Latest Reply 2013-11-11 04:47:27 -0600
Started 2013-11-08 15:00:26 -0600

I got out of the hospital yesterday after three days for pneumonia. I lost four pounds (good thing), but diet went out the window, and so did my BG. They wouldn't give me my 50 units of Lantus at noon when admitted, nor use my carb counting for meals (sliding scale only). Nor test my BG before a meal. Menu said I could order a pizza (say what!), so I did, and they freaked out when my BG spiked to 177, and then I got 1 unit of Humalog four hours after I ate. Come morning my BG was 69! They finally got it down about the Lantus being 50u in morning & 50u at night. But never the Humalog. Yet my sugars were in the high lows or low normals, even when I ate stuff I'd never eat at home (pancakes, cinnamon roll, rice, fruit, etc.). Okay, I was trying to prove them wrong. I did, but I fooled me too. Asked my doc why it was all so weird, and his reply was, "Getting sick messes with BG." Big help, I knew that, my experience proved to me this. All I can say is that I need to just skip November; because last year at this time I was in the hospital (different one) for cellulitis, and had the same experience.

9 replies

Nick1962 2013-11-10 19:12:32 -0600 Report

Sorry you had such a bad experience, but glad you're out and well enough to tell us about it. I had just the opposite during my back surgery stay. Told them I was controlled, but they still tested each time they did my vitals, constantly asked if they should order me any special food/diet, even offered to administer pain meds by shot so I could discontinue the glucose/dextrose drip. Taught me alternative test sites like my earlobe too, and these weren't the mature seasoned nurses either.

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2013-11-10 05:25:07 -0600 Report

I've had the same type of experiences when it came to being in the hospital. It was like they had no idea of how to take care of me. I got fed u

kejo 2013-11-09 07:46:31 -0600 Report

Plus, if they gave you steroids to help you breath. Steroids automatically increases ones blood glucose.

kimfing 2013-11-08 18:13:06 -0600 Report

Im glad you are home and safe:-) what a crock. They are suppose to be medical professionals!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-11-08 17:39:36 -0600 Report

Sounds like a good plan to avoid November.
Nothing like being sick and still having to fight with the "professionals" about what you should or shouldn't do for Diabetes.
My Boss related that when her Dad was in the hospital they almost gave him Metformin. Luckily she was there and stopped them since he was not Diabetic. Then she caught two med errors when her son was in ICU.
Doesn't seem to matter were the hospital is, you have to be able (or someone has to) speak for you.
Hope you are improving and getting over the pneumonia. It made me feel awful for quite a while when I had it in my twenties.

Harlen 2013-11-08 16:41:33 -0600 Report

I make them do what is needed !
How are you doing now ?
Best wishes

Glucerna 2013-11-08 20:15:38 -0600 Report

I hope you're feeling better. Like your doctor said, when you're sick your blood sugar is more difficult to manage. Add in a different routine, eating different food, and blood sugar management becomes more difficult. Advocating for yourself and always having someone else with you to ask questions is also a good idea. I wonder if you plan a month-long vacation next November if that would help? :) ~Lynn @Glucerna