Does your family members know what to do just in case something happens??

roshy
By roshy Latest Reply 2009-02-17 01:00:17 -0600
Started 2009-02-14 15:35:23 -0600

This is a very frightning story and im sorry its a morbid. But I thought i might share it with you incase you find yoruself in the same suituation.
A young Type one was out celabrating her finial year of school, we call it the "Debs" over here. But she arrived home and went to bed after having alcohol and basicaly a good night out.
The next day she was continously getting sick, coulnt eat, very dehydrated and wasnt improving. Her father sat with her for the night and without thinking her gave her red bull(high sugar drink) to bring up what he thought was a low.. The young girl passed out and was rushed to the hospital. She sadly passed away due to her fathers misconception that she was not having a low infact her sugars went too high.

If he knew to check her sugars before giving her anything this would never of happened. or he could of simply rang for the abulance straight way when signs were not improving.

What i would like to know is how much understanding do your family members have of the condition, do they know what to do incase something does go wrong??

My brother is completely freaked out when my father goes low and panics. He knows nothing about my diabetes, what i should and shouldnt be doing.

My next door neighbour is Type One and has colapsed a couple of times. On these occasions her husband (married over 30 years) has come knocking on OUR door asking what to do since he hasnt got a clue and knows my father has the same condition!!

thanks for the feed back!


9 replies

dyanne
dyanne 2009-02-17 01:00:17 -0600 Report

Hi, I just wanted to say it is quite amazing what people dont know that could be the difference between life and death. I have a friend whom is a type 1 and I have saved her life twice. Her son called to ask me to go check on her and thank goodness her door was unlocked !!!! She was passed out on the floor and her sugar was a 10 !!!!! Thank God she made it through. We were speaking today and I was telling her about the site… she does not use a computer unfortunatlly . She has had a boyfriend for the last 4 years and she just found out today that he thought when she was giving herself her shot he thought she was giving herself SUGAR !!!!! HOW SCARY IS THAT ???? I could not believe what I was hearing. So you have made a great point people need to be informed more then we realize !!! Thanks for bringing up the subject. For me I am living alone but I check my sugar very often. When my son who is 19 is here he has known what to do when I had a low… good luck to all
dyanne

dyanne
dyanne 2009-02-17 01:00:07 -0600 Report

Hi, I just wanted to say it is quite amazing what people dont know that could be the difference between life and death. I have a friend whom is a type 1 and I have saved her life twice. Her son called to ask me to go check on her and thank goodness her door was unlocked !!!! She was passed out on the floor and her sugar was a 10 !!!!! Thank God she made it through. We were speaking today and I was telling her about the site… she does not use a computer unfortunatlly . She has had a boyfriend for the last 4 years and she just found out today that he thought when she was giving herself her shot he thought she was giving herself SUGAR !!!!! HOW SCARY IS THAT ???? I could not believe what I was hearing. So you have made a great point people need to be informed more then we realize !!! Thanks for bringing up the subject. For me I am living alone but I check my sugar very often. When my son who is 19 is here he has known what to do when I had a low… good luck to all
dyanne

roshy
roshy 2009-02-16 06:25:21 -0600 Report

When i look back now i think it is actualy a shame that we myself and my two brothers were never sat down when we were all old enogh and discussed as a whole family about my dads condition. As a young child i never really understood why he had to take needles. i just simply accepted it. He used to keep a small bar of chocolate in the car which i occasionly took pleasure in finding!! Laughing about it now but back then that sort of thing could of been quite serious if he ergently needed it!!
I think some time in the very, VERY distant future when my child (not born yet- lucky me!!) is old enough i am going to make sure she/he understands why mammy takes needles and needs chocolate in her car!!

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-16 21:29:40 -0600 Report

I was in my early teens when my father was diagnosed and I remember watching what he did, and hearing him talk about different things he had to do and certain foods he had to eat, in fact I remember he joined Nutri-System and went to weekly meetings and came home with this huge bag of special foods for him to eat, was I ever shown what to do or was it explained to me, no, and to be honest I'm not really sure just how much my mother knew, I never saw her "take care" of dad in those days so if it happened I was never aware of it. My parents were always the hush hush kinda folks though, you never knew anything unless it was absolutely necessary and even then it was like pulling teeth to find out, for instance, it wasn't until Laura was diagnosed with the Thyroid condition last Sept. that I found out my mother had a blood disorder called Hemochromatosis (too much Iron in the blood) and that she has to go have her blood filtered to get rid of excess iron ( I'm 39 and never knew about this) and that my half sister on my mother's side also has this condition…need to know basis with my family, very tight lipped kinda people. I disagree with this method and feel my children have a right to know what's going on medically, especially if they can one day save my life because of what they know. Sure I don't tell them everything but they know enough about all my ailments that they could at least explain things to a 911 operator if the need ever arises.

2009-02-15 23:03:43 -0600 Report

I sat my husband down when we got serious, before we married, and explained to him what he was getting into!

After 14 years of being together, if I go low at night, all I have to do is bump him with my hand and utter the word HELP, and he's out of bed and before I know it, he's sitting me up, and getting a half cup of either oj or cranberry juice in me. He waits a few minutes, then helps me up to get to the table to my meter!

I believe family members that are going to be with the diabetic need to get educated at the same time the diabetic is getting educated. I remember my husband was with me when I met with the Dietician the first time, way back when!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2009-02-15 17:02:39 -0600 Report

This is very thought provoking. I live in a house of adults and I know what to do for my mom, and she for me, but my husband doesn't know and either does his daughter. I am going to have to devise a step by step sheet for them. I never really thought about it until you posted this, thanks.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-14 18:09:40 -0600 Report

My husband learned within my first year of being diagnosed to always grab my meter if things weren't right, usually my trouble is a low (rare but I do get them). Laura was a 9mo old then and Wade was only 3 so they didn't know anything…as time went on they learned to watch me do it but I never really had them do anything, then one day I had a low while Dean was gone, I felt it coming and told them what I needed and what they could do, after that we sat them down and explained it all better so they could understand, Wade has tested me once since then and did a fine job, they know where my stuff is should I go low, i have the tabs and the gel's both. Now that Laura has been diagnosed and put on meds we did a refresher course with the whole family. Our dog as I've mentioned before seems to know when I go too low or very very high as well, he wasn't trained either but he's saved me twice for sure from a drastic low.

highlandcitygirl
highlandcitygirl 2009-02-14 17:18:59 -0600 Report

it is ironic how family sometimes just don't get it! to be around a person with this condition and still not know what to do! who is in denial here? and if they are denying it, how will they ever learn? and if they won't learn, how can they ever be the help that is needed?

2009-02-14 15:48:13 -0600 Report

There is alot of diabetic information out there, pamphlets, books, groups, etc. Make sure you can get your all the info you can and sit the family down and get them informed. You may even want to make a dr's appt. for the entire family to go to so that the dr. can explain everything to you and the rest of the family. Many places have diabetic clinics and support groups you can go to. Do whatever it takes to make sure everyone knows what is going on.

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