By cyncyn Latest Reply 2009-04-25 06:17:38 -0500
Started 2009-04-19 22:17:09 -0500

my 27 yr old son, was diagnoised yesterday with Type II, while in the hospital. they sent hime home, with no advise, except to check his BS. with what? no istruction, nothing! they gave hime insulin with readings at 160. is this normal? i thought it was suppose to be higher?

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Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-04-25 06:17:38 -0500 Report

I would be at that MDs office and waiting for him to arrive. I would have him sit down with me and tell me exactly what is happening to me. I would want to see a diabetic education to show me how to take shots and where to get them and take a diabetic class, I would also want to see a dietian to get you on a healthier lifestyle of eating. He needs to show you to get this all down right. They need to help you learn to take your shots. Not to be iggorant 1 extra unit of insulin can cause some severe problems. This is an issue that has to be taken care of soon and I would not leave the MDs office if I didn't feel confortable with what I need to know…

2009-04-23 08:30:35 -0500 Report

Hey Cyn. Ditto to what everyone said. He definitely needs to sit down with an endo or a good family doctor that will spend some time and explain this to him (and you.) It amazes me that these hospital's push you out the door, tell you what they think you have and do nothing else. Get another opinion and learn how to use the meter and how to plan meals, medications., etc to manage his diabetes. He is young and needs to know what signs to look for. Hugs to both of you! Angie

cyncyn 2009-04-23 09:08:22 -0500 Report

thank you. the meter, the strips, and meal plan, i'm used too. just not his meal plan. you know, how many calories, carbs, fats, meats, etc. i know it's different from my mother-in-laws. he goes to dr. next week. thank you

Sally 2009-04-21 12:09:10 -0500 Report

I had emergency gallbladder surgery just a year ago, and I also had pancreatitus due to the gallbladder problem. Apparantly these can go hand in hand. My blood sugars were elevated as well. Partly due to the infection in the pancreas and being diabetic (insult to injury). However, I was not given insulin and my readings were higher than 160. In fact, I was not given anything, due to the fact that I was not on any diabetic meds at the time, just doing the diet and exercise thing. I was closely monitored and after the surgery my readings went back to normal and actually went low a few times, from not eating enough. So maybe that is what happened to your son, maybe his pancreas was infected as well, and it affected his blood sugars. I wouldn't panic, have him see a doctor and do more tests. I also recieved the same kind of "treatment" as far as not knowing alot when I was discharged. If I hadn't asked for my sugar numbers when the tests were being done, I would never have been told. I was completely in the dark about what to expect during recovery. Thank goodness for the internet! I found lots of very useful info on gallbladder surgery and recovery. Good luck.

cyncyn 2009-04-22 07:43:35 -0500 Report

thanks. if i wouldn't have ask for his readings, they would have never said anything. and he had no clue. and when i did inquire info, the dr. would roll his eyes, and ignore me. as if to say, i'm not talking to you. but my son nor his wife have had no experience with this. they know i take care of my mother-in-law who has Type II, but they don't know the details. but the dr. discharged him, with no details, other to get it under control. his gallbladder had stopped functioning, and they were woried about his liver. never did get that info. this is the hospital that i had worked in for 24 years, until i got hurt working. the place has went downhill real FAST!!! thanks again for your info.

Sally 2009-04-23 18:25:22 -0500 Report

My liver was affected too. It was very swollen and painful, but luckily it was just from the gallbadder and infection. I didn't even know they did a liver biopsy while I was under anaesthesia until I went to my follow up appointment after being discharged! I pray that your son is doing better.

gma 2009-04-20 20:41:10 -0500 Report

Hi Cyn
when they told me I was type 2 my fasting sugar was 139 2hours later it was 180 my Dr put me on a Diet and excersise no meds I would check with my reg Dr before taking anything it is better to be safe Good luck

cyncyn 2009-04-22 07:33:31 -0500 Report

thank you, he has a dr. appt. next week. i think he'll find that he's just fine. and if it's not, i'll help him and his wife adjust to it. i strongly believe it was his medical condition(gallbladder), or at least i hope so. again thank you.

2009-04-20 18:37:56 -0500 Report

Hey cyncyn,

Even if he can't get into see an endo, a family doc would be better than nothing!! And if he was in the hospital, SHAME ON THEM for not helping him!!!!

cyncyn 2009-04-20 19:28:28 -0500 Report

yes, the hospital let us down. they just sent him out the door, no info, no literature, no nothing, except keep it in check. and that was it. if i wasn't all ready a caregiver, i would have been lost. the dr. didn't want to discuss anything with me, if i ask questions, he would just roll his eyes, and ignore me. scary thing, huh.

Sarguillo 2009-04-20 16:31:09 -0500 Report

Hello, I too had a phyical 2 months before I was diagnosed as a T2. My BS at phyical fasting was 92. Dr showed it to me. 2 months later, it was 452. It can happen. He was not expecting it in me. First think, have your son go do some classes. Right away. Its one thing that you are a caregiver to another T2 but he needs to know what to do to care for himself. He needs a meter. He needs to know how to use a meter. He needs to learn how to eat for his condition. He needs to learn what medications he is on, what they do if used correctly, what they will do ifn ot used correctly or not used at all. If his wife cares for his heath, then she needs to go with him to his classes. She needs to learn all he needs to learn. It wont kill them both to eat a healthier diet. At the BS levels your son is at the moment, sounds like pills might be a better option for him, but thats between him and his dr. Does son have a sliding scale for his meds or was he told to take a certain dose at bedtime? This is alot for someone to deal with. Thank god he has you in his corner, but please dont become the diabetic police on him. Be there for him, help him if he asks for it. Dont not police him. he needs to learn to deal with this in his own way, as long as its a proper way. Good luck to your son. Sounds like he was let out more confused then when he went in.

cyncyn 2009-04-20 17:25:55 -0500 Report

he went to the emergency rm. on wed. nite, and was told he had to have emergency surgery, he didn't, get to surgery, until Sunday morning. they didn't give him any advise, medicine, nothing. just told to see a dr. his wife has already ask for tips on cookking. no, i can't be there 24/7 but, can give advise when needed. and yes this is their battle, but i will be behind enemy lines.

lipsie 2009-04-20 10:45:57 -0500 Report

Hiya, sorry to hear of your sons' troubles and what you all are going through. I caught something you said…you asked someone if surgery could have made his sugars higher? Or am I reading that wrong? Well if so YES, surgery, illness, etc can definately bring your sugars way up. But it still sounds as though that hospital is not so good to leave you in such a dark cloud about all of this. Good luck you you and your family! *Hugs* Sheila

DJ 2009-04-20 09:26:35 -0500 Report

Hi CynCyn, You didn't say what he was in the hospital for..but could this have possibly attributed to his elevated BS?? 160 is not terribly high, and sometimes a fever or an infection can and will send BS readings up. I think before you panic you should see your regular Dr. and have blood tests run specifically for he may well be Pre-diabetic, and will simply have to watch his diet and get more exersize..and then once you have the test results then he and his Dr. can discuss what measures to take…but it is never to soon to start eating right and getting more exersize when possible.Let us know how he is doing!!

cyncyn 2009-04-20 09:36:09 -0500 Report

thank you. these were my questions also. but because my son is 27 & married, i guess the dr. felt i was not the one to discuss this with. but neither my son nor my daughter in law, knew the medical terms, he was using. i've been caregiver to my mother-in-law, who has Type II, for several son had to have emergency surgery, gall bladder had stopped funtioning. but the dr. argued with me, about maybe this had somehing to do with readings. thank you for your reply

Bluebutterfly 2009-04-20 04:01:36 -0500 Report

I would have him go to an endo doctor. This doesn't sound right to me either. Looks like they would try medicine first. Just my opinion.

cyncyn 2009-04-20 09:18:24 -0500 Report

my point exactly! my mother-in-law take insulin when readings are 201 and higher. they was pumping it in at 160. would surgery make a difference? he had to have emergency surg.

dyanne 2009-04-20 00:29:37 -0500 Report

Hi none of this sounds correct. First your son needs to see an endo Dr. they need to give him a glucose tolerance test.
Then they can determine what needs to be done. I would think they would try him on oral meds before thinking about insulin unless his sugars were crazy high. They will also want him to see a nutristionist to learn what to eat. He also needs a meter to check his sugar on a daily basis. His number of 160 is not so terrible. I hope this has helped you some and I dont understand that hospital at all. Good luck to you and your son. Let me know how it turns out.

cyncyn 2009-04-20 09:16:40 -0500 Report

good thing i already take care of my mother-in-law, who is Type II. that is what confuses me. the numbers. they were suppose to have a nutritionist see him, never happened. but he had a dr. visit last month(routine physcial for work) they didn't detect it. don't make much sence. thanks for your input. appreciate it

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