Do you remember what you "hallucinate" during an extremely low insulin reaction? How about when it's extremely high? Are there incidents or experiences you've had while on your path of being a diabetic? People's reactions when you tell them or when they see you test your blood sugar or give yourself an insulin shot?
I know a lot of diabetics get strange looks when we do things in public, like checking our blood sugar or taking an injection. Sometimes the way people look at me, I feel like the mother who is trying to breast-feed her child in public. Some of those looks you can turn into a funny or even teaching experience, but comments can cut to the core. How did you handle it? How did you handle your worst experience?
I don't know what my worst experience would be since I've had quite a few of them. Waking up in the hospital not knowing where I was or how I got there.
One of my favs that I can remember is when I was pregnant with my son back in 1982-83. I was hospitalized with pre-eclampisa and toxemia. Not only were my blood pressures all over the place, but so were my blood sugars. Some how though, I always managed to push the call light button, although I have no clue how! One night, I guess I had pressed the button and while the nurses were trying to take care of me and bring me out of the low, I had a different view of them and who they were! I was hallucinating that my husband was outside the hospital window trying to get in and the nurses were spies trying to make me talk and give up my husband. Needless to say, i was fighting them tooth and nail to NOT let them give me the glucose!
Eventually, everything was back to normal and the nurses told me what I did and I managed to actually remember what I "saw" and told them. We got a chuckle out of it and I apologized for striking out at them. None of them ever said if I hurt them or not, but my mother had told me that I do that a lot, scream and fight when I get that low. Anyone else?
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