We've Heard About Some Funny Experiences of Being a Diabetic, How About Some Worst Experiences?

By TLTanner Latest Reply 2014-08-21 12:49:15 -0500
Started 2014-08-20 17:07:19 -0500

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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Type1Lou 2014-08-21 10:21:41 -0500 Report

The worst experience I had was in August 2010. My husband and I were on vacation, spending the night in Pocatello, Idaho on our way to visit Yellowstone National Park. In the morning, my husband was unable to wake me, gave me a glucagon shot after verifying my low BG but I barely came around. He loaded me into the car and drove me to the closest ER. I was conscious and ambulatory but really fuzzy. The doctors and nurses kept asking me all these questions that I knew the answers to, but I couldn't make my mouth work to get the answers out. They admitted me and ran all sorts of tests to be certain I hadn't suffered a stroke. I hadn't; it was just a really bad hypoglycemic episode and I was discharged the next day. We cancelled our vacation plans and flew back home to Florida. The benefit of this experience was my realization that the current doctor (my PCP) handling my diabetes was above his head since he kept on increasing my Lantus dosage without regard to the increased hypoglycemic episodes I'd been having. I requested a referral to an endocrinologist who actually reduced my Lantus by 25% and changed the time of day I had been taking it. She also re-educated me on carb counting and sliding scales for my Novolog. Although my control improved, a year later I decided I wanted to try using an insulin pump (which I had resisted for years.) I'm in better control now than ever with no really scary low BG's requiring glucagon since August 2011. So, I guess, this cloud did have a silver lining for me.

TLTanner 2014-08-21 12:49:15 -0500 Report

Wow! Scary! Glad you got everything straightened out! I love having a pump for pretty much the same reason! I believe an Endo is the best way to go too for diabetes care.

Glad you found your silver lining in the situation too!


rolly123 2014-08-20 21:55:18 -0500 Report

A funny cartoon but true says sugar makes medicine goes down but not if u diabetic ha. Saw it on Facebook

rolly123 2014-08-20 21:15:46 -0500 Report

This isn't funny but wanted remind everyone what happen to us exspecially those t1 on Facebook was about 11 year old who died diabetes he had T1 and his sugar was so high he had sugar go to brain it swelled up he passed away he gave organ to Peaple their was 1 0 year old who benefited and lived the friend says if u sugar high get head hurts put ice pack to get swollen down so take moment for making it this far ! Take serous I m started realize all time sugar was high for me I was lucky i didn't get worse getting my a1c and diatom thks everyone for help everyone gives for old and beginners

rolly123 2014-08-20 20:09:02 -0500 Report

Hi tltanner
I remember when I had check my sugar all time!
But one wasn't funny for me but other thought so I was in restaurant and felt real funny kinda was slurping words and had real bad headache
I was with some new friends from Maine it was small place I went in my purse pulled out meter and test strips and the look I got from friends was like I had drug machine something back in time their wasn't pen so grabbed syringe and insulin in case I needed it well asked for bathroom and tested my sugar it was extremely high so going give insulin I drew the insulin as I was my friend walked in her face was white and asked me what am I doing I said taking insulin she said what kind drug is that we're did u get it so told her I was diabetic she said what is that so just said need this to make my sugar go down she said I need that when I eat my candy bars she asked were can I get that stuff what dealer u got from I was so embarrassed that when I take sugar in public I go bathroom and lock door

TLTanner 2014-08-21 01:26:43 -0500 Report

Thank you rolly for sharing your story.

It is sad when people don't understand something and just say the first thing that comes in their head!

I hope that from here on out, you have more positive and uplifting experiences!



jayabee52 2014-08-20 17:31:42 -0500 Report

Howdy TL
The thing which came to my mind was about a year after Dx. I had not been taking care of my T2 and I was constantly high. I also was easily ticked off. My oldest son said somethng to me (no memory of what it was) which ticked me off. I wanted to let him know that I was ticked and so I picked up a screwdriver and threw it handle first, intending to thump him.

However, the in the distance between my hand and his body the screwdriver rotated almost 180 degrees and the blade of the screwdriver scratched his shirtless body. Of course I was immediately mortified and frightened as I could have damaged him badly. Had the blade rotated a bit more it could have penetrated his body and injured him seriously. I could have been charged with child abuse or endangerment, as he was only 15 at the time. Thank God I didn't damage him badly and I learned not to throw stuff like that again.


TLTanner 2014-08-20 17:49:21 -0500 Report

Hey James!

Yes, it's things like that that makes us take a step back and think. I had a similar incident with a metal mop handle and my son. I never swung or threw anything again after that!

Thank you for sharing!