I was taken ill on June 27, I fainted at my job and was escorted to hospital. My symptoms included left arm to foot numbness, dizziness, weakness, headache, confusion, a feeling that I have never felt before. While waiting for tests to come back, I felt hungry and really needed to eat or at least have some juice, I felt that my sugar was dropping. They refused to give me food (and yes they were told I am diabetic), so while my tummy was empty and gaining new symptoms on top of what I went there for, the doctor suggested that what I was feeling was stress and ordered a shot of an anxiety medicine. This made me sick and I vomited several times, this made him give me more shots to calm the nausea, didn't help, by this time, all my symptoms are escalating I was starving, I knew my sugar count was dropping, but I tried to tell them this but they said that while I was undergoing tests I was not allowed food…what? So that second shot wasn't working, they gave me a third…by now I am in a loopy stage, sleepy, talking funny, acting unlike my usual self…it was scary. Anyway, about 1 hour before I was sent home around 8pm, they finally gave me something to eat, after not having anything to eat since 5am that morning (when I get up for work, this happened right before my scheduled lunch period). Well to make a longer story short. I was missed diagnosed, I wasn't stressed, I had a mini stroke and my dizzy and numbness, weakness, was from a brain disease, diagnosed after an MRI, called Microvascular Disease. My small blood vessels and nerves are damaged. My mini stroke was problematic for me but was too tiny to pick up on any scan. My neurologist conducted his own tests and did follow up discussions with doctors at hospitals to completely check out what they don't tell you as a patient. My primary doctor found out that my potassium level was very low and they did nothing for me. She was very upset with how my symptoms were ignored and that the quack at the hospital was clueless in properly handling my illness. I have spent the past 2 weeks in and out of hospitals and doctors offices for this disease and still today, 19 days after I fainted at work, I am only 75% better.
If you have diabetes and have to go to the ER, make them aware. Don't leave there if you are not feeling the same as when you went in. I forgot to mention that the day after I was in hospital, I slept away, nothing could wake me, later received a phone call from ER doc apologizing for giving me too much medication and allowing me to leave in the state of mind I was in. I was shocked. Since there is no cure for diabetes, there is no cure for microvascular disease either. But keeping my diabetes in check will help with the brain nerve endings, sometimes that will manage to heal themselves and other times they may progress to something more, in that case, it can lead to surgery. This is not an option I want to take.
I am back at the gym, though having to restart my program as I am still weak on my left side and maintaining my weight loss goals, and keeping my doctor appts and taking my medications, I am hoping to make my life as a diabetic easier in any way I can.
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