Diabetes Complications To Watch For

By sportykat66 Latest Reply 2009-08-16 12:33:41 -0500
Started 2009-08-15 13:12:04 -0500

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.

7 replies

judy james
judy james 2009-08-16 12:33:41 -0500 Report

as an ER nurse i am shocked that with your diagnosis they didn't check your blood sugar and treat approp. When you first mentioned your symptoms i thought stroke. Sorry you had a negative experience.

MarineMomX2 2009-08-16 09:53:09 -0500 Report

What a horrible experience you had to endure at the hands of incompetents. Have had 2 dealing with our ER along the same line and the first thing they did was hit me with insulin (which made me even sicker). For some reason they think if you're 'kinda' responsive that everything is fine and they just send you home. Your's was not the case. Wish you well in your recovery.

lipsie 2009-08-16 09:04:34 -0500 Report

Wow, what a mess but sounds like how our hospital would handle things. I have gone there for issues and they just want to push you on out that door, and I am not bold like I use to be and stand up to these people about things..usually anyhow. I am sorry to hear that you had to go thru such a mess, and then get diagnoised with such. I never heard of it, and it's interesting to me to hear thanks for sharing! Hugs! Sheila

Darly 2009-08-16 09:30:58 -0500 Report

What an awful story,this is why so many people are hesitant to go to ER's when something is not right,they have so many patients waiting,going through there,that they can't & won't take the time to listen to you or be kind,just treat you lunch a bunch of cattle,pushing you through the system! I am so sorry for your diagnosis,hope you feel better real soon…BTW, this is why I have not gone to ER for my symptoms the past few nights! Take care,be healthy Darlene :)