I hope no one thinks that I am taking over this site——but I just felt the need to share some of the things regarding diabetis that I learned at church this morning.
Our minister is a severe diabetic, (I am NOT) so go by info from OTHERS___
Fri. night he attended a ball game, ate a weiner and bun, a few chips, got home his BS was 260 so thought he would be OK for the night, took his insulin ( I don't know his dosage) and thought it would hold him till morning! NOT! At 4am (he is fortunate to be married to a caring wife—!) she heard him moaning, unusal for him in his 31 years of being a dibaetic, she checked his BS and it was 25 !! Well, YOU DIABETICS know how THAT GOES! He was out, of course, but she till tried to give him honey on his tongue, could swallow—SOME____Tricky——, no response, got a bit of milk in him—had called 911 as they live miles from town or a hospital— finally he responded enough to eat 1/2 cracker so by the time the ambulance got there his BS was UP to 56 !!! WOW!!!
They took him on into the ER for 2 hours, gave him glucose IV, watched him, then sent him back home to rest and recupperate. He slept 2 more hours and feels FAIR this morn, but his WIFE (the CAREGIVER) is shot, so tired, she did not have the help of added glucose to help her recover from the situation!
I mentioned the caregivers too, as they play an important part in the life of a diabetic, and sometimes are ignored.
We have been discussing people's attitudes to diabetics—well, in our church there are a few with dry humor, one farmer commented, (laughing) here you are in the pulpit teaching us how to live, and YOU can't even eat right!! And how many years did you say that you have been a diabiteic??" Everyone laughed, and the preacher looked sheepish, but laughed too and shrugged! (what else could the man do??!! HA)
The minister chatted with his brother, also a severe diabetic, and he suggested eating a spoon of peanut butter on bread to avoid those sudden, night lows when in full sleep that could take your life! Milk does help BUT the peanut butter takes a bit longer to digest, therefore longer lasting.
When I worked at the hospital, if they were awake, we gave orange juice for a quick high, followed by crackers and cheese or peanut butter to carry them higher, longer, and not so abrupt a response.
If comatose, of course an IV was started as you sure don't want to choke a person that can't swallow.
I accidently have been eating 1/2 slice of wheat bread with 1 tbls of peanut butter as that is about all I have felt like eating lately. but I have never had deep lows so wouldn't know how helpful it actually is, so wanted to report this morning's conversations in hope that it might help someone else to avoid those traumatic LOWS in the night!
Best wishes to ALL! Pat Roth
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