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dorene1949
By dorene1949 Latest Reply 2009-12-10 08:47:21 -0600
Started 2009-12-08 23:40:21 -0600

Well,
On August 15th I turned 60 years old…then on October 26th I ended up in the hospital totally confused…I was taken to the hospital from work and found that I have diabetes. I went to the doctor in July and all was well…well then October comes around and I am staring at the computer at work with a customer on the phone. I cannot make head or tail out of the computer screen and the lady on the phone is screaming at me…next stop is the hospital…sugar is high and I was in a confused state for at least several weeks. I could not understand a lot of things. I am still not 100% .Have any of you here gone thru this???


7 replies

alanbossman
alanbossman 2009-12-10 08:47:21 -0600 Report

Hi Dorene welcome to dc like you when i retried after 35 years at my job back in june 2008, I did not feel right,dry mouth,running to bathroom every 10 minutes . I ended up in hospital with a bs of 717 and was there for 6 days. I was 58 years old at that time. But thats what happens when you have family members who are diabetic.
Alan

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-09 13:22:42 -0600 Report

Welcome, I've never been this severe, but sometimes you do get those small little symptoms and cant make heads or tails of them. But when its all said and done you remember wow!! I remember when something wasnt right at the time. I hope you get back to a 100% really soon, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers too. We all have to hold on together her on Diabetic Connect site.

ptsparkle
ptsparkle 2009-12-09 10:31:45 -0600 Report

Welcome. Never had symptoms that severe, but have had some spells when i get too low. It is important now to check your levels often and eat correctly and follow your Drs. plan. It takes some time to get to where you need to be, so be patient, and know we all have our slips.
Jim

Monalisa
Monalisa 2009-12-09 10:00:18 -0600 Report

HI DORENE,
WELCOME TO DC. YOU KNOW ,SOME TIMES DIABETES GIVES YOU SMALL WARNINGS AND YOU DON'T REALIZE SOMETHING IS WRONG UNTIL IT HITS YOU FLAT IN THE FACE…A LONG TIME AGO BEFORE I KNEW THAT I WAS DIABETIC I HAD SYMPTOMS THAT I THOUGHT WERE FROM OTHER THINGS WHEN IT REALLY WAS A SIGN THAT I WAS DIABETIC, LIKE WHEN I USED TO GO OUT FOR A WALK, SOME TIMES I STARTED TO SWEAT AND TREMBLE AND THOUGHT "OK IM ANXIOUS" SO I JUST WENT BACK HOME AND DRANK SOMETHING LIKE A SODA OR COFFEE OR HOT COCOA…(THEN I FELT BETTER) HA! OR WHEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY I FELT PLAIN WORN OUT AND SAY "WELL I'VE BEEN WORKING A LOT" THEN AFTER GOING HOME AND SLEEPING ABOUT 8 STRAIGHT HRS AND WAKING UP AT ABOUT 2-3 AM WITH SO MUCH ENERGY I COULD RUN A MARATHON! …WELL LITTLE DID I KNOW I WAS JUST HAVING HIGHS AND LOWS IN MY BG…(I NEVER WENT TO SEE A DR. UNLESS I FELT SICK) BUT ONE DAY MY HUSBAND GOT A NEW MEDICAL PLAN AND WE WENT TO GET PHYSICALS JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY AND SURPRISE I AM DIABETIC!!!!!

rankearl
rankearl 2009-12-09 09:30:49 -0600 Report

hi all ive been diabetic for many yrs i have got the confusion and passed out ffrom lows went into seizures when you start getting high or low it is like being sick you arent as aware as your normal if it goes up or down to fast your in trouble mine goes up and stays up if im getting sick flu or cold hope this helps hugs julie

gregsDAD
gregsDAD 2009-12-09 07:03:51 -0600 Report

i have never experienced this from a highg bg but i certainly have from a low glucose. I had a 41 and i couldn't hardly tell you my name. I would rather be a little high. watch you levels carefully. and learnas much as you can. hope this helps

rw

Elrond
Elrond 2009-12-09 01:34:06 -0600 Report

Hi Dorene,
First of all, welcome to DC.
It sounds like you got a rude welcome to the world of diabetes too. The confusion doesn't happen to everyone but I've had a few bouts of it and it's certainly not fun. Last night, I had a high sugar and it caused a 'brain fart'. I drove through a police roadblock and got some cops extremely angry with me. I was fortunate to avoid a citation. If I had been thinking, I wouldn't even have been driving. Low sugar is actually much worse. And it can hit Type 1's like myself very quickly. I am very careful to carry glucose tabs everywhere I go but at the first hint of low sugar, I'll grab some kind of snack even at the risk of a high sugar later. My girlfriend and my roommate both carry emergency glucagon kits for extreme emergencies and I make sure not to leave the house without my Medic Alert ID and wallet card.
As a new diabetic, be sure to learn all you can about caring for yourself. Find a diabetes educator or class. I muddled along for years without proper training and it resulted in a stroke and a heart attack. I now have the beginnings of diabetic retinopathy and my doctor tells me a lot of this could have been prevented if I had controlled my diabetes properly from the first.
As complicated as all this might sound, it's not rocket science. It's essentially just a healthier way of living. Just learn it a little at a time and don't be afraid to ask questions. We're all here to help you and we all had to start someplace. So, once again, welcome.