Falls and Head injury

By flores Latest Reply 2010-02-02 20:26:02 -0600
Started 2010-02-01 14:56:13 -0600

Does anyone know what it takes to help a diabetic when they have had a head injury from falling down and hitting the back of their head.One they go thru very different changes,diabetes goes beserk,they tend to forget to take their meds,they take longer to respond to you if you ask them a question, they have a very strong fear when standing to get around or go to the bathroom.they lose appetite and drink lesser fluids. Their blood glucose readings go either too high or too low.They need constant care and help in anything they need to do.You can't touch them too quickly or wake them from rest or sleep to suddenly or else they get scared or startled right away and don't know where they are. Later they can focus more and speak more clearly to you.They tend to lose sleep allot to where they are up all hours of the night,even though they say their going to bed they forget and stay concentrated on what their doing at that time and it'll be hours before you can get them to bed.Being a caregiver for someone is very difficult when it comes upon you unexpectedly but thank God for all those who pray for you and your loved one because it takes a lot of patience when you'e not ready for it.They also don't let anyone touch or deal with them at home cause their only used to their husband ,wife or close child to take care of them.Thank God for all of you who have prayed for us and don't forget those who are also going thru this same problem.Any other advice will help.your friend always.

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Harlen 2010-02-02 20:26:02 -0600 Report

I cracked my skull and had to have fragments taken out this was be for my DX I still dont have any problum doing what I need to do my short term memory is shot so I got on the pump so as to get my meds 24/7 and it helps a lot
Best wishes

MAYS 2010-02-01 17:51:51 -0600 Report

My answer would be to seek professional medical advice and help, a situation such as this can be diagnosed and advised by a doctor or therapist.

Monalisa 2010-02-01 15:36:02 -0600 Report

Wow! That sounds like my mom RIP,she was diabetic too but those behaviors in her case were related to alzheimer's disease. She lived with me throughout all the stages of her didease 12 yrs. You can talk to the Dr. to get the patient a very mild tranquilizer, in my case we just ran around all day watching her so that she wouldn't get hurt or in trouble, then when she got bedridden I left my job and took care of her 24/7.
Always talk to the person in a low tone and explain everything that you are doing and will do next, do not touch the person before you speak to them so that he/she knows you will touch her/him, never raise your voice no matter how exasperating the situation might be, be calm have patience, remind them past events and try to promote memory exercises, and if the patient just doesn't like you and you have tried everything well then delegate responsabilities with someone.
Also promote some kind of simple exercise, this will help pump oxigenated blood to the brain, also with the sleeping issues and the BG levels.
Try to take them outside whenever possible and play games like name the object and what its for, or try to remember family names and the relation to them always ask the doctor for recomendations, there are places like hospice and home care that can help out.
And last but not least…Don't forget to live your own life!
Good luck, you'll be in my prayers…Hugs…LISA

spiritwalker 2010-02-01 15:54:51 -0600 Report

I will keep your family in my prayers. Personality changes
can be very difficult for a caregiver to cope. God bless you.

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