Your symptoms,do tell !

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2008-07-24 12:47:46 -0500
Started 2008-07-23 22:48:48 -0500

Recently a neighbor of mine came over to cut down a tree. He has Type one. And that is all I knew. Well, he and his son and law had come down to cut the tree and then they decided to leave. But, I looked out later and saw my neighbor wandering around as if he was looking for something. I figured he misplaced the chain saw or something. Later, my dogs were barking like crazy. Come to find out, one of my nieghbors sypmtoms is walking around aimlessly! I did not know this! The poor man almost died in my back drive way. He had been sitting in his truck for an hour and a half. I thought he had left! The next day, he and his wife came back to finish the tree. She said she was there to make sure it did not happen again! I asked her what his symptoms were so I would know. I now make sure that people know what my symptoms are(ie lathargic, spacey, grumpy). Please let your co-workers and friends know so incase you should have a low episode, they will know. Tell them where you keep what ever you have to counter the low (ie, candy bar in draw, insulin in a cold pack, etc.)

4 replies

morris.js 2008-07-24 08:42:01 -0500 Report

My symptoms are getting the shakes, and having cold sweats. This happens when I'm between the high 30's and mid 40's, so I am still able to "feel the need" to take action before I have any serious problems.
I do know of personal friends however that have no "warnings", and they do not realize their needs, so they progress into the dizziness, and coma like situations.
It is impreative that everyone with Diabetes on insulin or not, have some form of medical alert information on them at all times.
In my case, everyone who has more than a "just met" relationship knows of my condition and how to treat it if they notice anything out of the ordinary with my behavior. All my classmates at Tae Kwon Do, co workers, friends, family, everybody I come in contact with regularly knows my details, and different treatment methods, including my clients.

DonnaAnn 2008-07-24 12:47:46 -0500 Report

You bring up a good point…have something to let people know you are diabetic. I have a card in the front of my purse that says I am a diabetic. On the back it gives other information. this year I think I am going to put a diabetic alert bracelet on my christmas list!

kdroberts 2008-07-24 07:33:00 -0500 Report

It's important to know. Unfortunately, my symptoms of a low are nothing you can see looking at me, they are all to do with how I feel. High 40s is the lowest I've gone so I don't know if I would start doing weird things if I went lower, don't plan to test that out either. I try not to treat lows other than by eating a scheduled meal or snack but from time to time they can hit where I need to use glucose so I have glucose in my pocket, at my desk, in my car, in the kitchen, in my sports bag and by my bed. I'm pretty much covered wherever I am.

butterfly_8 2008-07-24 07:08:54 -0500 Report

This is very important to let someone know how you are feeling if it is not normal. Before I was diagnosed. I had a habit of sometimes skipping breakfast. Middle morning or whenever I had not eaten regularly I would get very dizzy. Someone would always get me Orange juice. Tis did not happen often enough fo me to see a Dr. I was probably hypoglycemic. I just took it to be hungry.