Diabetic Emergencies, Are You Prepared ?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-07-22 15:44:33 -0500
Started 2010-03-01 11:20:10 -0600

Emergencies can happen.

Are you prepared to recognize diabetic emergencies and respond accordingly, possibly saving a life if not at least stabilizing the individual until help arrives ?

What do you know beyond calling 911, that can mean the difference between life or even possible death for someone if not for yourself ?

Be prepared, know what and what not to do, don't guess, some one's life may depend on it !

The following videos will help to educate you on how to recognize diabetic emergencies and the proper steps to take in such a situation.

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42 replies

Type1Lou 2011-07-18 10:23:23 -0500 Report

My husband injected me with glucagon two evenings ago when my BG had dipped to 28 and I was non-responsive. This was after feeding me glucose tabs. After 20 minutes with still no response, he drove me to the ER but I started coming to just before we arrived there and I was fully responsive once we got there. They did check me out and released me. If I had been alone, like gbc43 below, I wouldn't be writing this now…might not have survived at all. We always have glucagon handy and he's had to use it a handful of times over the past 31 years we've been together. I'm also stocking up on glucose gel packs as they are absorbed quicker than the tablets. Next week, I'm calling the Medtronics rep to begin the process to go on the pump…hopefully, that'll even out my control (or lack of…) Life with diabetes is a constant balancing act! I'm blessed to have someone watching out for me.

GabbyPA 2011-07-18 14:34:41 -0500 Report

Your hubby deserves a very big HUG!! We are all glad he was there to help you out. Sometimes we don't realize how serious our illness is until things like that happen.

Type1Lou 2011-07-18 17:35:56 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby! He's been my hero and I do owe him my life, several times over. It motivates me to try and take better care of myself so I won't worry him…but, now, he's challenging me when I have to adjust my insulin up, either because of pre-meal BG or the amount of carbs I'm eating. Who can blame him when he's had to deal with my bad low BG episodes? It's a fine line that we walk trying to maintain tight control but not too tight that we go hypoglycemic!

GabbyPA 2011-07-19 14:29:30 -0500 Report

That is the price we can often pay. It continually amazes me that our bodies when they are working properly, take care of all of these factors. We are truly magnificent machines.

gbc43 2011-07-17 05:06:35 -0500 Report

What do you do if you live alone ? I have had no contact with the outside world in 4 or 5 days . Just the cats - inside and out .

Type1Lou 2011-07-18 17:44:34 -0500 Report

Maybe you could set up a daily phone call or e-mail with a buddy in a similar situation? If you call/answer and you're OK, no problem…if there is no answer, you could arrange to check on each other? (Obviously, you'd have to let each other know if you're out of town/on vacation/away…)

alternative1 2011-07-16 22:46:16 -0500 Report

i prepare my fish with herbs…like garlic…and lemon..or light bread crumbs.on the grill.
yes teresa. we need to take care of our colons. they are 70% of our immunity.
you can eat yogurt and take colostrum for our colons to be healthy. you can get these supplements at any good health store. i have a few hwere that are discounted vitamins. and stay away from junk foods…and eat plenty of raw vegetables..for fiber and nutrition..

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-07-16 22:52:49 -0500 Report

Thank you so much! Fish sounds good prepared that way! I'll have to make some. I would love to find better ways to deal with my pain ect. I am so tired of all the meds!

alternative1 2011-07-16 22:58:20 -0500 Report

i see you have restless leg syndrome!!…i take L-tyrosine 500mg for mine..it helps calm me down at night…i also take a product for my thyroid…called "thyroid caps"
from solaray…it helps me get up in the morning and from feeling fatigued…and yes stay away from all of the over the counter drugs…i dont even take aspirin.

alternative1 2011-07-16 23:35:47 -0500 Report

you dont need a muscle relaxer…just try L-tyrosine and see if it helps you naturally. do you have problems sleeping at night.tossing and turning?

alternative1 2011-07-16 22:59:42 -0500 Report

i used to be on natural thyroid for 17 years and found out accidentally how to get off of thyroid. so i take kelp..every day.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-07-16 23:27:31 -0500 Report

I think it's great when you can find natural ways to help conditions instead of having to take man made drugs!

alternative1 2011-07-16 23:33:59 -0500 Report

drugs are bad for you. they are poison and have side effects. i used to work for abbotts and baxter labs…for quite a few years…and their only interest is making money and not your health.

alternative1 2011-07-16 22:25:12 -0500 Report

hello teresa, l-carnitine is an amino acid. it can help you with your pains. and you can take magnesium asporotate..200mg…is your blood sugar 1666 2 hours after you eat? make sure you eat enough fish for omega 3 and 6's..

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-07-16 22:31:53 -0500 Report

That's good to know! Where do you get it at? Yes my BG was 166 2 hrs. after I ate. I really should eat more fish, I love fish. What is the best way to prepare fish?

Mistletoe 2011-07-16 23:48:08 -0500 Report

Fenugreek is a great nautural help for high blood sugar. You can find it at most drug stores or health food stores. Sometimes I take it in addition to my Metformin if my BS is high.

alternative1 2011-07-17 00:42:41 -0500 Report

yes and cinnamon is great as well, i dont take metformin any more it makes me feel very bad. besides it causes b-12 deficentcy. ther are many herbs that work very well. one is from india. it is an very cheap herbs and it is called "diabet guard"
you can only order it from on line…it is granules…you have to take it for at least 6
months to really notice anything. herbs are that way.

Type1Lou 2011-07-22 15:44:33 -0500 Report

Isn't "Diabet guard" the product/member that was removed from this site a few months back after the DiabetGuard member flooded us all with friend requests but was unable to provide scientifically valid statistics for the product? It appeared to be a pure marketing ploy for an unproven product.

Mistletoe 2011-07-17 11:32:35 -0500 Report

Some herbs take a few months to help; but I personally have used Fenugreek and checked my blood sugar before and after…it has immediate results. It comes in capsule form. Yes, I have heard that cinnamon is helpful also.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-07-16 22:19:06 -0500 Report

I have heart pains constantly. I have had 2 stress echo test and nothing was found. My legs are constantly in severe pain. My feet are also in constant pain. I 'm scared that I am going to have a heart attack. I know I'm not crazy. I am not imagining all this pain. I take Crestor for high colesterol & I take accuretic for high blood pressure but the last couple of weeks my blood pressure has been very low and the machine says I have an irregular heart beat. What other test can I do to find out what is going on? Can anyone help me? My sugar is staying at normal levels. It was 166 last night.

alternative1 2011-07-16 21:43:46 -0500 Report

anybody consuming artificial sweeteners. they are poisonious to your body…so avoid them like the plague.use natural sugar…dark brown in color…or mollasses…but in small quantities. dont believe everything the government tells you or the FDA.
make sure you exercise…very important…and try to get enough thiamine which is b1 in your body…there is a synthetic b1 called benfothiamine..out there which is fat soluable…which will keep your sugar in check…eat plenty of yougurt every day…i have studdied nutrition for over 35 years…and am recovering from heavy metal toxicity..which gave me my diabetes..

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-07-16 22:08:29 -0500 Report

Wow, I could use your help with some nutrition tips Alternative 1 !!!

alternative1 2011-07-16 22:16:28 -0500 Report

hello teresa, how are you? what do you need specificaly need to know about?

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-07-16 22:23:49 -0500 Report

Hi! I am supposed to be on a low carb diet. I 'm supposed to eat fiber everyday because it helps to absorb sugar. I found out last week that I have a kink in my lower intestine and diverticulitis and my doctor told me not to eat fiber. I've been racking my brain trying to figure out a diet until I can have my surgery to take care of this problem. - Thanks

hoplessly devoted
hoplessly devoted 2011-07-16 10:08:25 -0500 Report

hi can diebetes criple you with out any simptoms except lower back pain,chest pains?p.s.legs pain.hip pains like a bruise is there but you can not see one there?

estreetfan 2011-07-16 08:34:13 -0500 Report

Hi..I know this is a little off the topic but…2 weeks ago I woke up in DKA..went to bed with a 140 blood sugar…woke up with 248.. CRUSHING chest pain, nausea and dizziness..unfortunately my ketone sticks were expired, so I couldnt check. Any way I spent 4 days in the hospital…recvd a full cardiac workup…angiogram, etc etc..no heart disease, thank God! But I am somewaht confused on why I went into DKA in the first place…Docs kinda just said "Don't know".. I think if my pump stopped working during the night I would have woke up with a higher blood sugar?? A1C was 7.9 a month ago..been diabetic for 25 years. The only other time this happened was 13 years ago when I was sent home from the hospital 23 hours after I had my appendix removed. ANY THOUGHTS??

AnneRI02896 2011-07-16 07:17:35 -0500 Report

Inresponse to Elrond, this type of thing happens all the time. I used to pick up a coffee for me with artificial sugar every morning, along with a decaf for my boss. I'm diabetic and he had a heart condition and couldn't have caffeine. At least once a week they would get it wrong. Employees should teach that some people have medical conditions and to be more careful.

Elrond 2010-03-02 02:02:55 -0600 Report

I'm always reminded of a 'Dear Abbey' letter several years ago about a fast food employee who had an obese lady walk in and order a regular soda. Unknown to the customer, the employee substituted a diet drink and was bragging about it. What if that lady was having a low sugar episode? That employee should be fired. Many diabetics prefer not to broadcast their affliction and want to care for themselves without attracting attention. I get some strange looks when I order diet drinks because I'm underweight. As far as emergencies, I carry my meter, a Novolog Flex Pen and several glucose tablets everywhere I go. In my vehicle is a very well equipped medical kit, probably more than many doctors carry. The army trained me as a combat medic and I've done my best to keep up-to-date. I'm not licensed to practice medicine but I'll always do what I can.

Gemm 2011-07-16 11:03:10 -0500 Report

That employee would have put me in the hospital as I am allergic to both saccharin and aspartame the most popular sweeteners in most diet soda. I do enjoy an occasional soda and today I'm very grateful for the few I can find that have Splenda or the generic version. People have no idea what their little "jokes" can do to other people. Just hope that employee never has a problem such as ours and have someone do that to her, and that she learns better service before doing some serious harm to someone.

MAYS 2010-03-02 02:20:16 -0600 Report

There is no reply needed for your comment, it speaks volumes of and about common sense and preparedness .

theladyiscrazy 2010-03-01 17:55:28 -0600 Report

Thank you for this information. Being new, it is great to read what is fact and what is not.

MAYS 2010-03-01 18:00:02 -0600 Report

Thank you !
Learning something new each day, makes us a little smarter by the end of the week !
Welcome to Diabetic Connect !
" Mays "

packrat2 2010-03-01 11:49:48 -0600 Report

I helped a man out one time in parking lot, that was very low, I got him a coke..he was so low he could not drive and did not know where he was..being type one I knew what to do…regards packrat2

MAYS 2010-03-01 17:55:59 -0600 Report

Your quick thinking and knowledge may have saved his life and if anything, you may have taught him to be more responsible.
I applaud you for this, you are much more than a lifesaver, you're a real true life hero !
" Mays "

roger 2010-03-01 11:40:21 -0600 Report

thanks MATS i will start looking them overafter my surg tomarow if not on wed as soon as dr gives ok to use my left eye

MAYS 2010-03-01 17:51:41 -0600 Report

Roger, take your time, once you regain your sight you have so much more to see and to catch up on, you can always get to this, enjoy the sights and may the blessings of God be with you.
" Mays "

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