Afraid to go the Emergency room...

Amber Farber
By Amber Farber Latest Reply 2011-02-28 15:05:41 -0600
Started 2011-02-27 02:08:57 -0600

I recently fell on some ice here in Illinois and i landed on my hip. Well it reminded me that everytime I go to the Emergency Room..they end up treating me for my D2. When my blood pressure goes up sometimes my blood sugar goes up and ..I have always had a semi high reading. Well when I drop below a 220 which is very normal for me,I start to feel sick and then I end up in the hospital because they think there is more wrong with me.Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? I don't have medical coverage and have to use my resources in my county to get my medication.PLease help!

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Amber Farber
Amber Farber 2011-02-27 20:04:46 -0600 Report

Well unfortunetly i have eliminated all of the bad foods in my life…I have been working on my diet for almost five years now .I have been back and forth between insuline and pills.Right now I am on metphormine at 1500 mg a day. It really flusters me when I can't get a reading below the 200 mark. Its not that I don't know what to do about my numbers or how to take care of me..its the fear of everytime i go to the ER for something other then my BLood Sugars it turns into a problem with my Blood sugars.Like this last time i went because i fell on the ice and cracked my hip .I ended up having to go back the next day because they didn't do anything about my hip. I am just have a fear of going to the ER now .I understand that my sugars being this high is dangerous and at 30 years old this year…my liver is already having problems.I also don't get bladder infections they go straight to my kidneys. Not having medical insurance makes it really hard to pay for everything out of pocket. So its not asking what to do with my numbers its advice about what i should do about the ER not checking me for what i went there for. Thanks for all the advice everyone I appreciate your concern and advice.

GabbyPA 2011-02-28 15:05:41 -0600 Report

Unfortunately, they are going to ask if you are diabetic and they are going to check and try to treat it if you go. It is what they are supposed to do. Diabetes affects so many things, they want to try to deal with that as well. I suppose you can speak up and let them know that you refuse treatment for diabetes while there, but then they may not treat your hip then. I am not sure how it will work out.

jayabee52 2011-02-28 02:31:34 -0600 Report

Sometimes you have to be your own best advocate. If you feel they are ignoring what you came into ER for, ask for an ombudsman, or a social worker who can also go to bat for you with the ER Docs & Nurses. Perhaps tell your fears to the triage nurse. If they know you're not there to lower your Blood Glucose readings, perhaps they will not chase a lower number for you and attend to the reason you're there.

Blessings to you and yours.

James Baker

Kirla 2011-02-27 18:02:29 -0600 Report

Having blood sugars above 200 all the time is very dangerous. The complications
and damage I hear starts when blood sugar gets above 140 or so. Over 200 is not good. I read somewhere that reading above 220 your liver starts to dump sugar in your urine. That’s not good also.

I took a look at your profile. Seems like the blood sugar is doing some damage. If you don’t control your blood sugar it’s only going to get worse. I believe if you can bring down your numbers to normal levels or at least get them below 140 you can stop whatever damage is being done. You may even be able to reverse some of it if its not to late. By any means you need to do this as soon as possible.

I believe the sickness will go away when you control your blood sugar. It may take time but the alternative is worse in the long run. If you haven’t researched diabetes compilations you should as soon as possible. Maybe learning what happens will get you to at least try to control your condition.

A low blood sugar reading if not using insulin is below 70. My blood sugar gets in the 60’s a lot sometimes. I have even tested in the middle of the night and had reading in the upper 50’s. I just go back to sleep. I think if it gets below 55 or 40 then maybe I will eat something and monitor for a while. But any reading above 100 is no way lows. You have to try and get used to normal blood sugar numbers.

I usually post how I control my blood sugar, because I believe it can help most people. Not everyone but a lot who are willing to eat some vegetables and drink some water and test the foods they eat to see how it affects there blood sugar.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard-boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

Harlen 2011-02-27 14:55:48 -0600 Report

I know what you meen when I first started to get my #'s down ( I was very high)
When I got down to the 200's I would start to feel ill the Doc sead to work thrue it and I did and I didnt think it would work but it did now I feel ill at 150 for a high and 65 for a low ,If you need to see a Doc do it you are the only you there is and if you dont take care of you then who will ?????
Best wishes

MAYS 2011-02-27 13:10:39 -0600 Report

My advice to you is this, do not be afraid to live!
By going to the hospital and being treated, or at least started on treatment for anything is better than doing nothing, there is nothing "normal" about a 220 blood glucose reading, I would relly have that looked into by a diabetes doctor.

Neither diabetes, nor hypertension are anything to take lightly, they both can cause severe health problems for you and together they are twice as dangerous.
Here are a few links that may be helpful to you:

Take care of yourself!


Amber Farber
Amber Farber 2011-02-27 12:29:28 -0600 Report

Thank you for the advice and the link i really appreciate it. When my blood sugar gets below a 170 at the least i start to feel disoriented and shakey.If I let it go which i have tried hundreds of times ..i start to sweat and get very tired.when it reaches down to the 120's i start to get light headed and some times i start to pass out..unless i am taking medication to help me i am very nervous about ever letting it get that low. I eat extremely healthy and I exersize everyday.Not having medical coverage is very hard for me..I go to the health department in my county and recieve assistance but they can't alway help me. i Regulate my blood glucose six times a day every meal before and after.

jayabee52 2011-02-27 12:17:43 -0600 Report

Howdy Amber, welcome to DC!

I am really concerned for you. To have readings in the 200s almost continuously is NOT good for you. You need to get your blood glucose numbers ("BG#s") more toward the "normal" BG of 80 - 120. You say you feel "sick" when you go below 220. Please describe what you experience.

My beloved Jem would have feelings of going low. She would get shakey & sweaty, (even when the house was cool) and felt bad. She was having what I called a "false low" reaction. She often had high BG#s and her body got used to that level of BG in her system. When she approached the normal BG level, she experienced a "low" reaction. Basically she had to tough it out and allow her body to get used to a more normal BG level. When she got used to it, then she would have the same low reaction, and she would eat or drink something to bring her BG#s back up.

Another issue is that of finding help to get you medical care. Here's a link to a discussion from a while ago which relates to this issue: To search for other discussions like this, go to the discussions link on the left side of this page. In the page that opens you will see a box toward the upper right of the page with a little green square with a spyglass to its right. Type whatever search term you would like, and it will bring up every discussion where that word occurs. The link above was found using the term "help".

I pray you find this useful.

God's blessings to you and yours