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Re: [IP] Feeling Vulnerable



Billie,

It really is going to be alright.  This was a really freak thing to happen,
but YOU handled it!  It was ugly, but you dealt with it the best way you
could.  Good Job!

Melany, who has seen the ugly side of diabetes as well!


> Hi everyone!  A few hours after a site change on Thursday, I had a bg
> reading of 498.  I tested for small ketones.  I began pushing fluids and
> took an injection to cover the high bg.  After a couple of hours, my bg
> was still over 300.  I changed my site, did a lead screw and a self test
> on my MM507.  At bedtime my bg was still over 300.  I bolused for the
> high bg and went to bed.  In the AM, my bg was 550 with moderate
> ketones.  I injected to cover and went to work, pushing fluids and
> checking hourly.  By 11 am, my blood sugar was 130 and I passed out at
> work.  My endo says I panicked and hyperventilated causing me to pass
> out.  His office gave me fluids and said I was lucky.  He says I was in
> DKA.  If it had waited any longer I would have had a few days hospital
> stay.  I have been weak all weekend.  I am feeling very nervous and
> vulnerable.  I have not been in DKA in about 17 years.  I have been on
> my pump for almost five years.  I now realize we can become so lax.  I
> think having a pump has made me feel a little invincible.  Don't get me
> wrong, I have always been a brittle diabetic.  For 21 years I have had
> swings in my bgs.  I have not been sick like this since I left home and
> got out of puberty.  Every little weird feeling I get, I am so afraid.
> Everything can happen so fast.  How do I get past this fear.  I have
> survived this for so long already, but now I am feeling helpless.  Any
> advice or kind words would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Billie
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