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Re: [IP] Hospital procedures-horror story



Last time I was in the hospital...it was 5am and I woke up with a low.  I
called the nurse and told her I was low.  She then told me that breakfast
would not be served until 7am.  I told her I couldn't wait that long.  She
then questioned me on how I knew I was low.  I told her that after 12
years-I can feel a low.
She said she would be right in.  20 minutes later she brought me in 1 GRAHAM
CRACKER!
Good thing I had my machine with me so I had already checked my BG before
even calling her.  And along with my machine I had glucose tabs with me.
        MORAL OF THIS SAD BUT TRUE STORY:
   With any hospital stay-be it, emergency, outpatient or whatever...BE
PREPARED!  We (the diabetic community) need to be able to attempt to take
care of ourselves the best we can because we live with diabetes 24/7 and
even though me might not have a medical license or degree we are far more
educated than some of the people that are left responsible for caring for
us.

Mel...sorry, guess this ended up to be a vent also :)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jack Granowski" <email @ redacted>
To: "Insulin Pumpers" <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2000 4:08 AM
Subject: [IP] Hospital procedures


> This is a recurring subject, but I've just gotten out of the hospital
> for R & R of my implant by my urologist.  I thought it was to be out
> patient, so did not bring my supplies.  The nurses had a rule that they
> only give bg tests every 6 hours, with no relation to eating times.  I
> went into my room at 10 am and was tested, they would not test until 4
> pm.  If the 6 hour came a a half hour after food, that's when they
> wanted to do it.  The only way I could get tests when I wanted was to
> tell them I might be high or low.  This is the hospital (Valley, LV)
> where I was first taught how to use the pump, and they seem to have
> deteriorated in the last 7 years.
>
> --
> Jack Granowski
> email @ redacted
> --
> A fool and his money were lucky to get together in the first place.
>  - Harry Anderson
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