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Re: [IP] Hospital procedures-horror story
In a message dated 12/2/00 10:12:56 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
<< << ast 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 guess i am pretty lucky when ever i have stayed in the hospital
they always checked me before meals and whenever i told them i felt
like it needed to be ... (etc.> >>
When we go to the hospital, ideally we should plan to take care of ourselves
(if able). Test your own BGs, give yourself your own insulin, have a stash of
snacks, make sure you have some sugar in reach at all times, etc.
You can NEVER be assured that your BGs will be checked in a timely fashion,
that meals won't be delayed, that a nurse will answer your call for help --
or even understand that you NEED help NOW!!!! YOU are responsible for your
I was in a hospital where BGs were routinely checked one hour before meals.
Now, what good is that going to do you? I never got bedtime snacks, even when
I asked -- begged -- for them. With dinner at 5 and breakfast at 8, I not
only got hungry but, after having surgery, my BGs plummeted and, as you all
know, you don't perfect your basals in just one try.
You may say that you don't want to use your own supplies because insurance is
paying for the stay anyway. WRONG!!! YOU are paying the insurance premium,
therefore YOU are paying (and way too much, I might add) for the supplies.
Keep it up and that's where your insurance premium payment will go -- UP.
Those expensive supplies are also eating into your lifetime cap. I don't know
about y'all, but my policy specifies that, after I use up "X" amount of
medical dollars in my lifetime, that's it. I'm conserving as many of those
dollars now as I can: I might need them down the road. Check your policy.
Whew! End of rant. (Maybe I've been hanging around Sara SP too much ...)
Jan and Elvis
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