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Re: [IP] My Reasons (& Nursing Homes) -Cozmo?
On Sunday, March 16, 2003, email @ redacted wrote:
> her mother
> is in a nursing home and her BG was quite high the other night
> (between 500-600) and they gave her her N and R at dinner time and an
> extra 10 units of R to cover the high. Her sugar had not dropped 2
> hour later so they gave her another dose of R. I think in a 6 hour
> time frame she was given over 20 units of R and no snack before bed.
> In the middle of the night she bottomed out and they had to call 911
> to treat her low because after 2 Glucagon shots she still had not come
You know, this was at least a more logical course of action -- albeit
not safe -- than I think the nurses I have seen treat diabetes in a
couple nursing homes would have been able to come up with. I had a
confrontation with one LPN (she was the head nurse) who I had become
(ordinarily) quite friendly with <gr.> in the nursing home where my
non-diabetic mother was staying, about the complaints of a type 1 man
who, fortunately, got out of there pretty quick. She had no clue. And
she sure wasn't going to accept any from either me or him. A shot (or
possibly 2, but that was pushing it) a day, and no sugar was going to
do it all -- if it didn't, that was his fault.
I notice parents are thinking of the Cozmo being a help for the
child-care providers. I wonder if it would help in a nursing home, too
<gr.>. I've always assumed I wouldn't stay alive very long in a
nursing home, because keeping my diabetes under control is too
complicated, but maybe this type of pump at some point would make it
possible. Probably not with that nurse, though. <gr.> But maybe it
did make sense to get long-term care insurance <gr.>.
And, of course, we type 1 diabetics, and those type 2s who need
treatment like that of type 1s, are living longer, and will eventually
make up a sizable proportion of the nursing home population, I bet.
Barring that cure that the doctor in 1955 told me would be here before
I grew up.
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