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I don't usually write to this group. It's really for my wife Patty whose
been a diabetic since she was 4. She is now 35yrs old. We have a 4 year
old healthy boy and we wanted to have one more. We switched from 2-3 shots
a day to the pump. She has been using it now since Feb. She is now 8 weeks
pregnant with an A1C of about 7.0. That's when the specialists gave us the
green light to try. The other morning, as usual, I left the house about
7:00am to go for my morning run. I told my wife, who was still in bed and
she said okay. I usually get back about an hour later and take my son to
preschool. Well when I returned I immediately noticed my son was not
dressed for school. I ran into the bedroom and found my wife in a deep
diabetic coma. Her eyes were wide open, not blinking at all, and breathing
from her mouth on her back. My son was just playing in the den and said
mommy was really tired so he let her sleep. I ran to the phone dialed 911
and at the same time tried to give her OJ. I propped her up but the OJ
wouldn't go down. I kept trying the OJ little by little. The paramedics
came checked her sugar level(40) then gave her a shot and IV. She came to
3-5 minutes later. We spent the morning in the ER. Then we went to her
OB-GYN specialist to check on the baby. Everything is okay. Here are my
questions if anyone can help.
This is the first time this has happened in her life. Is there any way I
can get sugar in her if she's not swallowing ? I think some sugar from the
OJ did get in her blood through her mouth - is that true?
Does glucose jell get absorbed through the mouth ?
When will pumps have an auto shut-off if the sugar level is low?
How close was I to losing my wife?
Is this common in other diabetics?
I'm very upset and needed to talk to someone. This scared me so much.
Everytime I think about it I lose it. Any kind words would be great,
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/