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Re: [IP] SCARY
I guess my wife should answer, but I know that those severe
episodes are not pleasant at all.
Specific answers to your questions:
The best thing to keep around the house for unconcious
hypoglycmia is an injection kit of glucagon. Obtaining this
requires a prescription. Whether this would be a problem
for a pregnant diabetic or the fetus you'd need to ask a
When I'm pseudo-concious, OJ works best. The glucose gels
are good because they do get absorbed through the mouth.
Having an auto-shut off likely wouldn't have helped; the
insulin that was in you wife's system was that delivered 1
The "losing your wife" question is a bit more uncertain.
The body has some protection mechanisms for extremely low
bg's. The liver reacts to the glucagon which is produced (I
think from the pancrease; a part that still works) and puts
some of its glucose stores into the blood stream. As long
as your wife hadn't had an earlier hypo too soon to have
those stores renewed, she likely would have woken up on her
own. This is often hard to believe/swallow (pun intended).
I know that I have had hypos when 911 was called. During
that time, I was having seizures and my wife didn't know
what to do. We didn't have glucagon at the time and I was
spilling more OJ than I was consuming. Shortly after the
paramedics arrived, but before they did anything other than
take a finger stick, I woke up. And was completely
coherent. This has happened before, but is never ceases to
amaze my wife. She says, "How can you be so suddenly
coherent when 2 minutes ago, you were gone?!"
Some hypoglycemic episodes, perhaps this severe, are likely
in most diabetic's history. Certainly mine. I had
hypoglycemic unawareness, which is a diagnosed condition
where the normal symptoms of a low bg are not sensed. Adds
to the excitement! Even though this has gotten better on
the pump it still is one reason why I do 8-10 tests a day.
Best of luck to both you and your wife, as well as the new
<<<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
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.
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
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
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