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[IPr] Re:I must have a guardian angel
Earlier, someone asked if we could share any spiritual experiences we had
related to diabetes. Well, in January '99 for the first time in 28 years of
IDDM, I lost consciousness. Somehow I managed to snack, bolus and get in the
car without checking my blood sugar. I took my 8 yr. old daughter & her
friend to the park for about an hour. I somehow "knew" that I needed to get
home, but I don't remember driving the 1/2 mile home. As I pulled into the
driveway, the friend's parent pulled into the driveway to pick up their
child. I remember hearing their voice, but I never saw them. Within a
minute, my daughter's piano teacher pulled up and I collapsed in a heap in my
driveway (the piano teacher didn't know I was diabetic & thought I might be
drunk!). The piano teacher pulled my car keys from my hand & with my
daughter's help, got me inside the house. She found my husband's work phone
# posted on the refrigerator, but couldn't find the telephone (a cordless, I
left it upstairs). She ran outside and got her cell phone from her car and
hailed a neighbor pulling into their driveway. My husband told her to call
911, see if I would drink some Sprite & he was on his way. All this happened
about 5:30 pm. The paramedics arrived and gave me IV glucose & said my blood
sugar was about 20 mg/dl! I have no memory of any of this, but I remember
hearing people talking & wondering who all the strangers were in my house.
My husband got home about 5:40 & saw me sprawled on the couch, white as a
ghost, my face looking "flattened out".
Finally I started coming around about 6:05 PM, and I slowly realized
what was happening from the paramedics asking me if I knew what day it was?
My response was hilarious to me. I said "You mean I almost died and I didn't
get to see the tunnel, the white light, or even leave my body?" I woke up
feeling cheated! My heart was doing an arrhythmia that needed to be
monitored, so I was taken to the hospital ER. I was still "spacey" for
another hour, but I was with it enough to ask my doctor if I was getting a
Lidocaine drip? (I have been a hospital pharmacist). I was kept overnight
for observation. The staff never tried to take my pump off & my husband
brought my purse with my blood glucose monitoring supplies.
I didn't sleep much that night, I was scared to death that I could
have killed myself and innocent children driving home from the park. I swore
to myself that I would never get in a car again without checking my blood
sugar, and I would pay more attention to my body. I spent a lot of time
talking to the nurse on the night shift, about priorities, life lessons,
etc...I kept thinking " How did I drive that car home?"...Somebody had to
have been helping me, I think.
I kept hoping I would remember some celestial being telling me
Something, but I haven't. Oh well, that's my story. I also got a Medic
Alert Bracelet the next week, which I had never worn before. (Too
arrogant..."I've never passed out"). Anyway, I hope this never happens to
anyone else but it still pays to always be prepared. I know their is a
reason I'm still here, one reason is probably for my kids.
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