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Re: [IPk] RE: ip-uk-digest V4 #116

Yes, I wouldn't want people in general to start attacking me with finger 
prickers! It is useful to know how to do it though. One time when my dad 
was having a lot of heart problems, we were having dinner in a 
restaurant late after a concert (where it was also very hot) and my dad 
was feeling very faint and looked as if he was about to pass out, was 
barely able to speak or to sit upright. He kept insisting his BG was not 
low but at the time he had problems with hypo awareness and so I 
insisted on doing a blood test on him just to rule out a hypo! He argued 
for a while but I did it anyway! Of course he was right and he wasn't 
low but it was worth knowing.

On the other hand a friend of mine (or more like ex-friend, as I don't 
really like her any more!) is now a qualified GP and plays on my 
softball team sometimes. At a tournament I was very low after the last 
game and barely able to move, but I told everyone I was low and they 
gave me some Lucozade and so on. My friend insisted on trying to check 
my blood sugar! That really annoyed me because I knew I was low, it was 
obvious and there was absolutely no need to test me! Especially as she 
kept asking me how my meter worked as she'd never used that one before! 
I believe I ended up throwing the meter into the hedge to stop her 
testing me!!!

On 23/06/11 10:44, Brenda Cookson wrote:
> I think maybe he probably 'forgot' to show me how to do it in the first place
> becausee he thought I was likely to start randomly attacking him with the
> finger pricker and doing loads of tests lol! I did once particularly want him
 > to do a test for some reason and he wouldn't so I offered him a fiver which
 > accepted! Couldn't afford to do that too often though! I know that Sue
> son is the same age as David and was around 14 when diagnosed and she still
> sometimes does his blood tests and injections which I find very strange!
> Brenda, mum of David, 22.
>> Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:36:35 +0100
>> From: email @ redacted
>> To: email @ redacted
>> Subject: Re: [IPk] RE: ip-uk-digest V4 #116
>> Hi Brenda
>> It's probably worth knowing how to do a blood test just in case. My
>> previous two boyfriends both learnt to do blood tests on me just in case
>> (their idea, not mine). In fact my last boyfriend used to love prodding
>> me in the morning to wake me up and then grabbing a finger and testing
>> my blood for me before I'd even opened my eyes! I often take a long time
>> to wake up properly so it was great!
>> On the subject of glucagon, you can't really do any harm if you do mess
>> it up. The worst that can happen is probably that the glucagon doesn't
>> go into the muscle if you miss the spot, and therefore doesn't do
>> anything. But that's no worse than doing nothing. Oh and you might give
>> him a bit of a sore arm afterwards if you do mess it up, but I'm sure
>> he'd forgive you! Injecting is not really rocket science, you stick the
>> needle in and push the plunger! What's more difficult is to do it
>> painlessly, but if he's unconscious anyway then he's not going to care!
>> Di
>> On 23/06/11 10:28, Brenda Cookson wrote:
>>> we only got our first glucagon kit after David had ended up in hospital
> in
>>> Bulgaria a couple of years after he had been diagnosed. I asked the DSN
> and
>> he
>>> asked David if he consented which was a bit bizarre really as withholding
>>> consent would be like saying that he didn't consent to someone trying to
>>> potentially save his life! David did say that he was a little concerned
> in
>>> case he was actually high rather than low so the DSN said I could do a
> blood
>>> test first and David and I agreed that he would show me how to do it, but
>>> somehow it never happened. I think that it is highky unlikely that he
> would
>> be
>>> high anyway.
>>> If I was to practice on myself I would have to use one of his spare
> meters
>>> ideally but it is a good idea. I tend to be pretty useless at anything
> like
>>> that which is partly why I am not convinced I could successfully give the
>>> glucagon. I'm actually a trained first aider which is quite scary as I'm
> much
>>> better on the theory than the practice!
>>> Brenda, mum of David, 22.
>> .
> .
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