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Re: [IPk] have you all gone
Vic, relax - you've upset no-one - at least not this no-one <G>
Di congratulations on the housebuying. Good luck with everything and hope the
move goes well. High stress doing a number on your bgs?
My report is very mixed. Out of the last 13 weeks I've spent 9 in hospital -
divided into 2 stays - both emergency admissions.
First stay (due to infected asthma etc)gave me the heebie-jeebies on the level
of information re DM some (and I stress - some) Staff Nurses had of DM and how
to control it - especially re insulin. I firmly kept control and had a couple
of fights to do this but managed it. DM specialist nurse was excellent when I
eventually managed to see her.
I developed multiple pulmonary emboli so had great "fun" being in hospital
since before Christmas. Also developed various infections and neither asthma
nor wafarin treatment for clots could be stabilised. Finally discharged on 24
drugs!!! on 7th Feb and on 22nd Feb was re-admitted haemorrhaging badly from an
artery in the duodenum. No previous history of ulcer. Paramedics took me in
after I passed out in loo. They were pushing blood in but I was losing it
faster so 4 days in Intensive Care followed while the fight continued. Surgery
was not an option in the state I was in. Mind you if I had auditioned for St
Peter singing "Open up those pearly gates" he'd either have brought out the
detour signs or sent me back to annoy you more.
Good thing was that in ICU they put me on insulin IV - and it controlled bgs
wonderfully. When I go back in April to the DM clinic I'm going armed with
loads of graphs and data with my results to help push for a pump. 3rd year of
Not on Warfarin for 8 weeks due to bleeding so injecting instead 18000 units of
Fragmin. Boy does it sting!
The central-line experience in your neck to your heart is also something to be
avoided at all costs!
Still after a couple of weeks staying with relatives to get me into less of the
Rip-van-Winkle sister mode, I'm hoping to return home on Saturday. Lots of
help being required for now - which is a shock to my independent system.
If being on an insulin pump is as helpful in controlling bgs as the IV pump
was, with reduced insulin requirements as a welcome bolus, then I'm really
pushing for it. I'll re-start the letter-writing campaign when I get home.
Sorry to run on. But there you go, Vic complained of silence!
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