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TOPIC TITLE: Diabetic Shock
Created On 2/22/06 4:56 PM
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IDDM11
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2/22/06 4:56 PM
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I have been a Diabetic for 12 years, and until yesterday never experienced Diabetic Shock. It was probably the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. I woke up with an entire team of ambulence members standing over me, injecting glucose into me. My husband had called the ambulance, since I wasn't responding to my baby's cries, or him. Rather, I was just lying there with my eyes open. He had taken my sugar and it was 41 (low, but not THAT low), and started making me drink Sprite. I had just been at my doctor the day before, and had gotten the ok on everything, she hadn't even made any changes in my boluses or basils. Then all of a sudden the morning after this happened. Has anyone ever had an experience like this??
 
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samuelb
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4/2/06 3:39 PM
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I have unfortunately had such episodes several times, ( 2-3 times with Hatzala) I find that it's more common when asleep to slip into this situation because we don't always have the feeling of the low coming on. Also, you may be having a early -morning rebound (are you taking a long acting or bolus in early am?).
It is sometimes difficult to review what went wrong for a particular episode. Did you take a correction bolus at night , or skipped a snack? These may have caused a quick or sudden drop in BG. We are generaly taught that IF we cannot figure out why we got a severe low, we should lower the insulin in THAT period IMMEDIATLY! BG testing @ 2-4 am may shed some light on what's happening.
I hope you figure it out.
Good Luck,
Shmuel
 
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