November 26, 2011

I Still Remember... - 30 Health Posts in 30 Days

I still remember… Free write a post that starts with the line “I still remember…”

I still remember the day before Thanksgiving in 9th grade.  Everyone was home and prepping the feast for the next day.  I'm sure I had slept in that morning.  I had gone out into the kitchen to see what was up and then went back into my bedroom to check my blood sugar before eating breakfast.  It was 130.  I went back out into the kitchen and had put down a piece of bread in the toaster and was waiting for it.  The next thing I know, I'm being held up by family members and being forced to drink a concoction of orange juice and kero syrup.  I don't know what was going on, but they kept on telling me to drink and so I did as I faded in and out of consciousness.  When I really came to, I was sitting at the table still being forced to drink that mess. Jennifer was putting my hair in a pony tail as I puked and then would have to drink more.  Apparently I had passed out and fell backwards hitting my head on the counter top behind me.  The paramedics got there pretty quick and put me on oxygen and one of the guys was even a member in our ward.  They loaded me up into the ambulance and headed to the hospital.  While in the ambulance they tested me blood sugar and it was 40, but they weren't sure how accurate it was.  My mom followed behind the ambulance.  I chatted with the guy in the back and he asked if it would be funny if we covered me with a sheet while my mom was looking...I advised him that it probably wouldn't!  They took me into the hospital and into a room where they drew my blood twice and checked my heart with some electrodes.  With all the sugar that was in my system, my blood sugar had jumped to over 400.  After a few tests and some rest, I was able to go home.

We are still not sure exactly what happened that day.  Whether I just passed out for passing out's sake or if it had to do with diabetes.  Not sure if the blood sugar meter in the ambulance was accurate or what, but that was the first time it happened and hasn't happened since.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J

2 comments:

Natalie Smith said...

that is so scary. thank goodness that was only a one time thing...poor girl.

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