Monday, July 18, 2011


Oh, James. Name calling is just so unfair. Yes, he called me that and said he expects someone else to call 911 when he passes out.

Now, I think we can assume that James is a diabetic.

So why is he passing out? Because he didn't test often enough? Because he doesn't know that his glucose is low? And while he doesn't take care of himself, and passes out....he still expects someone to be there and call 911!!!

Now I think most of us know that if our spouse passes out, we will make the call. My point is that a diabetic EXPECTS someone to make that call. And my question is why the heck are they passing out??

99% of the time it's going to be because they go low. So why the heck do they allow themselves to get so low they pass out?

Absolutely no excuse for that these days with all the testing equipment available.

James is such a typical diabetic. So quick to accuse and call out names! Never willing to look at themselves and ask the very questions I'm asking. Why do you allow yourself to be in a situation where anyone has to call 911? And yes, we are only talking about Diabetes 911 related calls.

My hubby went all day long without eating. Then went out in the hot sun for an hour, then drank a gin and tonic. I made the call when he passed out. His glucose was down to 30. He had not tested in months. I understand not being hungry and not wanting to eat...but that's still no reason to not test and not take care of yourself. And when you don't do that, it's not my job to be here 24/7 just in case you might need someone to call 911. Lucky for him I was here when it happened!

So James, go ahead, call me all the names you want. But I happen to think the real freakazoid here are men like you who expect someone to take care of them rather than stepping up to the plate and taking care of themselves!!!



Valerie said...

Just wanted to comment on one thing:

"99% of the time it's going to be because they go low. So why the heck do they allow themselves to get so low they pass out?
Absolutely no excuse for that these days with all the testing equipment available."

I have definitely put myself in situations or made decisions that probably weren't the best for my blood sugar levels, but it can be exhausting to do the "right" thing each time and sometimes you just want to be "normal" and not have to take so much precaution. With that being said, there are many cases where you can only do so much to prevent a low, even with all the medical equipment available these days. For example, my blood sugar is really sensitive to working out and sometimes drops very quickly. Trying to balance keeping my blood sugar stable with different workouts can be really challenging. Also, exercise can continue to lower your blood sugar the next day, so sometimes you need less insulin. There are also many people out there who don't feel their lows...they're not doing anything wrong necessarily, but they just don't feel them until they are in the 40s or lower. Also, I've heard your sensitivity to lows can decrease as you age, so that's something to keep in mind too.

But that also doesn't excuse being careless or not paying attention to what's going on. However, I think that even with all the attention to your diabetic lifestyle, lows will happen--in fact, my endo has told me that the more strict and careful you are and the lower your A1C is, the more likely you are to have lows that come along with it. I don't know if you were just putting the question out to vent, but I just wanted to comment because there are a lot of diabetics who take care of themselves and do everything in their power to keep their numbers stable...yet there will always be lows (and highs) to battle.

Diabeteswife said...

Valerie, I'm 100% aware of what you are saying. My point is that if you know exercise has a long lasting impact on your diabetes, then you handle it. Don't expect your spouse or loved one to be on standby to help you out.

And I understand you cannot always control what happens. Again, my point is that you shouldn't put the burden of caring for you on anyone else.

And I suspect that a lot of diabetics do.