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   Posted 9/28/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't been on recently, because of so much craziness going on I just couldn't focus. Right now, things are so upsetting I feel so overwhelmed. Saturday morning my DH came home from work, took a shower, his readings and his shot (T 1 Diabetes) and came to bed. Shortly after that he said, Alice, I'm going low. I started to get up to get things ready for him to come out and bring his sugar up. He told me I can't move! I started to ck what he meant, he was so cool to the touch, he said he felt sweaty - Not. I called both my sons and grabbed the glucose tabs. One son helped me to grab up my dh and the other son called 911. The police, and emt's came, we were ck ing his sugar he was down to 35, ck again down to 32, then again down to 28, plus his heart rate was so low. They packed him into ambulance and off he went to er. My son drove me to the hosp, my dh was in cardiac trauma unit.
While we are trying to get all his paperwork ready, the phone rang in the trauma unit. It was my sister calling for me, I thought she was calling just about my dh. She had called my house that morning b/c she just got a call on my dm's blood work, most results were very good, but her breast cancer numbers were up after being so low for so long.
My dh is awake and aware now, but we aren't sure what is going to happen w/ him. They are changing his meds for diabetes and heart, they want to put the pump in, but that could be a prob w/ his work. We are wondering about disability, but I don't know how we will survive on that. I feel like I want to scream about now.
While I was in the trauma unit and he was nodding off, I had a panic attack. I pulled out my pink 'brown' bad from my bag and tried to gain control over me. A nurse came in, I don't know who I couldn't open my eyes, and asked if I was ok, did I want to go to front desk and be admitted to er. NO I just have to 'woman up' and try to keep going. I have been running all over to take care of things for dh and dm. I have been so sick to my stomach and I can't take the Reglan til I go to bed, it knocks me out.
While I was typing this my phone rang, it was the HR man from dh's job. Very nice man, trying to help us out. I am trying to look at that as a good sign. The sun is shining, another good sign. I just need to hold on and continue praying, I always have my rosary in my pocket so I can focus, otherwise I lose track of everything. Big surprise!
I am going to take my HBP med now, hopefully I can hold them down. Thank you for just listening to me, I appreciate that so much.
God bless.    Alice.

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   Posted 9/28/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice I'm soooooo sorry. ((((HUGS)))) It seems like your family never gets a break. shakehead My ex DIL had to go on an insulin pump after my granddaughter was born cause she couldn't get her sugar back under control. They are pretty sophisticated devices now. It is sad that he can't have one cause of his job. I pray he is able to go back to work.
So what does this mean for your mother??? She has gone through so much already.
I know it's impossible for us to think of ourselves and our needs at times like this but I do hope the panic attacks stay away and your getting rest. I've never had reglan to make me sleepy but as we know we are all different.
Your family is in my prayers dear friend.
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   Posted 9/28/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alice,

Know that you and your husband and daughter are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that your husband can get his blood sugars right. Things will work out for you. You are a good person and try really hard. God watches over us. Know that we are all here for you.

Many (((((hugs))))),

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   Posted 9/28/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   

So sorry, Alice and I will be thinking and praying for you and your family, my friend.



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   Posted 9/28/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   

I am so sorry Alice. Sending prayers and gentle hugs. Wishing you and your family the best.

Take Care,




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   Posted 9/28/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice, I'm so sorry to hear that your family is going through a rough time. I hope your hubby will be ok. I know all this must be really stressful for you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Keep us posted.
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   Posted 9/28/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice, I'm so sorry that you're going through this! I hope that everything will be OK for all of your family members who are ill.

I'm thinking about going on disability myself but I'm the only one working in our household and I work two jobs right now, even though I'm in a I understand your financial fears too!

Praying for you and your family,
(((hugs))) from one Irish babe to another! :)
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   Posted 9/28/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
(((((Alice))))), how frightening!  I'm so glad he got to the hospital in time and is being taken care of.  I'm sure they'll come up with something that will work for him.  There are a lot of good meds out there and perhaps the pump WILL work for him at his job.  I know you two will do what bast for both of you.
Meanwhile, you, your hubby, and your Mom are in my prayers. 
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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
you all are in my prayers, too.

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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Alice,

You are ALWAYS here for anyone that writes. I believe you are one amazing woman. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Blessings to you all


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   Posted 9/28/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Prayers for you and your husband, Alice.  I will say my next Rosary for you both.  God bless!

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   Posted 9/28/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes, you are the most wonderful ladies! I just got back from the hospital, it was so cold in that place, less than 50 degrees- I am still thawing.

Not one of those drs came into today, but one ordered an ultra sound for his kidneys, still waiting on the results. Still waiting to hear from one of the drs re: what is going on, like will they release my dh. So frustrating!!

We really don't know the status of my dm's condition. We have to make appt for a mammo and visit to her oncologist. She has been doing great for 11 yrs, surgery, chemo, radiation, then 2 different oral meds. The dr recently took her off the last med.  I had always thought it was a lifetime thing, but he felt it was safe to take her off it.

My dear Marlee, Karen, Donna, Robin, Sassy, Sherrine, Sue, Miriam, and Luvzminis, thank you for always being there for me. You are always so strong for me when I feel my weakest. JoAnn, welcome to our family! I'm so glad you joined us. The ppl here are just the best, like the greatest sorority, if you will. They are a great band of sisters and some brothers, too.  My dh calls me his 'Irish Babe', so that is why I picked it for my 'name' here. He is my world. Thank you for your prayers and your friendship, they mean so much to me.

God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 9/28/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alice

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
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   Posted 9/28/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I cant imagine what you've been through these lastfew hours. Sounds pretty incredible. You sound like a pretty incredible person yourself! I believe that there are reasons things happen and it sounds like your husband got to the hospital just in time, good thing you were there! I will keep you and family in my prayers! You can never have enough of them!
Gentle Blessings

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   Posted 9/29/2009 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice, just a quick note to say I am thinking about you and your husband, and sending my prayers and good hopes for a full recovery. You have your hands full- please know that we are all here for you while everything settles down. You have enormous strength and give everyone so much of yourself. Soon things will settle and you will be able to breathe easier. For now, know that you are loved and cared for. Let us know how you are doing.
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   Posted 9/29/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice, I am so sorry that your family is going through so much right now. I will pray for your mother and dh. What a scary thing fo you and your dh, thnakfully you were able to get him the help he needed in time.
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   Posted 9/29/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Carnissa, Deb, Sera, and Mamanan, Thank you so much for your prayers and very kind words, they give me strength.

I called my dh last night about 7:15 to see if any drs had shown up w/ info. Five min into this, his endo came in saying he could go home. My son and I went right up, grabbed him and dropped off rx. They also took him off the heart med. Last night my dh was coughing, sneezing, and very achy and had a very fitful rest. He thought he was getting a cold from the hospital being SOOO cold. I looked up the symptoms for the flu instead. I told him we needed to make an appt w/ the pcp today. My sis called to see how he was doing, I said we are making an appt when office opens. She felt b/c  he wasn't vomiting or having runs he couldn't have the flu. I felt strongly it was the flu and we were ck ing it out. We got in to see dr for appt. She took BP, low - tried other arm, still low. He can't take his BP med unless his systolic num is over 100.

I told her that he had the flu shot the other night at work, she said that could be the thing that set this whole dropping BP in motion. He does definitely have the flu. We were trying to figure if it was his insulins that dropped sugar too low and the BP - heart rate followed. Now the dr thinks it was due to this stupid flu shot. The flu shot that was to prevent him getting sick seems to be the thing that almost killed him. The other night he said to me he wanted to get the penicillin shot  - over my dead body!!!

We also called the oncologist re: my mother. He wants her to go for a scan for liver & spleen. The test results may not necessarily mean it's breast cancer, it could be elsewhere or nowhere. She has the appt for tomorrow. Hopefully, we will get some good news there. My dm is outwardly very calm, she always puts one foot in front of the other and keeps going. Besides the fact I love her dearly, I admire her greatly.

I have told my dh so many times about the wonderful ppl on this forum. Even w/ all the things going on in your lives, you find the time and compassion to share w/ me. Thank you all for your goodness, you are so special to me.

God bless.  Alice.


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   Posted 9/29/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice, I was taking blood pressure meds and a diuretic at one point.  Then I lost a lot of weight.  Because of that, I really didn't need the blood pressure meds but we didn't realize it at the time because I didin't keep track of my BP. 
Shortly after that, I was getting light headed a lot and I was hospitalized five times for partial bowel obstructions.  They couldn't figure out what was causing it.  My blood pressure was 62/30!  To make a long story short, they stopped the BP meds and diuretics and my blood pressure is perfect now without them.  Plus, I haven't had any obstruction problems either.  My doctor said that my blood pressure was so low that my organs had slowed down so food wasn't moving through me properly. 
It's amazing how everything interconnects.  As I said previously, they'll get to the bottom of this problem. 
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   Posted 9/29/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
My goodness Alice! You are one busy lady! I'd like to remind you to have a breakdown when this is all settled, ok? You deserve one! Take care and know that we are thinking of you. Sending prayers.
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   Posted 9/29/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alice and I"m so glad you were able to come share this with all of us because as you can see...we truly care about you and your family even tho we've never met face-to-face. This is an amazing family and I feel in my heart that hubby will be OK. I will add my prayers for you, hubby and your family (especially mom) that you all will be blessed with healing and strength.

Please, Alice, remember to take a little time for you and get some extra rest. Your body and mind is obviously on overload the you can not help others when your body is crashing too. Try to get something down like Ensure so you have some nutrition and a bit more energy.

I do understand how your hubby felt, except for heart problems.. In the last three weeks we've been on a very wild schedule and my insulin/sugars have gotten out of whack several times. One night my sugars dropped into the 30's and it woke me up. At least I was able to get on my feet and head for the kitchen. Because lack of sugars/food to the brain causes your mind to start shutting down, all I could think of was to be quiet so as not to wake hubby since he had to work in the morning. That was the dumbest thing I did. I remember part of what happened...was in the kitchen and my knees kept buckling out from under me between mouthfuls of food. I have no idea what I ate but it was enough to bring my sugars up over 400 by morning. Likely cereal and milk. But I kept blacking out and waking myself up long enough to get food in. I should have had hubby wake up and help!! He is a lucky man that you knew what to do to help him. Insulin is a life saving drug, but it can also be very dangerous. Just my opinion here...but some people blame diabetics for being 'stupid' or 'careless' if their sugars go low. They not only need education but to live with this for a few days and learn just how hard it is to get it just right when the smallest bit of extra insulin, not enough bites of food or a bit more walking a couple of extra blocks to get a latte' will upset the delicate balance of insulin in your body. I've had a couple of other 'crashes' during these past 3 weeks but things are starting to even out now.

So, why am I telling you all of this? So you know that we do understand. I don't talk about my diabetes very often but let him know that he has a lot of company out here in the world. Give hubby some extra hugs for us all and relax love him every minute of every day. You made it thru this 'crash' and did'll be fine!

btw, we do have a great diabetes forum here so give him a special invitation to join in. Jeannie is one of the co-moderators there and, as you probably already know, is a great source of knowledge as well as a sweet lady!

Hugs and feel free to email me any time!
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