Good Afternoon campers,
I’m not sure how to go about this, but maybe if I just start writing, and telling the story, the words will come and all will be well.
I was taken to the hospital last night by ambulance.
Yeah, it really doesn’t come out well, no matter how you say it.
Anyway, last evening I started feeling poorly and thought my blood sugar was dropping so I checked it and found it pretty low. For those of you who aren’t conversant in diabetes here’s a fast lesson:
High blood sugar can cause long term damage to many of the organs in your body, to your extremities and eventually, an early and quite painful death. It is generally believed that at 200 mg/dl most of the population with diabetes are causing themselves some sort of physiological problems. Although some are being hurt at levels of 150 or even less.
80 mg/dl to 120 mg/dl is considered “normal”. Most diabetics try VERY hard to keep it at 100 but are normally pretty happy if it’s under 130. Usually there are no adverse problems from being too high or too low at this point.
60 mg/dl to 70 mg/dl low blood sugar symptoms. Sweating, shaking, lightheadedness, nausea, and other symptoms usually personalized to the individual.
40 mg/dl to 60 mg/dl worsening symptoms. To possibly include unconsciousness and seizures
Below 40 mg/dl extremely dangerous. Can include diabetic coma and death at very low levels.
Well, when I felt mine was getting low, as I went to check it my symptoms got very bad, very fast. The reading on the meter said 26 mg/dl. I texted my wife (she being on the other end of the cave complex) “Help” and immediately started putting sugar in my mouth. Anything sweet I could find. Two minutes later she took over that task and I took my blood reading again… 23 mg/dl. Well, to make a very long and scary story short, I ended up at the hospital, in the Emergency Room and for all intents and purposes should’ve been in a coma.
There are many other things involved in this problem, including the FMS, the deteriorating spine and hips and others.
Things are going to be slow to pick back up again. In the mean time, bear with us, have patience and understanding and know that we are doing the best that we possibly can.
Until tomorrow my friends,