Today has certainly been an adventure!

David and I were napping this morning (as you all know, we’re night owls). About noon, Petra needed to be walked. Laynie and I went out with her. Since I was attacked back in September, one of us always goes out with Laynie and Petra.

We came back in and David was sitting in his recliner, eyes wide open, with that scary “nobody’s home” look. I asked him if he was okay. At first, he was non-responsive, just staring. I prompted him to answer me. He said something, but his mouth was closed and I couldn’t understand him. That happened a couple of times. I prompted him to open his mouth when he spoke. He opened his mouth, but didn’t speak.

I found his blood sugar meter and checked his sugar level. It was 50, which is incredibly low. He usually starts having adverse symptoms once he gets down to 80.

I know that a low blood sugar can mimic a stroke, but I also know that a low blood sugar doesn’t exclude the possibility of a stroke either. In a diabetic, the blood sugar is one of the first things to check in this situation.

I gave him candy and milk. He was unable to drink the milk. It kept falling out of his mouth. He did fine with eating the candy.

Laynie checked his blood pressure. It was 225/90 with a pulse of 60.

We called the ambulance. When they got here, we (me and Laynie) informed them of his diabetes and stroke history. His blood sugar level was 49 when they checked it, so it was still going down.

They called another crew to help lift him onto the stretcher. He could not assist them at all. Laynie and I were afraid of him falling, so we just let them work out how to get my big rag doll onto the stretcher without dropping him. It took some doing, but they finally were able to get him onto the stretcher.

They gave him glucagon(sp) to help bring the sugar level back up. They kept him in the ambulance on our street to see how he responded. His response to the glucagon would determine which hospital they would take him to.

Laynie rode in the front of the ambulance and I took our car. I am our only driver.

His sugar level started going back up, so they took him to our local hospital. They went lights and sirens the whole way.

It was up to 80 when they got him to the ER. He went for a CT scan and that was done by the time I arrived at the ER. He was responsive and able to talk fine at this point.

Then, one of the icky effects of a high blood sugar hit him. I had them check his sugar again and it was now at 300. I playfully told him he really needed to stop playing this yo-yo game. I guess this is one way to get a pass on physical therapy today!

They are apparently convinced it was just sugar related, as is Laynie. I’m not so sure, but we’re home now and he is back to his nap. He has no memory of most of what has happened today.

The stroke back in February has effectively destroyed his short term memory. He doesn’t remember things from one day to the next. Some days, he is doing good to remember from one minute to the next. I have that issue myself sometimes, but I don’t have strokes or diabetes as a reason.

Thank you all for continued prayers for my David.

Have a blessed day.

About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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25 Responses to Update

  1. foguth says:

    I shall certainly continue my prayers and hope that it was just a sugar crisis.

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    • Thank you, Jeanne. I appreciate it very much. Have a blessed evening.

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      • foguth says:

        If the dr. didn’t give you diet advice of foods to reduce arterial blockage, you might find this short video helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INEAHHLXFC8

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        • Thank you for this link, Jeanne. No, they didn’t give us any suggestions. I will view this video shortly. Thank you again. Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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          • foguth says:

            Suzanne, I respect many doctors, but have also noticed that M D s mainly seem to study a particular field, while D O s (Osteopathic Doctors) study the complete human then specialize in an area. I, for one, prefer to avoid doctors, so try to consume a healthy diet, which seems to help me avoid visits to the white coats.

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          • I have respect for a very few doctors at this point, Jeanne. David’s podiatrist is one of them. And our GP years ago back in the 1980s, in South Carolina, is another. Both are/were caring humans that didn’t put money ahead of everything else.

            I prefer to avoid doctors, too, and deal with whatever comes along for me personally on my own.

            We’re trying to eat a healthier diet, but we still have a long way to go. Some bad habits are hard to get over, but we’re working on it.

            I hope you are able to keep avoiding the white coats!

            Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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          • foguth says:

            Both of the doctors that I respect are D O s … they want to heal their patients and are willing to use any methods, even diet, exercise, etc. Whatever works. In my experience, M D s prefer to prescribe medication that never quite heals.
            BTW, if you’re interested in alternate options, I take PRO FLORA 30 probiotic + Turmeric every day … these basically aid in digestion + boost the immune system, so I don’t think they would be detrimental to health. Another thing aspect is that they are anti-fungal, which might not seem important, but those teeny-tiny spores can be airborne and nearly undetectable .Since I began taking these, my allergies haven’t bothered me as much and I have a lot more energy.

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          • The two doctors you mention sound like very good, caring doctors. Personally, I think the “medicines” most doctors prescribe are meant to keep folks sick. If they heal folks, that affects their profit margins.
            Thank you for the Pro Flora suggestion. I will look into that.
            Do you think its anti-fungal properties would also help nail fungus? David has issues with that, but the only medicine they could prescribe for David would wreck his kidneys, so we didn’t go with it.
            I am glad that you have more energy and fewer allergy problems. That is wonderful!
            Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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          • foguth says:

            I know turmeric + those probiotics help nail fungus as well as any fungus growing inside, which can’t be seen.
            Another treatment for nail fungus, which should also give relief but not mess with kidneys is Vick Vapor Rub -apply it to the affected area twice a day.


  2. 15andmeowing says:

    I am glad it wasn’t a stroke. You are all in my prayers. XO

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  3. Sandee says:

    Prayers continue for the both of you. It’s so hard to deal with sometimes.

    Have a blessed day you two. ♥

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    • Thank you, Sandee. Yes, it is hard to deal with all of these medical events that have been happening lately. It’s starting to feel like we’re on some sort of a medical drama series. With everyone praying for him, I know it will level out again soon.
      Thank you again. Have a blessed weekend. 🙂 ♥


  4. Edie Chase says:

    Hopefully it was just a low sugar attack and not another stroke. Sending prayers.

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  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Glad David is back home and feeling better. So scary! It’s wonderful that the paramedics were there quickly, and that that his treatments helped relieve his symptoms. ❤

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    • Thank you, Barbara. It was a very scary day that, thank goodness, had a good ending. To try to avoid this in the future, I am going to try to get him to eat something every 4 hours. That will mean interrupted sleep for him (and me) but that is way better than his sugar levels crashing like that.
      Thanks again. Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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  6. This must have been scary. Will continue to pray for both of you.

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  7. catladymac says:

    How distressing for all concerned. Our prayers are continuing.

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  8. Crystal says:

    Sorry he can’t remember from one day to the next. Like you, I too also have troubles remembering from one day to next. Heck I can’t even remember what day and month it is. LOL

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    • Thank you. 🙂

      haha That is us on a normal day, too! We don’t usually have to go anywhere, so there’s no real need to know what day it is. We can look at our phones or computers if it is something we really need to know. I’m glad that we don’t have to depend on our brains for that these days!

      Have a blessed weekend. 🙂


  9. Invisibly Me says:

    Oh goodness, that must have been so scary. I’m glad the ambulance arrived and things were stabilised. Thoughts, prayers and the best of wishes to David and you all xxxx

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    • Thank you for the prayers. Yes, it was very scary. It happened again Thursday, at an even lower blood sugar (39) but I was able to get him stabilized again without involving an ambulance. Heavenly Father definitely has His hand over him.
      Thank you again. Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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