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.