Diabetes and Peritoneal Dialysis
Monday, June 17, 2013
My husband had horrible dizziness when I was hospitalized. He had to hold onto the wall or grab furniture. His oral diabetes meds were not functioning properly. In addition he was using dextrose solutions for peritoneal dialysis.
His doctors immediately went into action. He has to take both standing and sitting blood pressures. Most people drop about 20 points going from sitting BP to standing BP. He was dropping 30 to 40 points.
I started to give him insulin shots at night. We began at 6 units and increased every 2 evenings by 2 units. We found that when he was on 2.5% dextrose solution he needed 38 units of insulin to keep under control. We are still working on the 4.5% bag mixed with the 2.5% bag. We think it will be in the 44-48 range.
His nephrologist changed more meds. We respect her decision about the blood pressure meds and their effect on his kidney function.
I worried so much ahead of time. I was concerned that Bob could do this type of dialysis. I prayed and held positive thoughts. I felt God was with me. I am deeply grateful for the strength and courage that God gave me.