It can save your life
Thursday, February 18, 2016
I notice that Spark People is advertising a medical alert service. Here is my experience. I am a brittle diabetic, meaning my blood sugar goes up and down more than it should. One evening last month I did my normal blood sugar check, took the normal insulin, and went to bed, but because of insomnia I got up and went into the living room, where I read, played computer solitaire, and watched the Weather Channel. I turned off the television and laid down on the couch at about 6 AM. The next thing I knew, it was 1:30 PM and I was in an ambulance with 3 paramedics working on me. My blood sugar was 30.
They took me to the hospital where they monitored my food and insulin; nonetheless, next morning my blood sugar was 60. I ate all the carb the diet kitchen would give me, but next morning my blood sugar was so low they put glucose in my IV.
The low was something that couldn't have been anticipated. I do not remember pressing the medial alert button, but obviously I did. If I had not, I would have died. That's not being melodramatic it's just the truth. The paramedics got into the house because I have a front door key in a key safe and the medical alert people know the combination. I am OK now, but I test 5 or 6 times a day.
The point of this long blog is:
IF YOU LIVE ALONE, GET A MEDICAL ALERT SERVCE. Yes, I was shouting. But you don't know what may happen. Be safe.