FREDANNA

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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.
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  • HARTBUISNESS
    Can't push it.
    1716 days ago
  • HARTBUISNESS
    I'm a home health aide and I totally agree, however I wish there was some way to get help without having to push the button. I had a client who fell but forgot she had a button and had to lay on the floor until I came back. People also pass out and
    1716 days ago
  • ALOHALOLI76
    That's very scary. I'm glad you're ok. My husband was an EMT and always said alarm runs were always the scariest because you never knew what you were up against. Keep advocating. It can save a life!
    1716 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    And shout you should! People laugh at the woman who has fallen and couldn't get up but they have never fallen. Don't criticize a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins!

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    1716 days ago
  • WEEZIE2629
    I am a home health aid and a lot of my patients have but dont like to wear until they have that first incident were they are on the floor all night until I arrive and get them help.
    1716 days ago
  • SORTOFSASSY
    You're very fortunate! Some people think the alerts are silly but I work for ADT and I know for a fact that our alert has saved lives!
    1716 days ago
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