Friday, January 4, 2013

Days like these..

I am going to raise a little awareness today about diabetes  Last night was just a normal night. We went to bed at about 10:00. I dozed off after watching a little bit of a movie. At about 2:30 a.m. I was awoken by jerking in the bed. This is not my first time dealing with this. Matt was pouring sweat. I woke him and asked if his sugar was low, he reply, "no". I thought that since he was answering me maybe he was just having a bad dream. So I laid in bed for a few minutes to see if his jerking continued and it did. I got the blood sugar monitor out and checked his sugar, it was 51.  I tried waking him, but he was getting so aggravated  When his sugar bottoms out, he is out of his mind. He has no idea what he is doing. Just a few weeks ago we had this same little incident but I was able to sweet talk him into drinking a coke and in about 2 minutes he was fine, but this time however was different. I calmly went and fixed him a glass of tea to try to get him to drink it. He was laying on his side so I couldn't pull him up where I could hold a cup up to his mouth. He fussed and fussed as I tried my best to get him up to drink, but he was too hard headed. He kept yelling "I'm not sleepy". I begged, I pleaded, I cried, nothing worked. After about 15 mins. I called 911 because if his sugar got any lower he could go into a coma. They brought officers out because like I said when his sugar drops, he is completely out of his mind. The first time it ever happened I accused him of being on drugs, because when it bottoms out you stagger like a drunk and you talk crazy. They were out in what seemed like hours. I know it was much shorter than that but when you are worried it seems like time stops.

An officer arrived first. He came into our room to try to talk to him, it was of no use. Finally the EMT's got there and when they checked his sugar it had dropped to 48. They couldn't get the gurney in the door so they rolled him onto a sheet and carried him out. They carried him in a sheet in his underwear in the freezing cold. He had no idea what was going on. He was out. After they got him into the ambulance they started an IV glucose. Within minutes his was fine. I was calling everyone I knew to come sit with the kids so I could go to the hospital.  My mother-in-law, Vicky and father-in-law, Sammy came. Sammy stayed at home with the kids, because they were still asleep. Which is amazing since 2 EMT's and 2 officers came through Xavier's room carrying Matt in a sheet. By the time we got to the hospital, he was fine and they were ready to release him. When I left home I didn't even think to bring him some clothes when I headed to the hospital. We ran and got him some clothes and we were home by 4:15 a.m.

I don't know if people know how serious diabetes is. He was fine one minute and headed to the hospital in a ambulance the next. It is a scary thing because since he is young you really don't see the sickness until something like this happens. He was diagnosed with diabetes not long before him and I met and we have been together for over 7 years. He has been in the hospital deathly sick about 3 times. We have had 3 incidents like this since. That don't seem like that much, but when it does happen it is deadly. Sometimes I think we forget that he is sick because you can't see it. Yes, he takes shots twice a day, but that seems like so much part of our life, almost like brushing your teeth.  But it is days like today, that I remember and it scares the hell out of me. It is days like this that makes me wonder, how long will we have him here? He is so young, but so sick and you don't realize it until days like these. I need you to pray for him. Pray that he can get his sugar under control. Pray that we can remember that everyday he is sick, and not just days like this.