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Worst place....

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Debloubed, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. mangobe

    mangobe Type 1 · Active Member

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    Re the pleasurableness of hypos what I meant to say was that some of the insights I’ve had while hypo have seemed so clear, vital even - real meaning of life stuff - focussing on what is essential or valuable in this life as a corollary of the realization that still being alive is hugely fortunate. Survival stripped to its essence in a way. Sadly it’s not been that easy to regain those insights after recovering.
    ;)
     
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  2. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    I have that sensation myself -- i come up with amazing inventions and my clarity and insight seem totally heightened at levels between 1.4 -1.8
    but sadly I too cannot connect with those thoughts post hypo

    in fact I often think I feel at my very best when below 4 ( although i do try to avoid it )
     
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  3. Debloubed

    Debloubed Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @mangobe, if it helps, I had the Accuchek pump for 3 years complete with tubes and the honestly don't get in the way as much as you might think! I used the shortest tube, infusion set went in my tummy and pump went into my bra! I have an omnipid now but would have a separate cgm or change to the paradigm veo pump/ cgm system to avoid the lack of symptoms and lows. But I guess you have to do what is right for you! Please keep me posted if you decide to try a cgm or a pump :) xx
     
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  4. mangobe

    mangobe Type 1 · Active Member

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    Thanks @Debloubed, I'm not scheduled to have another check up with my consultant til year end so hopefully will have made up my mind to try something new by then (unless more new and exciting wire free tiny gadgets are on the horizon to distract me - a perennial problem for procrastinators! ;)
     
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    was at my check up ,realised as nurse called me in I felt odd,looked at my watch,missed lunch.felt hot, sweating thought god get me out of here, nurse turned looked at me said I didn't look very well.took my blood sugar, she said she had never seen anyone having a hypo,she was diabetic nurse at my gp practice. she got me lucasade, made me sit in waiting room with reception lady.had a gp check up next week , when diabetic gp told me I couldn't of had a hypo ....,of well they know best, keep sweets in bag from now on
     
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  6. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A friend at Uni had hypos riding her Honda 400. Frequently. She said she would tune out, then regain consciousness still riding the bike.

    She can not be named, for legal reasons. :)
     
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  7. Richard F

    Richard F Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to be a car salesman, I've had hypos while out on demo with customers. I've always been discrete and taken a hypo stop, I don't want to panic them.

    The worst is when I've gone into a fit and damaged myself, quite a while ago now.

    More recently I had a hypo while out dog walking, from the state of me afterwards I recon I collapsed in a stream. I remember "going" and where I was at the time but have no recollection of waking up. I found myself 1/2 mile away soaked to the skin and covered in mud. My phone had died in the soaking and I managed to fracture (compression) 3 of my vertebrae.
     
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    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Grim.
     
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    monkehwife Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My worst place to hypo has to be the soft play centre when I'm running around with my 18 month old
     
  10. mangobe

    mangobe Type 1 · Active Member

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    Yes, could be high on the embarrassment scale, but also one of the best places on the safety scale, considering the help you'd get from the attention of other concerned parents and the security of a nice soft padded place to collapse.
     
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    Spencer67 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Too right... we are more important than the next meeting or the urgent angry client phone call that only serves to put your stress levels up and at the same time the length of the hypo. make 'em wait and teach them a little about diabetes awareness.
     
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    -Artemis- Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I just had one bang in the middle of a well known department store... Had to sit in the middle of the floor, in the middle of the shop, stuffing glucose tabs into myself whilst simultaneously dripping with sweat... #classy :D
     
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  13. ChrisMaleType1

    ChrisMaleType1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think my most embarrassing hypo was at King's Cross or St Pancreas station, a few years ago now. We all know about hypos affecting your ability to make decisions. I was in the main part of the station and had checked my bg, I was in definite hypo territory. For some reason I didn't have any sugar on me so I needed to find a place to buy something. I found a few shops selling things but I stupidly decided that the stuff was too expensive!! My bg was going down quite rapidly at that point and I wasn't feeling very good so I decided almost to give up!!! I sat down on the cold dirty floor just inside the glass entrance to the building, feeling a bit embarrassed of course, and tried to get some attention.

    I think a few people ignored me but I soon saw a police officer of some sort. I can't remember exactly who approached who but I ended up telling them that I wasn't drunk (being King's Cross and all) and I needed something sugary very quickly because I was diabetic. He or she kindly escorted me inside a prohibited area (!) of the building and found me a drink of coke or something. Thank you!

    Needless to say I rarely leave home now without checking I have my glucose.

    P.s. I'm not mentioning the occasions when ambulance staff have treated my hypos. They've definitely been the worst for me but they're professionals!
     
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  14. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    Better add this although not my worst

    Have had a couple while sitting in the endo waiting room
    the nurse comes over following the vampire that takes my blood for my A1c, looking all concerned wanting to give me 20 grams cho
    I of course say I am fine and will self treat with 10 cho pastilles -stand off ensues :cool:
     
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  15. mangobe

    mangobe Type 1 · Active Member

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    @chrisopher I think @AndyS mentioned Kings Cross in an earlier post (and @Flowerpot another station), & I too recall a bad hypo that ended with me sitting against a pillar or glass wall on that vast smooth floor, being attended to by a kind man in uniform. I think he was railway staff rather than police and strangely enough, considering tomorrow is Valentines day, it was the day before Valentines Day then. This well meaning guy was either genuinely trying to chat me up despite my sweaty semi-conscious state, or was trying to make me feel better about my public humiliation by telling me he still found me attractive in this state.

    He kept going on about me being there on my own when I should have a Valentine looking after me & reiterating how happy he'd be to be my Valentine. How he'd volunteer himself as he didn't have a Valentine. He even gave me chocolate to bring me round from the hypo as though it was a Valentines gift.

    As I had no idea what day it was (Valentines day wasn't as big a deal where I grew up) this was very surprising to me, and I remember being surprised also that it was a man who was taking the day so seriously, but I was in no fit state to respond appropriately. I kept thanking him for his kindness but left for home wet and shivering as soon as I'd recovered enough. How's that for a positive hypo-on-a-first-date experience @Heathenlass ?
    Happy Valentines Day to you all!
     
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  16. ChrisMaleType1

    ChrisMaleType1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @mangobe I'm in absolutely no doubt he was trying to chat you up and you shouldn't either ;) ;) Seriously though, the saying 'beware of the greeks bearing gifts' comes to mind and the guy sounds like a bit of a talker. A good dodge I'd say! I love the story though and I particularly like it when I'm tagged :) Have a great Valentine's day yourself. I hope you have something nice planned. Don't ask me what I'll be doing :/
     
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  17. mangobe

    mangobe Type 1 · Active Member

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    It's sad you managed to hurt yourself, twice, and strangely when you weren't busy doing anything particularly dangerous or violent. You must have been fitting and contorting when you fell in the river. Lucky you didn't drown though!

    I've had so very many hypos in such varied circumstances that I must be extraordinarily lucky that I've only noticed odd bruising afterwards. Nowadays I think the explanation is that I've probably stopped having fits while hypo at the same time as losing any other visible signs of hypoglycaemia altogether. In one way this is more dangerous (as nobody can see how close to losing consciousness/death I am), but on the other it means less falls and no more of the uncontrollable contortions I remember my entire body going into in earlier years.

    The 'Worst' of these might have been when I lived in a converted big old rectory in Bournemouth and had my own section of garden where I used to sunbathe. My garden had one particular area where foliage hid me from view & I knew no neighbours or other rectory residents or passersby in the street could see me if I took my bikini off, so I used to enjoy lying naked in the sun with a book.

    I spent a lot of time reading in my garden and inevitably, while lying on my back naked and sweating under the hot sun hypos could and did creep up and get me, unawares.

    Sometimes I'd come to, surprised to find myself nude outdoors in a strange position in the shade, & wonder what on earth had happened while my brain was absent & how many people had seen me. Other times I'd suddenly notice I had my hips or limbs in the air and realize I was having fits but couldn't do anything more about it than notice the strange repetitive contortions my naked body was doing, though it was now exposed in full view of any neighbours or passersby that happened to look into the garden.

    Nobody ever commented but if anyone did see me fitting away, it must have looked like the weirdest sexually incompetent self-exposure imaginable, so maybe they didn't want to tell me they'd seen the show
    Nevertheless, not knowing if I'd been seen 'contorting myself badly' spoilt my pleasure in my secret garden.
     
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  18. ChrisMaleType1

    ChrisMaleType1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @mangobe Well, that's definitely my favourite story of the lot! If you've got any more like that just send them straight to my inbox and I'll give them my undivided attention. :)

    It reminds me of one time when ambulance staff had to treat me at home. I sleep naked and I'd fallen out of bed and was writhing around on the floor. My mum found me first which was embarrassing enough but she'd only wrapped a thin sheet around me. I think the ambulance staff probably saw me in all my naked glory! Still, at least I managed to see another day.
    I really liked your earlier story when you said you were in a shop giving the shopkeeper sweets for money, that made me laugh. A classic scenario if ever there was one and one most of us can empathise with in some way. Please ask us if you need any advice on trying to get your hypo awareness back, your situation sounds very bad. I doubt we'll have any totally new suggestions for you but you never know. I used to have dreadful hypos until I went on a pump (also Imperial College).

    @Richard F, your stories of getting hurt do indeed sound terrible. I've never really hurt myself during a hypo. I hope you stay safe and well in future.

    Have a great day everyone. :)
     
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  19. Heathenlass

    Heathenlass Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think that was a sweet story, thanks for sharing it, @mangobe :)

    I suspect that if it was me in that situation, sitting on the floor , it would have been way more likely that some kind soul would be giving me the address of the local substance abuse centre or homeless shelter ;):D or if I was really lucky, a quid for a cuppa and a bun ! :rolleyes: As you may have gathered, I don't wear the damsel in distress look well :confused:

    Signy
     
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  20. Jaylee

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    Yep, somewhat like being "stoned".. I've written tunes while low.. The lyrics may have needed some sense chopped into them when back to normal mind...! Lol
     
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