A friend of mine went on a trip, and left her Type 2 husband at home. She called him every day to make sure he was OK, and he got quite irritated with her for doing that. Then, a couple of weeks ago, she called him on Friday, and he continued to say he was doing fine, but when she arrived home on Sunday, he wasn’t at the airport to get her, so she called a friend, who took her home. They found him face down on the bed, unresponsive.
Of course, they rushed him to the ER, and his BG was 1400. They put him in the ICU on dialysis, and he lingered for 3 weeks, but finally died last week.
Don’t let ANYONE ever tell you that Type 2 is the MILD diabetes, or that you can just pop a pill and forget about it. Type 2 can KILL.
The sad part is that as this man’s BGs were going up, his brain was getting increasingly foggy, and he probably really DID think he was doing OK. Maple syrup for blood causes the brain to function like in dementia, and the person is no longer capable of clear thinking or judgment. If no one is around, or is sufficiently alert to notice behavior changes, the person is SOL.
I am so sad to hear of this totally unnecessary death, and my heart goes out to the widow in her grief. She’s probably being tortured by thoughts of “what if…”, and yet there is truly nothing she could have done about it – she didn’t know what was going to happen when she went away.
And if you have Type 2, or know someone who has it, don’t get complacent. Diabetes of either type is a serious, lethal disease.