Two ER visits within two days, thanks to a severe low blood sugar and then non-budging high blood sugars.
Both are enough to make anyone with diabetes cringe. But then there’s the fact that these experiences themselves highlighted how the urgent care establishment is ill-equipped to deal with diabetes.
I’ve long believed that we PWDs (people with diabetes) aren’t going to get quality care in the emergency room if we end up there. From the Diabetes Community stories I’ve heard, opinions of medical professionals in the diabetes world, and my own experiences visiting ERs on a few occasions through my life, that is what I have come to believe.
Sure, it may be more sarcastic than serious to say “the ER is trying to kill me,” but there’s certainly some real-world trauma weaved into that comment. The recent dual ER visits that my mom experienced reaffirm this, and I just want to share this story as a way to call out for whatever change can hopefully materialize …
I’m not happy with what happened in the ER relating to my mom last week. But more than that, it scares me that this type of thing could happen to any of us.
Many of us have stories about the challenges, fears, dangers and frustrations of having diabetes in the hospital. Share yours below, and some ideas (if you have them) about how to improve the care of PWD during hospital stays.