Well, yesterday was my wedding anniversary to my lovely husband (note: we've been together for a hundred lifetimes, opted for a shot-gun wedding when we found out we were pregnant!), but I was not able to spend it celebrating with him as I was in the hospital - grrr.
I have been T1 on MDI for nearly 15 years and I had NEVER mixed up my insulins (I keep them separately out of fear) until last night; my BGs were slightly elevated so I needed to correct, it happened to be at the time I take my nightly does of Lantus, and it wasn't until I was done injecting that I realized, 'CRAP! That's a burgundy cap on that vial!' and into the bloodstream was 23 units of Humalog (more than I would take in almost 2 days).
So...what to do? Well, I hopped on to TuD and realized this has happened to plenty of folks before me and I read like mad; at the same time my husband was on the phone with Telehealth (with live in Ontario, Canada) trying to find out what their suggestions were (I do not have a Glucagon in the house, we have no medical coverage or income at the moment, and was unsure if you needed a prescription or not...still do not know the answer to that!). As usual, the suggested I go to the ER. Well, I had to cab it, because our toddler was asleep and my hubby needed to stay with him. Alas, I arrive, explain my situation, and the triage nurse rushes me into an ER exam room - they do all the initial stuff, it is a very fast and thorough 15 minutes - and there I stayed, checking my own BGs every 10-15 minutes, while a nurse would come and check every hour; my BGs were stable the entire time (I guzzled OJ and snacked as soon as I realized my mistake!) and after sitting there alone without seeing a doctor in over 4 hours, I was ready to go home. They did not feel this was a good idea, as they were worried I would spike (obvious event to have happen after such an error and no Lantus) and felt I should stay and go on another drip - no thanks, this is not how I envisioned my first night away from my wee one. Anyways, I asked to see the doctor, they told me it wold be hours, I told them it had been hours (and I'd managed pretty well on my own)...well, this is where it went down hill. The nurse informed me that I was in the ER and it isn't a fast process (duh!), she then told me that I would have to sign to leave against medical consent (all the while growing more pleasant and patronizing) and I said, thank you, that's what I would like to do - the situation was stressing me out which would also cause my BGs to rise - and then she implied I was unable to properly care for myself (she actually said, well why are you here? I said, because I mixed up my insulins; her response, well, see it is clear you are having trouble), and ferociously ripped out my IV line upon me signing the form to leave and told me to get out!
Anyways, after 5+ hours of self-care at the hospital I was finally home and in my bed, and able to wake up 2.5 hours later with my wee one (because that's all that matters!), with slightly elevated BGs.
Should there ever be a next time, I will think long and hard about going to the ER, because I honestly think it made things just that much worse!