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Posted: Mon 27 Mar 2017 @ 22:32 by Keith Lamb

Sorry I messed up on this.  I'll try again:Can anybody please help me.  I am the 65 year old  husband of a lovely 61 year old lady who does not want to worry me over her diabetes. She is type one, on insulin injections 5 times a day. She does try to manage her diabetes but has had several hypo's recently. (She does see her diabetic nurse but that doesn't help educate me in any way).  The last one left me in a bit of a panic.  We were on holiday and I was actually recovering from surgery and could not drive (legally).  I had to drive home!  Anyway, I needed to get her to where she felt safe so that was my priority. I did give her a drink of sweet tea and a mars bar.  As well as her dextrose sweets/tablets. I need to be more confident in what to do so as to reassure her too.  She is my absolute priority so PLEASE can anybody point me in the direction of some sort of course/education so that I can help her.  I tried a while ago but then got complacent.  BIG mistake.   Any advice or help would be appreciated so much. I'm not asking for myself, I just want to help a most wonderful woman.Thank you so much for reading this.  Kind regards, Keith

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Posted: Mon 27 Mar 2017 @ 22:41 by

Hi Keith
I'm a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump, but previously to that I was on several injections a day like your wife. Firstly may I ask how long your wife has been diagnosed for, and whether she has been offered/or attended any courses recently?
I'm hearing two things from your post, and I just want to check whether these are what you would like to address. First I sense your anxiety about your wife's hypos and the way that you might handle any future ones? Secondly are you looking for a course for yourself or both of you as a couple?
Kind regardsKirsty

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Posted: Tue 28 Mar 2017 @ 09:14 by Paula Green

Hi


Did you know if you have any questions like this we have a helpline open Monday through to Friday 9am until 5pm where our staff can confidentially discuss your questions such as these and give you advice on what to do in the future?  We are the National Charity that supports people and their families with Diabetes.  Call 0345 1232399.  If you would like me to send you a booklet on diabetes then please email me your address to paula.maddison-green@diabetes.org.uk

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Posted: Tue 28 Mar 2017 @ 10:21 by Keith Lamb

Thanks for replies.  What I am really hoping for is some sort of basic 'training' in how to deal with any future hypo's she suffers.  I gave her a cup of sweet tea and encouraged her to have a bar of chocolate.  She recovered slowly.  I also struggled with the finger prick machine (sorry, that's how we describe it) as I was, to be honest, in a bit of a panic as she was hardly responding. I really need a confidence boost I think.  I was on the verge of calling for a ambulance but I realise I can't call 999 everytime she has a hypo. A problem is that she doesn't like to worry us and likes to keep things to herself.  I really do appreciate you both replying to me. 

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Posted: Tue 28 Mar 2017 @ 10:21 by Keith Lamb

Thanks for replies.  What I am really hoping for is some sort of basic 'training' in how to deal with any future hypo's she suffers.  I gave her a cup of sweet tea and encouraged her to have a bar of chocolate.  She recovered slowly.  I also struggled with the finger prick machine (sorry, that's how we describe it) as I was, to be honest, in a bit of a panic as she was hardly responding. I really need a confidence boost I think.  I was on the verge of calling for a ambulance but I realise I can't call 999 everytime she has a hypo. A problem is that she doesn't like to worry us and likes to keep things to herself.  I really do appreciate you both replying to me. 

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Posted: Tue 28 Mar 2017 @ 10:22 by Keith Lamb

Thanks for replies.  What I am really hoping for is some sort of basic 'training' in how to deal with any future hypo's she suffers.  I gave her a cup of sweet tea and encouraged her to have a bar of chocolate.  She recovered slowly.  I also struggled with the finger prick machine (sorry, that's how we describe it) as I was, to be honest, in a bit of a panic as she was hardly responding. I really need a confidence boost I think.  I was on the verge of calling for a ambulance but I realise I can't call 999 everytime she has a hypo. A problem is that she doesn't like to worry us and likes to keep things to herself.  I really do appreciate you both replying to me. 

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Posted: Tue 28 Mar 2017 @ 10:22 by Keith Lamb

Thanks for replies.  What I am really hoping for is some sort of basic 'training' in how to deal with any future hypo's she suffers.  I gave her a cup of sweet tea and encouraged her to have a bar of chocolate.  She recovered slowly.  I also struggled with the finger prick machine (sorry, that's how we describe it) as I was, to be honest, in a bit of a panic as she was hardly responding. I really need a confidence boost I think.  I was on the verge of calling for a ambulance but I realise I can't call 999 everytime she has a hypo. A problem is that she doesn't like to worry us and likes to keep things to herself.  I really do appreciate you both replying to me. 

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Posted: Tue 28 Mar 2017 @ 10:28 by Paula Green

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Complications/Hypos-Hypers/

Here is a link to our great website and some very practical advice about treating hypos for you Keith.  Hope this helps you?


Kind regards


Paula Maddison-Green

Diabetes UK

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Posted: Tue 28 Mar 2017 @ 10:51 by Louise Reay

Hi hope this helps a little, if and when I have a hypo the quickest thing I find to help me recover is jelly babies. I have had diabetes for 27 years so I have tried plenty of different sweet sugary things and jelly babies are the quickest things that put my blood sugars back up.

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Posted: Tue 28 Mar 2017 @ 10:53 by Louise Reay

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