Daily Prompt: Take Care
by michelle w. on June 11, 2013
When you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?
I’m the type that just wants to be left alone when I’m not feeling well. I have to be very, very sick before I will ask for help.
Case in Point:
About 4 years ago, I started feeling nauseous and eventually vomiting. I felt like I had a bad kidney infection, similar to one years earlier. I often became unwell with urinary tract infections and bladder infections, so I didn’t think anything about it. I started drinking cranberry juice and hot lemon juice. It wasn’t long until I was only able to drink Gatorade. I couldn’t sleep and eventually couldn’t drink or eat anything without vomiting. At this point, I was so weak and could barely hold my head up. That’s when I asked for help. My husband took me to our family doctor. My husband and I, both thought I had a kidney infection.
After a check of my urine, the doctor came back in and said, “I’m surprised that you are not in a coma. Your urine showed very high ketones, 865”. I just looked at him dumbly because I didn’t know what he was talking about. “You are a Diabetic, Mrs. Mauldin,” he said, “I’m sending you over to the hospital right now.”
I was in the hospital for about a week and was finally released on Christmas Day, with a blood sugar of 200. I learned a lot about Diabetes during that week in the hospital; how to eat, what to eat, when to eat, what my blood sugar should be, how to give myself insulin shots, how to test my blood sugar, and more.
I have to be very, very sick to ask for help.
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