The thing is we know what needs to happen but we can't control what happens at the ER. Having a wife that is eight months pregnant and heading to the ER at 3am meant I was flying solo. No problem, I fully trust everyone at a hospital and believe I will be in good hands. That was not the case, the nurse started to lecture me about my diabetes and how my blood sugar is high because my body is fighting an infection. I know all this and cut her off, I explained my profession and diabetes history and how I probably know more about my body than I should. Well that set the tone, I demanded a bag of fluids and a flu swab. That was done and the doctor would come in and said that the flu swab was negative and that the cold will run its course and I'll be good.
That was on Wednesday, Monday I would return to a walk in clinic that is run by a much better hospital and one that Kate worked at. I should've done that in the first place but figured an ER would be better than a walk in. Anyway they ran every imaginable test on me that they could. From a hydration test to a swab for strep, it was all done and done with professionalism. They did a number of blood sugar tests, urine and blood tests. This time as I left I was given medication and in twenty four hours have gotten a lot better.
I will be back to running this weekend while in NYC for some family fun. As always make sure to speak up when you are seeing any medical professional. Living with diabetes teaches us more about our health than a lot of people. know about us.