Almost Died From A Hypoglycemic Seizure

This happened a couple years back, in 2007 or 2008, when I was 16 or 17. I've been a type 1 diabetic since the age of 5. I went to see my endocrinologist and she gave me disappointing results of a high A1C. (ideal A1C range is anywhere from 6-7 for a diabetic) I had an A1C of 8.2. Around this time, I had gotten my driver's license. My father had threatened to take away my license if my A1C didn't drastically improve. From that point on, I was hyper-vigilant about what I ate, how much insulin I gave myself, etc. One night, before going to sleep, I was concerned that I hadn't given myself enough insulin to cover what I had for dinner. So I chose to give myself an additional 10-15 units of humalog. (one of the medications I use; the other is called Lantus) Around 3 in the morning, I felt a bit shaky, so I tried to get up and go downstairs to get something to eat or drink. I ended up collapsing on the floor of my bedroom as soon as I got up. I began convulsing violently and as I fell to the floor, I was unaware that I was bleeding out of my mouth (I had bit the inside of my mouth from shaking so violently). My sister, hearing the noise, immediately came to my room and called 911. From that point on, I had lost consciousness completely. When the paramedics arrived, they spent at least half an hour to an hour trying to revive me. During this time, I had no pulse, heartbeat and wasn't breathing. The paramedics had to tell my mother I might not make it. She was crying hysterically when they told her this. They finally put me on a stretcher and took me to the ER as quickly as they possibly could. Halfway to the hospital, I finally regained consciousness, but began vomiting, perhaps due to shock. I woke up a few hours later around 9 A.M. in the morning in a hospital bed. I had absolutely no recollection of losing consciousness. Looking back on this, years later, at the age of 21, I realize how careless I had been. It was quite probably one of the most traumatic experiences in my life.
ThatGuy1991 ThatGuy1991
26-30, M
2 Responses Dec 5, 2012

My dads a type 2 but he never seems like it ever affects him but he wasn't born with it he just got it from eating bad or maybe because for a couple years he was a a REALLY heavy smoker but in 2001 before I was even born he had a heart attack and probally would of died but now this actually happened he prayed to god while he was dying from it if he let him live that he would stop smoking cold turkey and he lived and he stopped by the way can smoking cause diabetes e and half his heart is dead from the attack but he seems fine and I know it's thanks to god P.S my family is Christian

That's scary!:( my daughter is type 1 and her last a1c was 8.4. I wasn't very happy about it but her doctor didn't seem too concerned. I fear this kind of stuff happening the older she gets. She is amost 13 and does a lot herself. Sometimes I don't think she completely gets it and that scares me. :(

Sorry for the delayed reply. Your daughter is still quite young and has more time to get her blood sugar levels under control. 8.4 might not be the most ideal A1C, but it can easily be improved with more vigilant monitoring of blood sugars and just paying more attention to any potential symptoms of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). I've had significantly higher A1Cs before. I once had an A1C around 9.2. As I said, I am in my early 20s and this is the time when complications of uncontrolled diabetes begin to show. I have to worry about my eyes, limbs, etc. But so long as your daughter keeps her blood sugar under good control over the next few years, it is unlikely that she will have to worry about these things. Just focus on the present and don't think about what might happen in the future or what you could have done. Your support for your daughter is what matters most.