Have You Ever Fallen Into a Diabetic Coma?

 

PGen98

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Hey there, fellow diabetics. Here's another for you -- have you ever fallen into a diabetic coma?

I've only had it happen to me once, fortunately, and it was when I was 13/14. I remember waking up that morning, and then I just couldn't get my legs under me when I stood up, so I remember falling to the ground and then nothing, and then apparently I woke up about an hour before I actually "came to," because when I actually came around it was a full 2 days later (this is uncommon, most comas last until sugars are regulated again, but something in me just would not come around), and apparently I asked for a McDonald's muffin when I first came around, because when I was fully me again, I remember waking up in hospital and just randomly had a McDonald's breakfast muffin in my hand. It was the strangest situation to me.

I felt awful, because I found out later that my sister had to go running around our neighborhood to find a phone to call for an ambulance, it was 6 in the morning, so people are obviously wary of answering their door, and this was just after we'd moved into a new house, so she's running around frantically looking for a phone, waking up neighbors who won't answer the door, finally finds one, and of course when the ambulance turns up my family get to meet the whole neighborhood as everyone comes out to see what's going on. Guess I was a good "hello there, neighbors!" tool, at least. But it can't have been fun for my sister having to run around the neighborhood not knowing what had happened to me while my mother was trying to wake me. The ambulance crew were apparently amazing, got me stabilized and into the ambulance in a matter of seconds and my sugars had, apparently, stabilized enough that I should've been ok within about 20 minutes, but...for whatever reason, it took another two days before I finally came around. Scary stuff.

Anyone else ever fallen into a diabetic coma?
 

Lee

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Community Leader
I have not but a friend of my wife used to quite frequently become un-conscious due to diabetes, so I have witnessed this before.

It is pretty scary to watch, so I can't imagine what it is like to experience.
 

PGen98

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I think it's probably scarier to witness than to experience, except for that disorientation afterwards. I remember the feeling before going down, and it was awful, like you're trapped inside a body that doesn't work, and then you're out...but then there's nothing until you come back around. So for me, I'd wager it's probably a lot scarier to witness someone go down. Granted, fortunately, I have yet to be on the other side of a collapse like that.
 

Foxy

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I have nodded off many times without realizing it, much like someone with narcolepsy and I know it's due to my blood sugars being off kilter. I couldn't say if any of those longer periods of being out of it were brief lapses into a coma. I live alone with no one to call for help if I did have an experience like you did @PGen98
 

PGen98

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I have nodded off many times without realizing it, much like someone with narcolepsy and I know it's due to my blood sugars being off kilter. I couldn't say if any of those longer periods of being out of it were brief lapses into a coma. I live alone with no one to call for help if I did have an experience like you did @PGen98
It's definitely a possibility, it's why I don't travel anywhere without something like lifesavers or glucose tabs handy in my pocket. If I feel myself dropping, I give myself a couple of tabs or a couple of lifesavers, but yeah, it is certainly possible you've fallen into a diabetic coma and not known it!
 

Catsmother

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Don’t want to scare anyone but my brother died from diabetes, he was only 39. he was forever going into hypo’s.
 

PGen98

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Don’t want to scare anyone but my brother died from diabetes, he was only 39. he was forever going into hypo’s.
It's extremely scary when you keep going hypoglycemic, I can only imagine how that had to have felt for him. I'm so sorry you lost him! 🤗
 
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