Don’t Take Life For Granted.

WOW, does this meme hold extra meaning for me!

Just a few days ago, I thought I was going to check out of this world.

I started out the day being hyperglycemic with a fasting blood sugar reading of 190 mg/dL. Wanting to lower my blood sugar to a much more acceptable level, I took my diabetic medication and skipped breakfast. I also ate very little for lunch, just about 6 chicken nuggets, in my anxiety-ridden attempt to normalize my blood glucose level.

After lunch, my wife, Judy, and I took a pre-arranged road trip an hour north from Toledo, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan for a complimentary stay with reservations at a casino hotel.

Still wary of my high glucose readings early in the morning, I ate a late afternoon dinner in the room having a sandwich made from SPAM® Oven Roasted Turkey along with two smoked oysters on two tortilla chips.

That evening around sunset, there was a knock at the hotel room door. I opened the door and was greeted by the hotel manager, hotel security persons, and other hotel staff. I was told they needed to search the room because the previous hotel guest had reportedly left something in the room that needed to be retrieved, if it was still there. Once in the room, they went to a night stand drawer and immediately found that which they sought. I was informed that the police had to be summoned to confiscate it.

Meanwhile, as these events were unfolding, and as the police actually arrived, I could feel the terrible effects of my blood sugar dropping to a very, very low level. I actually became hypoglycemic and told the hotel staff.

Quick action was taken by them! In the blink of an eye, orange juice was obtained to quickly elevate my blood sugar; and, a paramedic was there to assist, if need be. They stayed there until I told them that I thought I would be okay. I did not feel all that great, but just wanted them to all go away.

Well, needless to say, with all this happening, it changed all the plans to which Judy and I had looked forward as part of our little getaway. After a terrible night of me feeling uneasy due to worriedness and of sleeplessness, we cancelled all our plans and returned home after I felt well enough to travel. What was going to be an enjoyable little trip, after all the medical appointments and my surgery that have kept us at home since mid-January, turned out to be a nightmare.

All our plans changed that quick! Well, at least I am still alive; and, both Judy and I are doing as well as can be expected given the circumstances of our increasing age and declining health.

Now then, go back and read that meme again.


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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2 Responses to Don’t Take Life For Granted.

  1. cwmartin13 says:

    One thing is, never get too upset by these levels. Granted 190 is a bit high, but nothing a brisk walk and your meds won’t help. Just keep an eye on it for a few hours every half-hour or so. You aren’t on insulin, are you? I’ve found even a 1/2 mile walk will take 40-50 points off. Your body will tell you when you’re overdoing, and you have to listen. Anxiety and drama don’t help either, so stay away from my poli posts when you’re peaking, lol! Just remember God has the hairs on your head numbered (betting it’s higher than mine, and if you let Him, He’ll keep an eye on you as well.

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