Diabetic coma - anyone else experienced this?

Posted by ginni1938 @ginni1938, Apr 6, 2017

My husband has had diabetes sicehewasin his 50s. He developed Pancrestis and almost died. A cyst resulted in his panaceas so he was operated on and developed diabetes a few months later. He had been doing well and his levels were getting perfect. He recently was in an accident and has severe back pain. He had a cortisone shot last week Tuesday and his sugar levels started rising. He knew they would go up and he took extra insulin. Sat morning he went into a diabetic coma. So scary. He was released from hospital Monday this week. His sugars have come down but are not perfect yet. His doctor has him taking 5 more lantus. Anyone out there who has had. A diabetic coma and knows ther course of treatment and how long it takes to have normal sugars

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Hi Ginni, welcomet to Connect.
I’d like to introduce you to fellow members @cindi819 @spinxs1987 @jjdonahue42 @ankie @gman007 and @iman_im, who may be able to relate to your husband’s experience of changing sugar levels and going into a diabetic coma. I can’t imagine how scary that must have been for you and for him.

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How is your husband doing now? How are you??


I am still very stressed because my husbands sugars have not completely gone back to normal. I call his doctor every day and he is adjusting his insulin. It was a very scary episode. He was out almost 10 minutes until the ambulance came. Thank God he was still breathing. His mothers birthday ( his mother passed but he saw her every day till she died) was Sunday and he had the episode Saturday morning. I kept saying Please don’t die on me, I need you to cook for me. I believe his mother is his Guardian Angel. The sugars are getting better so I guess it will take a little time until he is back to having a good sugar level. We were just getting his A1C level down to 7. Thanks for the concern. Ginny LaBella


Welcome Ginni,
I have never experienced what your husband and yourself have been through, although I have had some dangerous lows. I take Toujeo for long-term blood sugar control and Humalog for fast acting. The Toujeo will not alone cause very many lows – most of my low or lowish measurements occur because I have not properly estimated my activity/exercise level and then not replaced enough carbs. I don’t know how long your husband has had diabetes, but mine ocurred in much the same way. Following a few acute pancreatitis attacks, I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and had to take metformin and then had a tumor inside my pancreas (benign) and had a distal pancreatectomy or, the tail section removed where more than half of your insulin producing cells are and after that, I began insulin treatment. My endocrinologist prescribed a glucagon pen that is supposed to snap you out of a diabetic coma – it functions much like an epi-pen. You pop it out of it’s case and then the pen is pretty self explanatory. I keep mine in a portion of my cooler where it will not get above room temp and I let my playing companions know where it is a little teach on what to do if I pass out and them calling 911. I hope he never has another low that causes that awful scare, but he should have a glucagon pen to keep with him. I hope y’all will soon be seeing numbers that you feel better about.


Was the “diabetic coma” hyperglycemia (too high a blood sugar) or hypoglycemia (too low a blood sugar)? Sometimes the symptoms are similar. Both are scary. You said an ambulance came. I assume the responders checked and treated your husband appropriately. I’ve had diabetes for 40+ years and have experienced both. Do you use a glucometer? Your medical team can help you get comfortable using one plus recognizing/treating highs and lows. They should also instruct you and monitor any insulin adjustments you make depending on your husband’s personal medical history and situation. Finding the right balance can be a rollercoaster ride. Gary’s suggestion of a glucagon prescription is great and can be a lifesaver in the instance of a low blood sugar. My hope and prayer for you is that things even out soon.

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