Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mark is home from the hospital

I am behind in posting an up date, but this all happened last Tuesday night 12/16/08

Mark was able to get out of the hospital late Sunday night. We both have been exhausted, worried, scared and trying to figure out a schedule for all his shots. Here's the post I wrote the other day.

Mark is doing fine now praise the LORD. This past Tuesday night 12/16/08 I got very concerned about Mark. He had been sleeping allot, losing weight rapidly, drinking so much fluid that Mark was to full to eat @ times. I made him a gallon of tea before I made his dinner Tuesday night. Within 3 hours he had the gallon of tea just about gone!

So I asked Mark to let me check his sugar. he said no as he felt fine. I asked Mark again to just appease me & let me check his sugar. So I did. His sugar was over 500 on my machine! I re-checked his sugar and and got the same exact numbers. Our daughter Brittany & I took him straight to the hospital.

He gave a urine sample so that the Drs. could get a better number. They did...they come back with the numbers at 649!!! They slapped him right into the hospital ASAP. He was considered "newly diagnosed." Diabetic type 2. So we got him set up in the hospital room and the Dr's. all started working on him and starting insulin. Mark was very sick. Our Dr. has been practicing medicine for 50 years now-and he told Mark that he has never seen anyone with that high of a sugar reading without going into a coma. I really got scared then.

But the Dr's. & nurses were amazing and so patient and helpful. Well, over the next 5 days they worked on getting Mark to a safe level for his sugar.

In 4 days they were able to drop the sugar by 400 points. Slowly of course.
We had the diabetes coordinator come talk with Mark and she helped him with a lot of his worries and questions. Well, late last "Sunday" night they 12/21/08 discharged Mark out of the hospital.

I took Mark to to walmart & I got Mark his own machine and all his supplies to check his sugar. that go with it.

Then we got His Lantus SolorStar insulin pen, and his Novalong insulin pen that he will take before each meal. Plus he's on Actos 15 mg once a day to also help control his sugar. His Lantus Mark he gets once a day right before bedtime-35 units. The Novalog is on a sliding scale. The amount of units I give Mark is decided by me checking Mark's sugar right before he eats his 3 meals a day.

We are happy to be home yet scared at the same time.
I too am type 2 diabetic and I also take the Lantus Solostar insulin pen, plus meds. But as high as Mark's sugar got I really need to get serious about how I take care of myself and my diabetes! So that I can help Mark become better with his. While Mark was in the hospital, they did a lot of blood work. His Dr. said Mark's A1C is 12.6! A good A1C for a diabetic is 6.2 So we are going to work hard to get him to a safe level.

I am just trying to stay one step ahead of it all, and to make sure I feed mark & myself the right foods and portions. Our families have all been so supportive and helpful. Thank you LORD for families!

Okay-this is going to start looking like a letter lol. So I'll close for now.
BTW I have not been home since Tuesday night, so I know I have missed allot of every ones posting. If something critical happened or someone needed prayer please send them to me via e-mail: ladymagnolia1963@...

Love, HUGS & Blessings to all of you and your families Ü.



Missie said...

Thank goodness Mark is okay! I'll keep him in my prayers.

Tina said...

oh my Donna! this is awful! thank goodness you recognized the signs and knew to push on testing him!!!!
take care dear and have a Merry Christmas!!!!!

Sybil said...

Dear Donna, I was so pleased to see your entry today I had become worried at lack of news. Gla dthat Mark has now got the diabetis under control..Thank goodness that you realised something was up....and that the hospital has got everything sorted out.
Take care both of you X

Have a lovely Christmas and I pray that 2009 will be full of hapy healthy days for you all.
Much Love Sybil xx

LYN said...

wow..scary stuff..you know how bad those numbers are...holy moly...

wishing you and mark all the best on this latest set back....

merry Christmas!!

Yasmin said...

Glad to hear Mark is doing better and is home.

Merry christmas to you and your Family


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