Not too long ago, I landed in the emergency room of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (LA). I had a mild case of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and a major confirmation of what many contend to be the truth: hospital emergency rooms are ill equipped to treat Type 1 diabetics.
Living most of my life, 48 years, in fact, with type one diabetes, I’ve had more than my fair share of related complications requiring emergency treatment, not to mention divine intervention. I’ve earned my stripes as a singing sister of the pump – in other words, I don’t conceal my type one. I scream type one and when I can’t, I have someone (or something such as a medical ID bracelet) do it for me. Given my unique vocal range, following several hours of poking and prodding, an ER Nurse returned to my exam room to ask whether I was aware that I had diabetes.
Suffice to say, I had a less than ideal experience at Cedars-Sinai. Divine intervention prevailed and I survived. I am still here. I am grateful. None-the-less, I am still reeling from the total lack of type one sensitivity in the ER. The ordeal serves as a catalyst for my top ten emergency room tips should you find yourself in a similar situation. Feel free to download the infographic below. Pass it on and share it with others so that when you or a type one loved one enters the ER, care goes right instead of horribly wrong.
Have any type one diabetes emergency room tips to add to the list? Feel free to share them in the comments section of this post.