Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Taxi drivers and visits to A&E

Last night I had a phone call from a friend.

"I've been low all afternoon, and I'm throwing up. Should I go to A&E?"

YES YES YES was my answer to that. "I'll meet you there."

I threw all my crap in my bag and rang out the door. I grabbed some cartons of OJ on the way 'just in case'.

I discovered the bus had left a few minutes before and it would be over 30 minutes wait; I decided to run the first part of the journey (I would have had to catch 2 buses to the hospital). Before doing that I tested:

3.3. "S**t!" Down went the first OJ carton, and a phone call to a taxi rank. The taxi arrived shortly and the taxi driver asked me why I was going to A&E.

"My friend is a type 1 diabetic, he has a low blood sugar level but is throwing up so he can't get his blood sugar levels up - A&E is the safest place for him to be."

verynicetaximan: "Don't they treat you kids with tablets these days, you don't have injections do you?"

Cue a lengthy, slightly hypo discussion about the difference between type 1 and type 2, the medications we can use, and my pump! I even showed him my cannula and the pump itself. I'll give him his due - he took what seemed to be a genuine interest and seemed to keep up with the conversation.

To cut a long story short, after an injection of Metoclopromide - dude was fine. Levels stayed in the 9s and 10s and it's all over now from what I hear.

Motto? Even if things are probably going to turn out okay, when you have type 1 in the frame, there's a big chance they might not. Quote of the day came from the ridiculously stuck up doctor in A&E:

"We see millions of people like you everyday - you have norovirus."
me: "No, you don't see millions of him. He has type 1 diabetes."

edited to clarify: her point was that he was no one special and should go home - my point was that with type 1, he was NOT like everyone else and needed to be taken seriously!


Kaitake said...

You gotta be kidding me! The doctor said "norovirus"!!!?! Just as well the taxi driver was more open minded!

Siobhan said...

No, he really did have norovirus, lol! It's a vomiting & diarrhea bug. If she mistook t1 for THAT, I'd be forcing her back to medical school myself!!

Kaitake said...

Oh whew! I'm glad I got the wrong end of the stick! haha :P