Sometimes I wonder if there are other PWD out there who have an intense fear of food poisoning, like I have.
Several years ago I ended up getting extremely bad food poisoning from undercooked bratwurst. I was extremely sick for about 8 hours that night/next morning (about 3am to 11am). I got so dehydrated, went into major insulin resistance, and must have been producing massive ketones…though I don’t remember testing for them at all. My last memory is of talking on the phone to my ex at 11am, to say I think I was recovering and was going to finally get some sleep. I also thought my blood sugars were under control (I’d been near 400 all night…I was finally back down to 140).
Apparently I wasn’t ok…at approximately 3pm my roommate came home to find me unconscious and struggling to breathe on the bathroom floor. She called 911. 6 paramedics responded in an ambulance and full-size fire engine. I was hooked to an IV and given oxygen before they ever loaded me on a stretcher.
I woke up in the ER at about 6:30pm with no memory of what had happened. I was nauseous again and apparently my blood sugar was around 700 (had been upwards of 900 at admission). I am unclear on if I was just unconscious or if what happened could be classified as a hyperglycemic coma. Either way they’d prepared my parents to lose me and weren’t even going to admit me further than the ER. It was only when I woke up that they considered moving me to the ICU. (Actually for the first 12 hours I think I was in the CCU…)
Because of this horrible and terrifying experience...I have this intense fear of food poisoning.
So this afternoon, when I unexpectedly began to vomit…I was scared. Really scared. I’m still not sure what happened. I was sick 3 times in 45 minutes. I did not have an elevated blood sugar. I didn’t have ketones (note to self: I need to get a ketone meter…peesing on the urine sticks is so gross and outdated). But I was still scared. It seems I’m in fact okay and whatever it was has passed.
…though I doubt my fear of food poisoning will ever go away.