On Tuesday, I had taken ten times the therapeutic dose of long-acting insulin. Normal glucose is 100-120. During the Tuesday-Wednesday night, on the Observation Unit, I had a hypoglycemic crisis in which my blood sugar dropped to 65. The nurse stepped to my bedside and asked if I would eat and drink. I nodded yes and immediately was given a cup of apple juice, a ham and cheese sandwich, and an endless supply of other food and drink. The nurses did not leave me unattended for about an hour and did finger-sticks (blood sugar checks) every fifteen minutes until all my fingertips were punched black and blue.
On Thursday morning (the night shift) on 3-6, I woke up knowing something was terribly wrong . . .