Captain’s Log 6,013
I went out with friends last night for dinner and dessert. I had no idea one of the people was diabetic. Drinking a large Coke with dinner and then having cake and ice cream for dessert set off a really bad reaction once we got back to their house. It was scary. I have never seen anyone go into a hyperglycemic reaction before. She turned instantly pale, started with cold sweats, and became incoherent. We got her down on the sofa and started hustling to do something. Apparently, this has happened before. I suggested the ER. As we were about to make that happen, she slowly started to come around. She was so dehydrated she could barely make her lips move. Naturally, there was no way to test the sugar level. Her husband spoke to a friend who is an ER nurse, and we followed instructions. She was sitting up on the sofa talking and drinking copious amounts of water after about 45 minutes. She doesn’t really remember a thing.
I could tell her husband was really scared, so I stayed until we were both sure sure sure it was going to be okay. She takes meds for her diabetes at night, and the ER nurse suggested giving those to her as soon as she could start drinking water.
You just never know when you might find yourself kneeling next to your friend – taking her pulse and putting cool, wet towels on her head and neck. You just never know. All the while trying to Google what to do.
They promised me a “do over” to make up for the unfortunate evening. I told them there is no need for such things. It was an honor for me to be there to assist. Obviously, the universe put me there last night for a reason. It is a blessing when you can be of service.