Because I have fought a long battle against diabetes (more than 25 years), and recently beat it, I am pretty much an anti-sugar person now. I don’t use sugar in any foods, at least I don’t add sugar in any way. There are some foods that you have to be very careful about because manufacturers will sneak in sugar in any way they can, it seems.
Having beaten sugar, I want to avoid it as much as possible. Being a serious diabetic for years, sugar can kill me, so I do all I can to not consume it. Now, though, my diabetes is gone, so I just keep up my fight against any form of sugar.
About a month or more ago, I got thinking that whenever you are in the hospital, they always give you an IV, and in almost every case (at least here in the Philippines) the solution that they pump into you is dextrose. Dextrose is a sugar solution. They give this to you to keep you properly hydrated.
After I thought about this, I told Feyma that if a time came when I was hospitalized and I was unable to make my own decisions, I wanted her to direct the medical staff that I do not want dextrose or any other IV solution that contained sugar. She was a little “iffy” about this request, but she said “OK”.
Well, last week my directive was tested. As I wrote previously, last Tuesday I went to the hospital for an ESWL treatment for a kidney stone. This is an outpatient procedure, but it is considered an operation, and generally, a dextrose IV is given to the patient. The anesthesiologist told Feyma (I was outside) that he would be giving me dextrose. Feyma came outside and told me. I could tell that she did not want to confront the doctor about it, so I went inside and talked to the doctor.
I was nice to him, but also firm. I told him that I did not want dextrose to be used in my IV and no IV with any kind of sugar. I asked him if he could substitute a non-sugar IV, and he gave me a thumbs-up sign and said it was no problem!
This particular doctor was very nice and he could see that I was doing all that I could do to both lose weight and avoid further problems with diabetes. He was very supportive of my instructions on this. As we proceeded with the procedure, when the IV was placed, he went out of his way to show me that a non-sugar solution was being used.
My wife was impressed to see that doctors could indeed give a non-sugar IV, and it made me very happy. Now, I think she would be comfortable in passing along this instruction to future doctors and medical staff. That makes me happy, and confident that if I were incapacitated, my medical wishes would be looked after by my wife and doctors!
No sugar! It feels good.
I wish it was just sugar carbohydrates breads and noodles and grains
I am not sure I understand what you are saying, Mark. All carbs turn into sugar when your body starts processing them. In this article I was talking about avoiding sugar in an IV, so bread and such don’t enter the picture. But, I really don’t eat carbs anymore – no bread, no rice, no potatoes, no noodles, no grains. The only carbs I do eat are the low number of carbs that you get in vegetables.
HI Bob, thanks for this article. I did not know that an IV had sugar in it. Now I know I can ask for one that does not have sugar in it. This is good information.
I am glad that the info was useful to you, Richard! Most IVs are sugar based, and by requesting no sugar, they can make the change for you! Good luck!
Yea that is great Bob! Wonder what the iv solution was. Also among Filipinos (as you know) they are very shy. It’s more go with the flow. My wife was like this until she hit her head when she was sleeping and suddenly wasnt 😉 not sure if its a good thing or a bad thing hahahah.
LOL. It all worked out good in the end.
Hey Bob, Im glad you’re doing ok.Wishing u well on your continued recovery.The doctors usually run Normal Saline /Plain NSS or its Called .9NaCL, or LR Lactated Ringers if your sugar is high or if you are diabetic, its an isotonic solution. Normally to hydrate a patient or to keep the pts vein open (KVO) for an easy access for any medications that you need to take like anaesthetics, antibiotics or contrast media for diagnostics. Should the need arise, like when your sugar drops down to a level like 60 or below ,If you’re allowed to take something by mouth, you are usually offered an orange juice,but if you are NPO or should have nothing by mouth because of procedure or heavy sedation, thats when they would run a solution with Dextrose or Glucose in it like D5NaCL or D5LR or if its really low they push D50W a high concentration of glucose. Because if you become too hypoglycemic or had a very low sugar during a certain procedure you can end in Diabetic coma. God Bless you on your recovery Bob! Warm regards to my hometown Davao.
In the Philippines my experience is that they always run dextrose. That is what they had orepared for me last week.
I know Bob, its a common misconception there that if its a Dextrose its good for patient, not knowing that it can also harm pts with Diabetes issues.Good thing that you let them know that you are aware of your case. You did the right thing, i would do the same thing if i were you.
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