H continues improved, no more 'dementia' symptoms. But today he wanted to go to the hospital, suspecting a small stroke. At the ER they would not let him have even a glass of water, much less food. We told them he is diabetic and had not eaten for hours. They promised to bring a 'box lunch' but it never showed up. At every step or request for anything, it was 'we'll ask the doctor' -- then the person would disappear and never come back. He wanted to take his own insulin (pen inject) but they said "WE never give insulin under X BG."
This was not a big city ER with a lot of drama. During the hours we were there, only two other patients came into the area. Several pretty nurses had time to pop in and out several times to pet his cute service dog.* Maybe we should have nagged each one every time?
This sort of thing has happened at other hospitals. He is in ER for hours not allowed any food or drink. No real reason for it, just 'policy says we have to ask the doctor' and they never get back. Sometimes one of them eventually apologizes and says it was seriously wrong of them.
In his own medical purse/kit he has his own insulin pen; morn/noon/evening/night meds (heart stuff, anti-depressant, etc). No drink to take his meds with. After many requests, a nurse brought him some crackers. Luckly he carries 'jerky' sausages in his kit too. With that, he dared to give himself an insulin shot. Finally later anohter nurse brought him a 'box lunch' with a surprisingly good cold sandwich.
I guess I need to keep another emergency hospital kit in both cars, with picnic food, drink, cell phone charger, etc. Stuff he doesnt' want to clutter his kit with. Trouble is, he doesn't want the car 'clulttered' either. Duh. Have a little briefcase at home packed with such stuff, including underwear etc, but forgot to take it today; I didn't think they would want to keep him.
It just seems weird that we would have to sneak this stuff in. Dunno what would happen if they caught him using or eating what he brought himself.
I know in some cases, maybe as default, these restrictions would be reasonable. But in his case the restrictions are a big problem. How do other diabetics deal with this?
* His service dog is a medical alert who tells him when his blood sugar is too high or too low, so it is okay for people to pet the dog.