My younger brother has been living Type 1 Diabetes for the past 10 years and Addison’s Disease for the past 5 as a comorbidity. Considering the great psychological toll both diseases have taken on him, it no surprise to me that he tends to neglect his health and not care for himself in ways that are best for him. One consequence of this has been frequent episodes of hypoglycemia. Prior to my brother and I attending college at the same time (and we both attend the same school) my parents took care of the hypoglycemia incidents at home and the only task I had to do was go fetch some juice or Gatorade. I never had to work with my brother directly.
Last school year when my brother and I were both at college together there was one low blood sugar incident that was particularly traumatizing for me, as I found him (after my parents had requested me to go check on him due to being unable to reach him all day) when he was very very low (I think his BG was 17) and I ended up having to call for paramedics and taking him (along with the help of my brother’s friends) to the hospital… this was no easy task. Trying to reason with my brother when he is low is challenging due to cognitive decline and combative behavior (i.e. swearing, hitting, yelling).
I am incredibly anxious about another incident like this happening again as we both head back to college (living off-campus and working on our classes remotely). I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to: A) deal with this very specific anxiety and B) prepare for this to happen again- what types of supplies should I have on hand in case of an emergency like this besides a glucagon? How can I prepare myself mentally if I encounter this again?
Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read and/or reply to my lengthy post. I hope you have a wonderful day.