I saw a depressed patient today. So depressed, in fact, that he tried to kill himself the other night. How did he do it, you ask? He tried to overdose on his own insulin. But what happened? His blood sugar was so high that the 80 units of insulin he gave himself didn’t even make him feel dizzy! He said that after the “overdose” of insulin he even felt a little bit better than before! Unfortunately, did not get out his glucometer and therefore has no record of what his sugars looked like around this time. I imagine for a few hours there they might have looked normal.
Add this to your list of reasons for keeping your diabetes under control June 3, 2008
Clearly, the time was right for a discussion about restarting his anti-depressant and getting him into a psychiatrist asap.