I'm new here, and I'm hoping you all will be able to advise, give information/support, etc.
My fiance's dad, Jay, is a Type II diabetic, age 78. He was put on insulin about 1 1/2 years ago and took that as permission to no longer monitor his diet. He's very stubborn, in an infuriatingly good-natured way. He likes to play dumb and pretend that things are too confusing for him so he can do what he wants.
He woke up last week Tuesday with severe nausea, dizziness and vomiting. He was taken to the hospital with elevated blood pressure and elevated blood sugar. They tested him for strokes, heart and arterial function, etc. and everything was okay. He fell trying to use the bathroom Wednesday morning and cut his head and nose and bled like crazy because of the blood thinners he was on for the hypertension.
He is still hospitalized a week later, mostly because of two things: One, they can't get his blood sugar to go down to acceptable levels. He was on short-acting insulin, but I guess he was injecting it 5 or 6 times a day. They have been trying short-acting and long-acting stuff in different combinations. On Saturday his blood sugar was over 400, and yesterday it was 324. What does it mean that it stays so high and will they be able to get it lowered? Also, they are having him do lots of therapy - physical, occupational, speech. He may have had mini-strokes. His nurse thought the initial dizziness and nausea may have been due to swings in his blood sugar as well.
They are talking about releasing him tomorrow, but my fiance and his mom are starting to stress about how to provide him with the monitoring/care he'll need. He's not supposed to drive for a while, which will drive him crazy. They're getting him a walker with wheels, handbrakes and a seat, and are planning to modify the toilet, shower, etc.
I guess I mostly want to understand the continued elevation of his blood sugar, and anything about getting him to do what he needs to do would be helpful. This is a man who buys bags of candy and tries to hide them, who drove last winter two states away to try to get better medical treatment for diabetes in Minnesota and didn't call or answer his cell phone the whole time, etc. but he's very sweet and loveable at the same time. I sort of want to throttle him, you know?
Thanks for any help,