This year will be Year 20 for me. 20 years since I sat in the emergency room being told I had something called “Diabetes”. All I knew about it at the time was that I couldn’t have sugar (yes I know now that that is not true ) I had been feeling “bad” for about 6 months prior to that day. Had taken a couple of trips and was sluggish, sick to my stomach, thirsty .. all of the above.
A few months ago, I decided to try to get copies of my medical records from that hospital stay. Thought it might be “interesting” to see what my numbers were. My BG and my A1C, etc. I seem to recall my BG being 426 but that could totally be off and be a figment of my imagination.
So a few months ago, I started calling the hospital where I was admitted. For weeks I tried and could never talk to a live person. Then someone returned my call. Finally! Only to tell me that they purge records after ten years. WHAT?!?! I had no idea I asked the lady on the othe end of the phone why they wouldn’t archive them to digital or something, instead of just purging them? This IS the 21st century after all. (Don’t worry – if you know me at all, you know that I am an overly nice person – sometimes annoyingly so – so I was not rude to her at all.)
My dr that admitted me… he also has retired and my records have been purged in his office as well.
So it appears I’m out of options. Unless anyone has any other suggestions? I would also like to have the copies so when I’m eligible for my medal, I have them
I had my first stint in DKA in my college town where I was living at the time, 6 years after my dx … and they do still have my records. So I’ve requested those. But it won’t be the “good” stuff. Just how sick was I on October 17, 1992? I may never know now.
Lesson learned: After a hospital stay, always ask for copies of your records. You never know when you might need/want them down the road.