Caring Nurse Makes Life-Saving Connection
Humble, TX - With a river tubing vacation in New Braunfels, the 4th of July holiday, and her 17th wedding anniversary, stay-at-home mom Betty Currier was having a great summer with family and friends, but she was putting her health on the backburner.
Not eating right and skipping blood sugar level checks quickly caught up to the 43-year-old diabetic from Huffman, Texas. The morning of July 8, Currier was not feeling well when she answered the phone.
“It was Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital calling to schedule a procedure,” said Currier. “But, I felt so nauseated and sick I couldn’t concentrate on what she was saying or what I was saying.”
Just seconds into the phone call, Memorial Hermann Northeast Mammography and Ultrasound Nurse Navigator Theresa Huckabay, L.V.N. knew something was not right.
“She sounded very confused and scared,” said Huckabay. “I knew immediately something wasn’t right, so I told her to hang up and call 911. I called 911, too, because I knew she was at home by herself.”
Huckabay’s instincts were right. Currier was suffering diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
Moments later, when Teresa called back to check on Currier, an emergency medical services crew was loading her into an ambulance to rush her to Memorial Hermann Northeast. Continue>
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