Ok....So Why Did I Go To The E.R?

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Rupert, Idaho
January 9, 2022 7:35pm CST
So remember Tuesday when I was complaining that meat, well and most foods didn't look appetizing? I think there was a reason behind that. I slept fine Tuesday night Wednesday I tried to go about the day but I didn't feel good at all. I went and did the laundry and still hadn't eaten anything around 2 PM cause I had no appetite. I tried to eat a little something because my grandma thought I should try and I got sick everywhere ( I am sure you all know what I mean by that). I came home around 5 PM and just went to bed...I let my husband and son deal with themselves the rest of the evening - and I NEVER do that. Throughout that night I couldn't get comfortable, I kept waking up super thirsty and would have a drink of water. Every time I got up to do something though I was about of breath. Couldn't catch it. Was trying to fill up my cup with water, couldn't do that without having to go lie back down. At some point i did get up and had a few ice pops (they do have sugar) and that felt nice....but right after I went back to bed. Thursday -- Anyways, the next morning Thursday I woke up after 9 AM - was supposed to get Eli to school; the snow days were over....so he was called in late as absent. Right after that I had my husband call 911 - could barely walk, each step felt heavy. Also, I was very dizzy. -- so have you figured out what was going on yet?-- I had no clue! The ambulance came so fast, I didn't even have time to put on shoes....or a coat...but they rushed me to the hospital...got me all hooked up, swabbed my nose, I got a CT, etc.... By the way, it is NOT covid! What I did have was DKA - Diabetic Keto-acidosis. What is that? It is a very very serious condition where the body produces excess blood acids and occurs when there is not enough insulin in the body. I think type 1's might see this more often than type 2. I guess the first time they checked my blood sugar it was over 400. I have seen it there once or twice....but that number has been more rare. I learned that my new med the doctor started me on the last time I saw him (Farxiga) was part of the culprit...that medicine makes you pee out some of the extra sugar so it doesn't go through your blood stream. Anyways, back to the topic.... After they found out what it was, I wasn't allowed to eat or drink anything until the DKA was resolved. It was a slow process to resolve that....they had me on an insulin drop (not fun, I had blood sugar checked every hour, mostly) they also had me on a sugar water drip so my sugar wouldn't go too low...then I was on bags of potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. I was hooked up to so many machines. I was so weak I slept most of Thursday and Friday, except when they had to wake me up for a blood sugar check or something. Saturday I was feeling a lot better, doctor said the DKA had finally resolved but my potassium and other numbers needed a bit more work I think - but I could eat finally. I thought I would be on a clear liquid diet at first, but what do they bring a diabetic who just came off of DKA? A huge piece of lasagna!! I am sure it was healthier but still.... I just drank the drinks and ate the breadstick, I wasn't up to a lasagna. For dinner, they brought a pork chop, roasted potatoes, zuchinna and a slice of apple pie - I ate a big of the pork chop and most of the potatoes, and drank the drinks (milk and juice -and they are like a half a cup worth) Today was much better, I was unhooked from everything....and was told I could go home! He wanted me to stay another night because of my potassium needed a little extra...but asked if I could take them as a pill and he agreed. Today's food was better (not on my blood sugar though) - breakfast was an egg (or two?), a biscuit with reduced sugar grape jelly, milk, juice, and coffee. Then for lunch I got mashed potatoes, breaded pork and jello (should have been sugar free) - juice and milk - I only ate a few bites of the potatoes because I was full The ICU doctor thinks that I need to be on insulin fully now, and so now I need to see my regular doctor ASAP and see if he agrees. I never really wanted insulin, but I don't want to try a new med and have an issue like this ever again. Good thing is I can still do low carb with insulin...just need to figure out what my carb limit is and how much insulin to take, and stuff. Anyways - so that is why I have been MIA from here.....It's been a long journey (and embarrassing at times) Photo Via Pixabay
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@just4him (261422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jan
That was scary. I'm glad you're doing better and back home.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
It was terrifying. I don't have 100% strength back but I feel so much better. It is nice to be home....those beds are so uncomfortable!
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@just4him (261422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 Those beds are meant to promote getting well and getting home. I'm glad you're doing better.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
@just4him Well they should still at least be comfortable. I was glad to get out of bed finally on Saturday...stayed up most of the day
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@DocAndersen (55518)
• United States
10 Jan
ouch that is bad. i am so sorry.
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@DocAndersen (55518)
• United States
11 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 yeah you have to move to a more managed world. I've been there for the last 10 years. you will come out the other side.
• Rupert, Idaho
12 Jan
@DocAndersen but I don't want to do that sadly....I don't like rules, schedules...etc....
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@DocAndersen (55518)
• United States
12 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 after nearly 17 years on insulin, you can learn to cope!
@JimBo452020 (80225)
• Montrose, Scotland
10 Jan
I suppose the main thing is that the doctors found out what was wrong. I'm still unsure about the whole low carbon gig I must read more about it. And the relationship between carbs and diabetes and insulin Infact all of it. Stay well, and eat a potato lol
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
I am glad they did find out what it was, even though the EMT people heard my symptoms and said "oh that's covid" lol It's easy carbs raise blood sugar, which needs more insulin...the more insulin you need your pancreas gets tired, you get diabetes...so on. I did get a bit of potatoes in the hospital lol, but my blood sugar was high after, even with insulin
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@JimBo452020 (80225)
• Montrose, Scotland
11 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 my pancreas could be knackered Diabetes, probably Oh well I'm goosed
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• Rupert, Idaho
12 Jan
@JimBo452020 I wish we could get a pancreas transplant and then no longer have diabetes.
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@LindaOHio (82421)
• United States
10 Jan
I am so sorry that you had to go through all of that. Had you eaten something prior to this that set it off? I'm glad you feel better now.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
It was so terrifying....when I didn't want to eat the 2nd day on my diet I just thought it was the Keto flu....I've gone through that before when going from carbs to very low carb. Well I am better, but not 100% still don't have a ton of energy but at least the DKA is gone and I am home.
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@LindaOHio (82421)
• United States
10 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 Maybe you should contact a doctor before continuing on your various diets. Maybe there is something there that you shouldn't be doing.
• Rupert, Idaho
12 Jan
@LindaOHio It's not low carb/keto....it was switching from high carbs to low carbs while on Farxiga. Now I am a Type 1.5 diabetic....and eating low carb doesn't lower my blood sugars. I most likely will need an insulin pump
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@tammys85 (27036)
• Baltimore, Maryland
10 Jan
I'm so sorry you went through this, but I'm so glad they pinpointed the issue and are working with you to fix it.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
Thank you....I appreciate that. It was so scary! I never thought I would get DKA being type 2, but maybe I am type 1 now, or type 1.5 Glad they figured out quickly though and I am home now!
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@tammys85 (27036)
• Baltimore, Maryland
12 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 You're welcome. How are you feeling?
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• Rupert, Idaho
13 Jan
@tammys85 A lot better from the DKA, however still dealing with high blood sugars.
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@oahuwriter (19756)
• United States
11 Jan
Glad you're in the mend. Take care.
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• Rupert, Idaho
12 Jan
Will be a while, until I get on insulin
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@oahuwriter (19756)
• United States
13 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 Good, you're getting better?
• Rupert, Idaho
13 Jan
@oahuwriter I am over the DKA, but long way to go to "better" lol
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@CarolDM (168866)
• Nashville, Tennessee
10 Jan
I am glad you found out the problem and got it taken care of. I am sure it was a scary ordeal.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
Yes it was terrifying...was so dizzy and couldn't catch my breath, that was the worst I think.
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@CarolDM (168866)
• Nashville, Tennessee
10 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 So happy you are at home now.
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• Rupert, Idaho
12 Jan
@CarolDM I am just glad I didn't go in any later.
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@kobesbuddy (142604)
• East Tawas, Michigan
10 Jan
This was a terrible experience, with your blood glucose level. Diabetic keto-acidosis is fatal, if left untreated. I'm glad you survived this and you're on the mends:)
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
I should have gone in a day earlier probably, but had I gone any later it could have been really bad. But when I was super dizzy and couldn't do anything without being able to catch my breath I knew I needed help. I'll probably be on insulin now...but see the doctor tomorrow about that
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• Rupert, Idaho
12 Jan
@kobesbuddy Sorry to hear that, it can be very scary.
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@kobesbuddy (142604)
• East Tawas, Michigan
12 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 Mom saw the mail-lady Barb sitting motionless, in her mail truck for over two hours. Mom knew something was wrong so called 911 and the ambulance came! Mom gazing out the front window saved Barb's life:)
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@kareng (43462)
• United States
10 Jan
So glad you are okay. You will have to limit those carbs but will get used to it!
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
I may limit them, but will allow some of the carbs I like in smaller amounts perhaps. Depends if I go on insulin and what kind...we'll see
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@kareng (43462)
• United States
14 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 Good luck!
• Rupert, Idaho
14 Jan
@kareng thank you..
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@Courtlynn (71887)
• United States
13 Jan
Wow. That's awful. So glad you finally went to the hospital even if it is a long stay usually
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• Rupert, Idaho
13 Jan
It was awful, and terrifying. But I am glad I went too, cause that could have been fatal
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@Courtlynn (71887)
• United States
13 Jan
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• Rupert, Idaho
13 Jan
@Courtlynn At least I am here and can say I made it through that
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@RasmaSandra (50748)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
10 Jan
So sorry to hear this and I hope you get back home and start feeling all right again. I think having to take insulin is better than having another issue like you had, I hope all will be fine now,
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
I am finally home, thankfully....and am mostly back to normal. well, honestly I would rather take shots than take so many pills too.
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@RasmaSandra (50748)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
10 Jan
@MommyOfEli2013 I wish all the best for you
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
@RasmaSandra Thank you
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@marlina (137696)
• Canada
11 Jan
So sorry that you had to go through this and hope that you feel so much better now. Welcome back home
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• Rupert, Idaho
12 Jan
I am doing better as in I don't have DKA right now, but I still have high blood sugars that low carb eating wont fix
@Kouponkaren (2378)
• United States
10 Jan
Wow, that's awful. I am sorry you had to go through that but I am glad they figured everything out for you.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
It was awful, and I am not 100% yet....but I am glad they figured it out too
• United States
10 Jan
What a bad roller coaster ride to be on. You really did crash and burn. Gosh, how scary is that? I think scheduling asap with your regular Doctor is a great idea. If you can get your blood sugar to consistant numbers, it will help you with one less worry. You only need to find a diet that is compatible. I'm sorry you had such a rough time. I thought it was because the new diet contained live goldfish. Glad you're better and it's nice to see you again.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
It was the worst roller coaster, that's for sure...well except when I had super low blood sugar and ended up in the E.R. - but that didn't require a 4 day, 3 night stay in the hospital. My doctor is probably going to be mad at me, I see him tomorrow....I'm scared. I don't want a "diabetic" diet though, it's gross and tasteless lol. Now that I am off the med that caused the DKA, I should be able to do low carb, even if I am on insulin We'll see tomorrow.... Not sure what live goldfish diet would cause? lol
@wolfgirl569 (48242)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Jan
Glad you are home and doing a lot better.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
I am glad to be home too, just wish I was back to 100%
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@FourWalls (38481)
• United States
10 Jan
Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that! I’m glad you were able to get some help (and I hope they didn’t shove that swab up your nose). All of the things that can happen to someone with something like diabetes is positively scary. I do pray they can give you medication and diet to get everything normalized.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
I did get the nose swab up the nose, but I was kind of out of it so to me it wasn't that bad. and it was negative, which I figured. But yes, it is very scary and DKA can be life threatening. My normal stubborn self would not have gone in because I usually just say eh, i'll get over it! I wouldn't have gotten over that. Most likely I will be on insulin for the rest of my life now though
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• Sonora, California
10 Jan
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jan
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