RE: [IP] High Sugars!!: GET TO ER NOW!
Stop screwing around trying to save a buck. Save your life!
You could have sepsis, a heart attack or other ischemic event, pneumonia,
or a urinary tract infection. These won't go away -- and could kill you if
untreated, even if you control your blood sugars.
If you don't keep yourself hydrated, you could end up in a hyperosmolar
If you manage to keep yourself hydrated, you can end up with hyponatremia
(low sodium) and hypokalemia (low potassium).
If you manage to get your blood sugar down with insulin, you can cause
yourself hypokalemia, because insulin drives potassium out of the blood
into the cells.
If you have seriously low potassium, you need to be on a heart monitor.
You need lab tests, every couple of hours until this is stabilized. An IV.
An EKG. A chest X-Ray. You need to find the underlying cause before it
You've done what you can, now get to an ER!
Let us know how it turns out.
From: email @ redacted
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 20:38
Hello everyone and yet another serious problem going on. For the past 4
days I have been experiencing a lot of trouble keeping control of my bgs.
Starting on Monday my sugar was higher then normal in the AM but took
extra bolus and it came down- a little. But by Monday evening it was
back up to over
300 again took injection and sugar was over 400 in the AM. I changed
insulin, reservoir, etc., and it came down a little. Starting to spill a
small amount ketones. By Wednesday and Thursday I had been taking extra
injection about 8-12 hours and my sugar will not come down. I have
sets, insulin tubing etc. now three times today and taken 4 injections
and still my sugar is over 600 and now spilling moderate to high ketones.
never not been able to bring down a "high" by a manual injection. I am
taking between 2-3 times the normal insulin with very little results. The
cause that I can come up with is an infection. Yes, I am fighting DKA
with stomach pain and vomiting I will just keep giving injections in hope
bringing down the readings. Since I do not have any insurance- and am
fighting this at home I was wondering anyone have any thoughts of a
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