Re: [IPp] Out of control flu (or, rather, stomach virus)
In a message dated 1/24/2005 11:38:05 AM Central Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
First off if you are referring to the "Flu" how come your son didn't get a
It's my habit to call it the stomach flu. It is not a true flu, which as
you point out, is respiratory. He did have a flu shot. I should have said,
If its a stomach virus, that's different. Basically you have to cut
back on insulin. Usually stomach virus makes diabetics go very low, because
the No Food to Insulin ratio not being there. Therefore, you have to try
anything with carbs and sugar to keep him from falling to low.
Can't keep anything down therefore no carbs or sugar. Checked bg hourly and
his blood glucose did not fall below 76. He did develop some ketones,
though, from the dehydration.
If he is on pump
he should suspend and constantly take blood sugars.
I don't think I would suspend. It is my understanding that diabetics still
need some insulin even if they are not eating.
The first and last time I took him to the local ER instead of our usual
Children's Memorial Hosp ER, the doc there wouldn't let him have his shot (this
was before the pump) because "if you're not eating you shouldn't take
insulin." I called our endo, got an ambulance to Children's, he got back on his
insulin and our endo called and reamed out the local ER doc.
If he's manually doing
shots, stick with small amounts of humalog and/or Lantus, this way you have a
little more control over.Gatorade, syrup from canned fruit, warm soda, etc.
whatever works but don't force.
Like I said, nothing stays down. Not an ice chip, not a lollipop,not a
popsicle, not a sip of water.
Body seems to know when it wants or needs
something. Dehydration is hard to prevent. I hope this helps a little. We've
been lucky, no flu or stomach virus in my daughter's history since she
flu shots, over 10 yrs. ago. Good luck I hope he has better luck in future,
remember its not too late to get a flu shot. You can still catch flu well
It is my understanding that flu shots, which he has indeed had, only protect
against respiratory influenza, not stomach viruses. But thanks for the
(mom of Chris, 21, Carrie, 17, guardian of Mike, 17, and mom of Dan, 13, dx
4-01, pumping Cozmo since 5-03)
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