Cheri had been feeling pretty rotten the last few days but she had a doctor's appointment today and was determined not to go, but I was more determined that she did go. Not being, as the expression goes, my first rodeo, I figured she was headed for diabetic ketoacidosis. It was cool with a heavy rain, just the kind of day that makes you want to sleep in, but after 4 hours of sleep, I pestered her into going to the doctor. We spent an hour at the doctor's and about 5 more hours at the hospital.
I was right. (Of course!) I told her exactly what was going to happen and step by step, that's exactly what happened. They shot her up with insulin and pumped 2 or 3 bags of saline solution into her. Now she has to spend at least tonight in the hospital. Her blood sugar was too high to measure, (over 600 when it should have been closer to 100). Now it's down to about 300.
As I said, I'd been through this all before with another person, so I knew what was going on, but I knew all this because my cat Poof, was diabetic. I had to learn what was going on for her. That's 2 people who owe their lives to Poof because at this point, both people had about one more day. Now too, Cheri knows to listen to Dr. John.
Honestly, I'm still worried. She still has cancer and she'll always be diabetic, and I'm worn out. John
So sorry to hear this but thankfully you knew what was going on and she is getting the help she needs. Is she still in the hospital? Peggy
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Oh John I am sorry! Is she still in the hospital?
Is she diabetic type 1 or 2?
I have heard ketoacidosis on drug commercials, but don't really know what it is.
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She spent the night in the hospital and got out yesterday about noon. Ketoacidosis is when the blood sugar is too high too long. The blood becomes acidic and the kidneys and liver start shutting down. The body can't get rid of the sugar normally so you get super thirsty as the body tries to flush out the sugar, but that only helps marginally. Then you start breathing hard as another attempt to get rid of it, which doesn't work at all. The back often starts aching, though I don't know why. So when you get to the hospital they start pumping saline solution in to help flush out the sugar, and the hospital is far better at regulating your insulin intake than you can ever do.
I was just worn out getting so little sleep for several days. The day she went in the hospital I only got 2 hours sleep before I had to get the kids up for school. I got about 6 hours last night when her phone woke me up and I just couldn't get back to sleep. I'm obviously still worn out but I have to play Kansas City tonight and I really don't want to. Saturday I play about an hour away,which isn't quite so bad.
Cheri's feeling a lot better today. Getting that saline solution really works wonders. John
I am glad she feels better after the stay and saline. Does she take insolin at home?
How will the weather be when you play? We just wrapped up a 2 day snow storn and now we get night lows of 5f, then by Tuesday we go back above freezing and by next Friday we hit 45.
Try to rest and stay warm when you play!
She does feel a lot better than she has fora while and she does take insulin at home. She's one of those people who has a hard time regulating her sugar level.
"Cold" I guess is relative. It was hot most of last week, then fairly nice but rainy for a couple of days, then last night was pretty chilly. The car said it was 38 in Kansas City but for some reason, 33 driving through the suburbs, then 38 again when I got home. The bar was just a bit chilly but not enough to really hurt my playing. We still haven't had a real freeze yet. Certainly nothing like 5 degrees! Supposed to be about the same tonight. I saw it was all cloudy on your webcam this morning. I wondered how cold it must be right now. Should be 45 here today. John