Diabetes and illness

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Diabetes and illness



I haven't posted since uploading my video, which I am pleased to see has resulted in a few comments and kudos'! Thank you for that! If you haven't seen it, please do check it out :) The reason that I was so slow in replying is (not only because I have a tonne of university course work, but...) that I have been very ill with food poisoning. I don't know what I ate, but on Monday, I started to feel a bit woozy. Tuesday came and the battle of the bloods commenced: couldn't get them below 16mmol/L (English measurement... should be 4.0-8.0mmol/L for a diabetic). I went to the library, as usual. By 4pm, I just felt like I was going to vomit, was dizzy and feverish and fainted. I walked home, fainted again on the sofa, and then went to bed. Obviously feeling this ill is a total battle with diabetes, as you need to eat to get the insulin in you, and your bloods sky rocket as an immune system response to the illness. It's a negative cycle, and then you can't tell if your symptoms are from the illness, or from the diabetes, and it makes it so much harder to help yourself! Anyway, so I started vomiting. Drove back to my parents house and saw a dr, who said it's food poisoning. Gave me some pills, and bed rest. But it went on and on, and it got to the point where my bloods were never below 20mmol/L and I was developing ketones. After day 6, I went back to the dr's. They said I was in tachycardia (low pulse, I believe), and that they wanted to admit me to hospital with a potential of developing DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis), to prevent myself from falling into a coma, as the onset/transition into DKA can be rapid. They asked that I went home, attempted to get my bloods down, and if they were not below 16mmol/L before dinner, to go straight to A&E. Fortunately, I doubled my usual insulin dose and got them down to 12mmol/L. Didn't go the hospital and the illness has seemingly left my system! It's been a busy week, and a very unhealthy one. But i've pulled through. I'm also starting a campaign for type 1 diabetic healthcare on the NHS in England. If anyone is interested, please message me and I can send you the relevant information. There will be a HM petition involved and some letter sending :) It's to try and get CGM's and insulin pump therapy available to all T1s in the UK. Hope all is well with everyone else! Bloods this morning were 5.5mmol/L (99mg/dl) - YAY This may help you convert bloods: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/blood-sugar-converter.html



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Rebecca, I'm glad that you are better. This is a good thing that you are doing for the UK. I hope you get enough people to sign the petition to help them out.

Jul 20, 2013 - 1:53 AM by Rosalind W

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Feb 22, 2013 - 5:06 AM by justinemily e

Rebecca, what a rough week! I'm so glad that you are better now and you're starting a campaign for T1D in the UK. I have not personally experienced any insulin related health problems, but it's quite scary to read about your experience from the past week. I know that serious illness or injury could trigger DKA, now it seems like that food poisoning could also put a diabetic patient at the risk of developing DKA and falling into a coma. Please see a doctor immediately when you feel ill or dizzy in the future.

Nov 13, 2012 - 11:34 AM by Qi Z

Hi Rebecca - I am so sorry to hear about the last several days and what you had to go through. The important thing is that you are on the road to recovery and it sounds like you are doing much better. Please keep me posted on your campaign for T1 diabetic healthcare on the NHS in England. There have been significant advancements in insulin pump therapy and my hope is that it will become available to all T1s in the UK. Let me know if there is anything we can do on this side of the pond to support the cause and as always - Be Well. Dave

Nov 13, 2012 - 7:40 AM by David D

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