My son and I just got back from the emergency room at Childrens Hospital. Our family had the flu about a week ago and pretty much were all over it for a few days. I thought Matthew had escaped it but around 3:30 on Xmas eve he started to vomit. We checked his BG and he was at 116. In the next 2 hours he vomited another 3 times and we gave him some diet soda and tested again. It was 132 and his ketones were negative. He had not eaten anything at all that day and we test about 7:30 and he was at 156. Around 9 pm he seemed to be over the vomiting and starting to feel better. We did another BG and it was around 175 but there were traces in his ketone strip. Shortly after that he vomited again and we ran another strip about an hour later and it as high as it could go Called the endo and went to the E.R. ITs now 11:47 Xmas eve and the put the IV in. His BG was about 202 and keytones were still really high. They ran the tests and he was as the doctor put it DKA lite. DKA but not the most extreme. They ran the IV and we watch XMAS come in and then 1 am, 2 am etc. The doctor came in around 5 am to let us know that although the ketone strip was still high we could go home but call them in about 2 hours with a new Ketone reading and BG.
It brings about how serious diabetes is. If I had not read the many things listed here I would have looked at the numbers and assume they looked o.k. As soon as that one strip turned dark I knew it was time to call the endo. I am so glad I was home. My son normally gets his Lantus at 9 pm. and with the vomiting my wife decided to ask her T1 friend about weather she should give the Lantus. Her friend said no but she also said she didn't take Lantus since she was on the pump. That could have been deadly.
Well, they are sleeping and I am typing and waiting to get the BG and ketone test in a few minutes and call it in.
This site is so great - I don't know how I would get along without everyone here.
Have a Happy Holiday -
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