Hi Lauren - I'm sorry you had to go through that. It really isn't fun. I had to go to the hospital once for DKA and that was enough for me. It was way back when - in my teens and I had my wisdom teeth out. My parents had a reunion to go to and I convinced them to go - it was a couple days after the surgery. I was eating just soups still. I wasn't feeling well and tested before I went to bed and I was in a normal range. Woke up at 2:00 AM and threw up - couldn't stop for hours- figuring I just had a bug - didn't even think about testing my blood. Back then, it was a pain b/c it was a large meter and it took a long time for results. I lost 16 lbs in about 6 hours. My sister was home from college and called the doc who said to take me into the hospital. It was a fight to get in b/c I was a minor. Once I went into a coma, I got in.
I learned a few things from this. My doc was horrible. I wasn't aware that throwing up would spike your sugars so always always test if you are- he never told me and the internet wasn't around so I took what my doc said as the rule. If you are a minor and your parents are away, have a legal document saying (put your person's name here) can admit you to the hospital in an emergency. I'm not sure if it's a medical declaration form or whatever - someone else might have more info on that. I was lucky and the top administrator of the hospital was a neighbor - he got me in. That was my only time in DKA - one was enough.