Prepare Yourself for those Sick Days

MewElla
By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-11-27 18:35:44 -0600
Started 2011-06-21 09:08:51 -0500

When you wake up with a stuffy nose, or sore throat, your first instinct is your are sick and need to stay at home from work. Your second instinct should be that you have diabetes, and you need to take care of yourself, since being sick can make your blood sugar go out of whack. Get a plan together Before you get sick, not when you really feel lousy and can not think straight. Ask your Dr if there are other things he wants you to do when you get sick.
Know when to call your Dr. If you are unable to eat, have diarrhea or have been vomiting for 6 hrs; or if you have a fever that does not come down.
Continue all your medications-this is especially important, because being sick will usually raise the blood sugar levels. Special instructions from your Dr should be noted when you are taking insulin.
Check your blood sugar more frequently and log it for future reference. If your numbers are unusually high, the Dr may make adjustments in meds.


10 replies

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-26 16:34:38 -0600 Report

Thank you for this reminder. I wish I had read this a few weeks ago. I don't know if it is just me but ever since I got my flu and pneumonia vaccines, a little over a month ago, I have caght two colds. I never used to get sick like that. But because of the diabetes, I took my doctors suggestion and got shots. And, usually I can get rid of a cold quickly but now that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. If I catch another one I will definitely speak with my doctor about what I can do to possibly get rid of it quicker because most OTC cold meds cannot be mixed with diabetes meds. Besides all they do is suppress the cold.

watson4042
watson4042 2011-11-24 02:30:50 -0600 Report

thank you MewElla perfect advice for us newbys.

Gemm
Gemm 2011-07-07 11:00:27 -0500 Report

Thanks for this post - just got over a mild lung infection and the last couple of days since feeling better it's been more difficult to remember to take the antibiotics I was given but still need to finish. One thing I've heard a lot of other people say as well as my own experience is the importance but also the difficulty of when we are sick to remember once we are feeling better to make sure we finish any meds the doc has given us to help fight it. Reading this post this morning helped me remember so thanks again :)