Having the flu

By Nanette Latest Reply 2008-11-13 12:11:34 -0600
Started 2008-11-11 14:34:27 -0600

What does one do when you can't eat and apparently have the flu?
I know it's very important to eat, but I can't.

7 replies

Nanette 2008-11-13 11:25:38 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I'm over it and it wasn't fun. I did try all of your suggestions. I couldn't even take the smell of broth. The sweet things weren't going to well either. My daughter made me a huge cup of hot tea and it helped so much. I soaked in a hot bath with Epson Salts and went to bed and slept 12 hours. All I could do that day was take my medications with a few bites of toast. I could not take my vitamins, that was pushing it. So, I want to thank you all again for the suggestions.

sparkysmom 2008-11-11 21:32:16 -0600 Report

Drink clear liquids. See Dr if you can't keep it down. OR at lest call Dr. Hope you feel better soonest.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-11-11 15:30:24 -0600 Report

I'm sure the sick day guidelines are different for type 2s than they are for type 1s, but here are our guidelines.

Test your blood sugar frequently and if you're high, check for ketones every time you go to the bathroom. If you have ketones, you need to be very careful. Clear liquids are essential. If you're on insulin, you will likely need to take extra insulin to bring down your blood sugars.

Fortunately, we've had very few experiences with the flu since my son was diagnosed. I know it can be so hard to keep down anything, but we found that even sucking on ice chips makes a difference. When your blood sugar is high, you will be getting dehydrated already. If you're not taking any fluids, then you can be in real trouble quickly.

Be careful. Don't be afraid to call your doctor.

And I guess this is a good time to remind ALL diabetics to get the flu shot every year. Make your appointment today!

2008-11-11 14:45:21 -0600 Report

Hi Nanette,
I have always been told that when you can't eat because of nausea and/or vomiting that you should try to at least consume liquids. Regular liquids not sugar free. Juices, broth, jello (regular) and in regular serving sizes not overboard. I just had surgery and wasn't able to eat for a few days and the hospital had me on a full liquid diet. Pudding, broth, juice, etc… If you can't even handle liquids, I would call the doctor to get advice.
Hope you get well soon

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