Keytones and high readings

By restlessdiabetic Latest Reply 2012-09-12 01:22:23 -0500
Started 2012-09-09 13:12:17 -0500

So the past 2weeks have been hell for me. First I was diagnosed with bronchitis, so I was given a steroid for my lungs and an antibiotic. The steroid made my sugar levels go off the meter. I'm talking numbers over 600. My body felt so out of it but I didn't know why. Well a week into that I kept getting readings between 450-600. Finally I was so out of it that an ambulance came and took me to the hospital. In the ER they hooked me up to an iv and gave me insulin. They took X-rays since I told them I was being treated for bronchitis and they realized I was in the beginning stage of pneumonia. My ekg also came back abnormal. Dr wanted to admit me. Things aren't so great at home so I declined and said I need to be home.
While home I monitored my bs and gave myself insulin. Things didn't seem right so I made my follow up appt with my dr. When I went to the dr he took a urine sample and listened to my lungs. I sounded really bad considering I been on both meds for about 2weeks now. He told me I had a dangerous amount of keytones in my urine and very high levels of sugar. He recommended admitting me to the hospital again. I told him I would do it once I got home and did what I had to at home.

What does dangerous amounts of keytones mean and what can it do to you?
Also one thing that was mentioned was that I seemed to be catatonic?? What is that and what does it have to do with diabetes?
He wanted to call an ambulance from his office and again I told him I have to get the car home.
I know my health should come first, I had chest pains and the EKG came back abnormal, my bs was at 508 and my heart rate was 120. I still had blurry
vision, couldn't stay awake, headaches but wanted to be with my hubby so i came home and stayed home.
He doesn't understand n seems to be bitter n resentful towards me as if I'm becoming a burden. He hasn't said those words i have but he has said things like "you look like a dope fiend" and has complained about my sleepin.
I can't win. I need to sleep to feel better but I don't want to upset him, I need to go to the hospital to get regulated n make sure I'm not slowly slipping into a coma but he said he won't be there. He is the only one that makes me better so if he doesn't show up or stay with me the stress alone will kill me or at least not let me get better.
So I'm writing not to get criticized on my relationship but to get answers on the ketones and catatonic thing????? Any ideas, opinions and/or facts would be greatly appreciated!!

7 replies

restlessdiabetic 2012-09-12 01:22:23 -0500 Report

Thank you all for the concern, kind words, advice n for just being there for me. This isn't easy especially when I have almost no one to help me out. Will update as I hear things. Hope you are all feeling well n god bless!!

T1mama 2012-09-11 00:45:22 -0500 Report

Not a doctor at all but it sounds like your heading into DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). This can kill you if its not treated. Ive been to the hospital 6 or 7 times now with that and it is horrible. All of your symptoms sound like what happends to me before I go to the hospital. I also start throwing up constantly. YOU NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. The other posters are not joking. I hope you go and get the help you need. Please keep us updated. GL.

restlessdiabetic 2012-09-12 01:20:14 -0500 Report

Thx for the information you have given me. Is there blood test to tell if you have DKA? I will call the dr tomorrow and discuss getting admitted. Woke up today with my bs @ 515. Nothing I do brings it down plus I'm having chest pains. After an abnormal EKG in kinda nervous now. Will keep u posted. Thx again

DeanaG 2012-09-10 08:40:46 -0500 Report

You must take care of yourself, if you don't you won't be around to care for anyone or anything else.
Please get to the hospital!! You have described very serious conditions that need to be treated as soon as possible.

Harlen 2012-09-09 14:27:36 -0500 Report

Go and check your self in ! There will always be something that will need doing but there is only one you and if you DIE then who is going to do the things you need to do !!!!!!!
And Yes you can die from what you have going on .
All the info you have asked for it there .
Take care of you there is only one of you .
Best wishes

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