Diabetic Sick Days - HELP ME!!!

By melissa5786 Latest Reply 2013-10-31 22:17:25 -0500
Started 2013-10-31 12:03:06 -0500

So, I've been battling a pretty harsh cold this past week and I can't seem to do anything to make my blood sugars level out! I know it's just the extra stress my body is handling right now with the illness, but it's getting frustrating! I hardly eat anything because I have no appetite, but I'm stuck taking insulin before every meal!

What do you all eat when you're having sick days? Like I said, I don't really have an appetite, but I know I have to eat.. so maybe some small meals that are filling would be helpful?

Honestly, I've been diabetic for four and a half years now and I've never had this problem! I've had head colds and sinus issues, but it never made a difference in my readings! I'm confused, frustrated and a little sad. I hate seeing such high numbers on my meter even if I know why they are so high..

3 replies

Kats49 2013-10-31 22:17:25 -0500 Report

A couple things you need to remember when you are sick..don't let your sugars go above 200, keep hydrated and baby yourself..stress will make blood sugars rise. Keep in contact with your diabetes doctor..they can tell how to change your insulin dosages when you are ill…if at all…Gabby is correct…coconut water is an excellent hydrator and anything warm helps your system cope…protein helps your system also…so if you can tolerate chicken soup go for it…
Feel better soon…

GabbyPA 2013-10-31 18:35:17 -0500 Report

I know when I feel bad it's hard to focus on numbers. I do try to keep a lot of fluids around. I find that warm water with ginger and lemon is very helpful for my tummy and keeps me hydrated. I also drink coconut water and it's only got 9 carbs per cup and 15 calories, but great for electrolytes.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2013-10-31 18:08:33 -0500 Report

Melissa, so sorry to hear that you're sick. That can really make things tough on your control.

The first thing I would say is see if you can talk to a nurse at your doctor's office. Our clinic has provided to us a list of sick day guidelines. I don't have them with me but I included many of the recommendations in this article:

So see if your doctor's office has some guidelines for you with your insulin dosing in particular. Sometimes you may need to increase your dose in order to bring things under control. That is especially true if you're spilling ketones.

Make sure you stay hydrated. That always seemed to be one of the most important keys when my son was sick.

As far as what to eat, I'd say just try to consume enough carbs to keep from dropping too low. But that might be in a sports drink or regular soda if that's all your stomach can handle.

Hope you get feeling better soon.