Sickness and Diabetes

Melissa Dawn
By Melissa Dawn Latest Reply 2009-03-25 06:46:08 -0500
Started 2009-03-22 18:15:46 -0500

So it seems I've been hit with a bit of a bug as of late . Its just a cold, but its taking a toll on my control. Fortunately for an insulin pump, I am finally getting my numbers back under down. I have my basal raised up 17% above normal to keep things from going too crazy. What a day its been.

So here's the discussion: How do you handle your sick days?

8 replies

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-03-25 06:46:08 -0500 Report

Melissa, I have had it rough this past month. I had temps of 103.1, 102.9 and 102.5 101.9 these past 3 weeks. I couldn't get my temps down at all. I could even lift my head off the bed. Yes I was hospitalized and was able to get my temps to a healthy 100.5 never lower. I was on diferent antibiotics and found out I had a severe UTI. But the cultures were horrible and they had to keep switching IV's. But 1 week later they did blood cultures and they came back positive. Thank God they did that all medications were changed and I was on the road to recovery. I am feeling 100% better and it was a long progress. I can ussally control my sicknes with the sick days rules. But I couldn't control my temperture and had to get the Mds to intervine and put me in the hospital. I was not happy. But I couldn't even lift my head and even get out of my bed. I ended up dehydrated. I think what scared me most the said if I didn't go my tranplsnt was showing signs of rejection. Even though I feel 100% better I am still going though a battery of test. So my suggestion to anyone on this site is to try any follow your MD's sick rules but if you can't handle it let your MD and seek medical attention after a few days.

lipsie 2009-03-25 06:16:08 -0500 Report

I feel for you, I have been fighting sinus infections the last few months, it crazy! And then TRYING to maintain your sugar during this…Ut sounds like you are prepaeing for things, so you have idea and that's great…you're probably doing exactly what you shoud be doing. Good luck hun. Sheila

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-03-24 23:00:12 -0500 Report

It seems I have the ability to get infections without noticing too much. Monday I was doing better and had little thought about it. I figured it was allergies because I felt better so quickly. Then today my sugars were spiking again, with little other symptoms. I went to a family doctor to see if they could figure anything out. Turns out I have a sinus infection. Alas! So I'm on antibiotics for the next ten days and should see improvements in a few more. My basal is back up to 117% for the day. I can't decide what to do with the nights, because I don't want to go low. Here's hoping I can figure it out!

cyncyn 2009-03-23 21:47:05 -0500 Report

sorry to hear you're sick. my mother-in-law is type II. when she gets sick, her's runs dangerously high. she gets sick every winter and the drs. put her on steroids and antibotics. the steroids are bad news for her. hope you feel better

lipsie 2009-03-23 17:00:39 -0500 Report

I don't have the perfect ansnwer for you but just wanted to say how glad I am that things look like they may be getting better. I hope it stays that ways, good luck. Sheila

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-03-23 16:31:23 -0500 Report

So, sorry to hear that you're sick. Managing a cold is so rotten because it's so unpredictable. It seems like my son usually runs high when he first catches the cold, but then the numbers are just all over the board. I think your basal increase is brilliant. But I'd just keep a close eye on it so you don't end up dropping too low.

Hope you get feeling better.


rbergman 2009-03-23 16:08:17 -0500 Report

It seems to me there is no one answer to your question, different "bugs" effect everyone differently. I've read of some blood sugars going down really low and others have really high readings while sick. When I had the stomach flu I had lower readings, when I had a head cold/flu I had higher readings. I also recently found out that due to a serious infection I have in my legs my readings are extremely high and will only go down after we get rid of the infection, unfortunately there is no quick fix, nor an antibiotic that will "cure" the type of infection that I have, so for now I am doomed with readings between 200-250 most days and nights, given the fact I am on steroids now, they seem to be even higher…going to question doctor about this on Wednesday…
There are so many "bugs" out there it is really hard to say how they will effect blood sugar readings until they start doing it sadly. I always log when I'm sick or my daughter is sick to show why readings are abnormal because otherwise when the doctors ask why you had a 300 for instance, I can look in the journal and tell them exactly why instead of trying to remember a date and time in my head between appointments.

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