I need help

donna13
By donna13 Latest Reply 2010-01-18 21:04:21 -0600
Started 2010-01-18 12:49:12 -0600

I'm a T2 so am not familar with T1 symptoms. My nephew at age 15 went into a coma after he had the flu. One doctor walked into his room and said there was a sweet odor - he knew it was diabetes from that. Today I was talking to my daughter on the phone, and she said something to her 16 year old son about his shoes not being dry yet. Then she told me that his basketball shoes are so stinky she makes him leave them on the back porch. She said they have a weird smell, sweet. I related the story about her cousin and suggested she have Zach tested for diabetes. Not surprisingly she sounded upset at what I said. Did I over-react? Is there a sweet odor to diabetes? I'm feeling bad that I upset her, and her husband is a doctor so I'm sure she will discuss this with him. But I know sometimes doctors are not the best at caring for their own families. I feel if I drop this and there is something to it, I'll never forgive myself. Yet I don't want to unnecessarily bug them about this. Any suggestions?


9 replies

alanbossman
alanbossman 2010-01-18 21:04:21 -0600 Report

Hi Donna, I agree with Spiritwalker you did what you thought was right. Besides you never know maybe he has either a foot odor or diabetes. better to know now its either smelly or worse diabetes.
Alan

Elrond
Elrond 2010-01-18 21:03:35 -0600 Report

Just as a possibility, sweat could carry the sweet odor and that could collect in the shoes. IMHO, it wouldn't be a bad idea to check things, just for peace of mind.

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2010-01-18 15:51:18 -0600 Report

Some people with diabetes have a "fruity" smell to their breathe. That is what the Doctor referred to when he made
his statement. You did what you thought was best to help
your family. Many people have foot problems which cause
odors. I personally don't know of any connected with diabetes.

ptsparkle
ptsparkle 2010-01-18 15:20:59 -0600 Report

You may be right, but either way, your daughter should not be upset with you for suggesting the possibility. I know myself and my kids when growing up, sure did have stinky feet, but they
sure weren't sweet!!!
Jim

BBond
BBond 2010-01-18 13:36:12 -0600 Report

You are right and it may very well save his life. You may want to check back in a couple of weeks to see if they checked him out but please don't be too pushy. It is on them now.

BBond
BBond 2010-01-18 13:36:12 -0600 Report

You are right and it may very well save his life. You may want to check back in a couple of weeks to see if they checked him out but please don't be too pushy. It is on them now.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-01-18 13:01:52 -0600 Report

Sounds like the 15 year old has diabetic ketoacidosis. One of the symptoms of that is the sweet odor mentioned, some call it fruity some say it's like nail polish remover. It's basically a side effect of the body not using carbohydrate for energy, it shouldn't transfer to things like shoes. From what you say the one who was diagnosed had all the hallmarks of DKA, flu like symptoms, but dehydration that flu can cause can also cause DKA, the sweet breath, the diagnosis in hospital.

I wouldn't worry too much about the other kid, wet, stinky shoes are all part of growing up and playing sports!

donna13
donna13 2010-01-18 13:09:57 -0600 Report

I know that stinky shoes are part and parcel of raising boys (I raised 3), but my daughter has 4 boys and for her to comment on the unusual smell made me worry.