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Old 03-30-2017, 10:58   #1
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How do you deal with the challenge of controlling your diabetes when you are sick?

Do you just accept that your numbers are likely going to be higher until you get well?

Have you found any solutions?

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I will be interested in this topic too...

I have not gotten sick since being diagnosed with diabetes a year ago.

so I will read what others write from their experiences so I can be prepared when it eventually happens to me

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For me, I usually know quickly if I am getting sick because my bs numbers tend to get a bit higher than I am used to. One thing I have noticed is that I can get sicker quickly, if I don't deal with it in a timely manner, such as going to the doctor if there is an chance it is some sort of infection, like strep. The biggest thing I do though (with colds and flu) is to make an effort to stay hydrated no matter how I feel.

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Doc ragged on me to TEST MORE when sick. I was sick off and on since January and when my numbers start going up, it's a good bet that something isn't right. This last time was an ear infection I didn't even know I had.

I feel a bit like a hypochondriac, but if I get certain symptoms, I just go in to the clinic. Watch and wait has just been a disaster for me over and over.

Drink more because your numbers are up, so you will be more dehydrated. I found my numbers continued to be high about 2 weeks after I felt better. I have a history of slow healing, so that may be what's up with that.

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I notice it when my sugar drop low for day or 2 before I got sick. I knew something wrong with my body, then next day I was sick and my sugar go high after that and I barley eat anything or drink even I supposed to eat. So only I can do is try eat lowest carbs and drink lot lot lot of water.

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My sugar jumps significantly (though not dramatically) when I am ill, even when I have some significant trauma, like a sprained ankle or even a cut that requires stitches. I've been ill for the past month and on methotrexate, which makes me nauseous, and my A1c jumped from 5.3 to 5.5, which I thought was not bad in the circumstances.

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I keep an eye on my basal rate and often switch to a "sick day" pump profile when sick, as being ill, let alone dehydrated, can really throw off my blood sugar. I also make sure to test for urine ketones when I'm over 250.

Beyond that, I give myself permission to eat whatever stays down. I usually am gluten-free and watch my carbs, but especially when dealing with nausea/vomiting, I'll hit the saltine crackers hard and focus on getting better soon. In the grand scheme of things, if eating a sleeve or two of crackers gets me through the week, I don't see the harm.

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I'm just recovering from a 6 week bout of exacerbated asthma alongside a chest infection. I've had a double course of antibiotics, and the doc had the good sense not to also prescribe prednisone. I'm not infected anymore, but still struggling with the numbers.

My BGL has been all over the shop and I've been using Rapidcalc to tell me how much RA to have. I've found it to be super reliable. Alas, iPhone only. It helps.

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