Ketoacidosis and T1D – Part 3

Please read part 1 and part 2 of this story. This part will be about coming back home! I was so happy to leave the hospital at Monday evening, it’s a sad place to be even though all the nurses did such an amazing job for me. I’m starstruck for what they do, true heroes!

The only thing I can complain about is the hospital food, I mean the kitchen has one task, to cook for the patients and they don’t manage to get it right more than half of the times… Seriously. My food was supposed to be without any grain or starches and that was apparently a bit difficult to handle. On top of that I didn’t have the confidence to ask for extra fat, so the food was just terrible.

Maybe that was one of the reasons my gut totally broke just before I was heading home. Gut pain and diarrhea. It was horrifying and kept me in bed for three extra days keeping my blood glucose levels high since I wasn’t able to be active at all. The energy level was very low. But reading about the side effects of the potassium pills that I continued to take, 1/1000 persons get gut pain and diarrhea from them. I was one of them of course. So we called the hospital to seek advice and they said I could take half the dose. But I couldn’t even do that so I just skipped them.

When re-visting the nurse at Thursday I was supposed to test my potassium levels but the doctor had no time to do it, looked at me and said I was fine anyways. Okay, that’s one way to do it. I’ll hope my levels are okay now since I just refuse to take those pills! This Friday was the first day I felt almost normal in the gut.

So now when the gut is healed and I manage to get enough energy through the food I have the possibility to be slightly active again! I’ve managed a few walks, the one at Sunday felt very good. I have also introduced very light yoga training almost everyday and it is so nice to properly stretch and use the body again.

I also have better levels of blood glucose now when I’m not stuck in bed all day. So finally I feel recovered (I’m writing this on Monday 12 September). I will now gather some higher energy levels and try to understand how my blood glucose levels behave before I head back to work at Wednesday after being sick for over three weeks.

What a journey…

/Cecilia

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2 thoughts on “Ketoacidosis and T1D – Part 3

  1. You probably already know this, but just in case you don’t, get and read Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. It is the absolute bible for T1D’s. I know I’ve been a T1D for 51 years and eating LCHF, because of Dr. Bernstein, for 12 years. It saved my good eye and my life. Good luck Cecilia

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