Friday, December 16, 2011

Diabetes Makes Everything More Complicated

Oh my.

Sorry I've been kinda MIA lately.  I'm still playing catch-up.  I was totally out of commission from Thursday night till Monday.

I'll spare you all the gory details.  Let's just say this was the worst stomach flu I've had in a long, long time.  I haven't been so sick since I got food poisoning in high school (wound up in the hospital for that one).  Diabetes makes everything more complicated.

Lots of vomiting, some large ketones, and an ER trip later, I'm ever so glad to be back to my usual self.  Whew!

Now that it's over and done, I'm trying to focus on being thankful:
  • I'm thankful for my insulin pump, and the ability to reduce my basal insulin while vomiting to avoid going low.  Conversely, I am also thankful for the ability to increase basal insulin to combat large ketones.
  • I am also thankful for my blood ketone meter.  I was not able to ingest much liquid for a while, which makes peeing on a stick a little difficult.
  • CGM.  Oh, how I love thee!  I will do my best not to whine or complain about you for a while, since you worked so beautifully while I was sick.  Spot on the whole time.  Thank you.
  • I am thankful that my bgs stayed between 150 and 180 mg/dl the entire time I was sick.  So very thankful.
  • Although I did have to make an ER trip, I am thankful that was all that was required.  Not a hospital stay.  Whew.  Also, my ER nurse had a daughter-in-law with T1.  We chatted about pumps and stuff.  Diabetes is everywhere, yo.
  • My mom was on call, standing ready to come over or do whatever was needed.  Like making me chicken noodle soup, and running to the grocery store for jello and pudding.  And sleeping with her phone.  Thanks mom!

Last but not least, I am most thankful for my incredible husband.  This requires more than a bullet point.  Without Josh's diligent care, I definitely would have wound up in the hospital.  He was awake with me for almost 48 hours straight.  He ran to the store, crushed up ice for me to chomp, stayed home from work Friday so I wouldn't be alone.  Josh helped me change my reservoir and set (since I couldn't even really sit up), took me to the ER at 3:30 in the morning, and kept an eye on my CGM while I dozed in a medicated haze.
This was the sickest I've been since Josh and I have been together.  It was my first ER trip without my mom (and kudos to mom for letting go and letting Josh handle it all--I know that couldn't have been easy for her).  I am so thankful for all he did.  I would do the same for him in a heartbeat, for sure, but I am still just so grateful.  I feel so blessed to have such an amazing husband.  Thank you, Josh.

Something else to be thankful for: it's the weekend again!  And I'm not sick!  Yay!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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  1. We're thankful that Josh took such great care of you!
    Hugs to both of you.

  2. I. Was wondering where you were?! I've missed you :)

    Soooo. Glad to heard things ended well, and that hubby took such good care of you!

    We have seen the stomach flu with D...scariest...thing..ever.

    PS: I liked the page :) xo

  3. So glad you're finally feeling better! (P.S. I adore your new blog layout.) :)

  4. So happy to see you're back and feeling better! And major thanks to Josh for taking such good care of you!

  5. You are an amazing snot rocket. Normally I would call you a rock star, but to go with the illness factor... Yeah, I know. I need help.

  6. Glad you're feeling better sweetie! And shout out to the hubs for doing such a great job. YO JOSH!!

    And I liked your blog page too. :D

  7. Hi Jess,

    I'm so glad you're feeling better, and I'm glad Josh took such good care of you. Happy holidays!

  8. I love the seasonal blog layout. So pretty!

    I am glad you are feeling better because you know how much I missed our twitter, texting, and Skype sessions :D (I guess we talk a lot, don't we)

  9. Glad you're feeling better, Jess. Sorry to hear about the ER-necessity. You're right: insulin pumps do wonders when we're not well. I still managed to hover in the high 200s while sick, but at least it was consistent. And, Go Josh!!!!