Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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So I'm a diabetic novice. I've had this for about 1.5 years now and there are a lot of things I haven't had to deal with yet. Ketones for instance. This got me thinking about how I've never been really sick (since diagnosis that is) so haven't had to deal with sick day ketone management.

Here is my question: When do you check for ketones? I have the strips! I just need to know when it's important for me to check. Let me know what you do!

Side Note: I took a massage basics class on Sunday and loved it. I'm going to apply and hopefully start the 15 month program to get certified and licensed in the spring! I'm so excited. :)


At 9:32 AM, Blogger Kerri. said...

My docs at Joslin told me to test for ketones whenever my bloodsugar is over 240 mg/dl or I'm sick. But since I've switched to a low carb diet and I'm at the gym, I test whenever I have that "high mouth" chalky bit going on and a backache, which is usually my indicator that something is up.

Basically, I love to pee on things. Or so it would seem.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger julia said...

I check Olivia if she's over 250 or if she's pukey but with normal bg readings.

We have a Precision Extra meter (aka The Vampire) to check for ketones. It gives a more current reading than the pee strips, which are about 6 - 12 hours behind. The ketone blood strips are Holy High Co-pays, Batman, expensive, though. $20 for 10 strips.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Allison said...

I can usually tell when I have ketones, kind of like how I can tell when I'm low: I feel nauseated, my legs hurt, and I'm more thirsty than normal. These symptoms usually occur when I'm higher than 340. That's normally when I test for ketones, though not always. Sometimes I just high bolus and drinking diet soda until I feel better.

I also test every 2 hours until I don't have them anymore.

The last time I got sick (in October), I decided to test. My blood sugar was normal, but I did have ketones, so I guess it is a smart idea to test because you never know. You could have ketones and not feel anything.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Tekakwitha said...

Thanks everyone! I'm obviously not testing for ketones as often as I should. Just another new habit to form. :)


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At 3:03 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

We check Brendon if he's over 300 or when he has a stomach virus. So far the only time he's had ketones was when he had a stomach virus.

At one point we took him to the ER just to get some glucose intravenously because he couldn't keep anything down which meant he'd get too low, but in order to eliminate ketones, we would need to dose him...Catch 22 at its finest.


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