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<p>I just got word that my 26 year old sister is in the ICU at the hospital from diabetic acidosis.  She's in a coma.  I'm really scared for her, this sounds awful.  And she's a 7 hour drive away, I can't even get up there right away to see her. </p>
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<p>Does anyone have any experience with such a thing?  If so, what can you tell me about it?</p>
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<p>Oh Clare.  This is very serious.  They have to rehydrate her and immediately regulate her inuslin.  Then they have to hope that they got to her in time before there is any damage to organs.</p>
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<p>You're all in my thoughts... hang in there.</p>
 

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<p> It can be very serious,,, That given, my mother is a very brittle diabetic and has goen through many insulin shocks and diabetic coma or two. She is  95 and in hospice now  but has lived through much much more and for longer than any of us really ever expected.   I hope your sister is okay.</p>
 

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<p>Dude. <br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jensparks</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69468/diabetic-coma#post_1933617"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>best wishes to your sister & your family.  ((Clare))</p>
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<p>Thanks, you guys<strong>. </strong> I spoke with my dad first thing this morning and she's doing a bit better.  Still in a coma and they're trying to get her sugar levels better.  They're supposed to be between 4 and 6 and they're up at 26 right now.  They're doing some testing on her organs to see what, if any, damage has been done.  *sigh*  At least she's in the best place she can be right now.  They're looking after her very well.  Just wish I was there to see her.</p>
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<p>RaisingArizona, that's positive about your mom.  It's scary stuff, that's for sure. </p>
 

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<p>Hang in there.</p>
 

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<p>{{clare}}  Not much to add here.  I'm assuming she didn't know she had diabetes?  I was lucky that I caught on that something wasn't right and they were able to get me on insulin before my blood sugar levels got so that high. </p>
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<p>Keeping my fingers crossed that there wasn't any organ damage.</p>
 

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<p>Notey, she was diagnosed with diabetes when she was only 14.  She'd gotten really sick that time, too, and they weren't sure why but it didn't take long to figure it out.  Since then she's had a rough time trying to regulate things.  She couldn't even walk for a while because of the nerve damage in her legs and feet.  But she's a tough girl and she managed to come around.  I hope she can recover quick from this.</p>
 

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<p>Do they have any idea why her bs levels got so high?  Was she not taking her insulin or she just has a tough time regulating herself?</p>
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<p>I guess I'm really lucky because regulating myself has been so easy for me.</p>
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<p>My thoughts and hopes are with her and you, of course.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title="">  (as close to a regular smiley as we have)</p>
 

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<p>Well, she'd been sick for a few days.  Run down with a bad cold or flu or something.  Sleeping a lot, not eating well.  And likely missed a dose of insulin here and there.  She likely felt she could keep a good handle on it on her own, but it caught up to her.  There may have been something more to it but the docs aren't saying for sure yet.  I know she's always had a tough time regulating things for some reason.</p>
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<p>Thanks for all the good thoughts and such, everyone.  : )</p>
 

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<p>Sorry to hear about your sister Clare - I hope she gets well soon.  I had a co-worker who's diabetic friend was always putting himself in the hospital because he didn't regulate his insulin levels well.  It didn't seem to affect him much.  I hope your sister is equally resilient. </p>
 

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<p>((Clare))</p>
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<p>((Clare's sister))</p>
 

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<p>T&Ps for your sister!</p>
 

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<p>  Glad she is  holding her own.  Keep us posted on how she does.</p>
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<p> I know that the kids I work with that have  diabetes  have whacky sugar levels  that spike up when they are getting a flu or cold. It is tough to regulate when the body is working hard to fight off an infection which uses more energy than we realize, </p>
 
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