i love the question mark after "hypo"! excellent.
The new TV show "Do No Harm" has the lead man being type 1 diabetic (not his alter ego, though). He is a highly regarded surgeon (brain surgeon?) and tells his boss that he cannot work nights because of his diabetes. (this is his cover to keep his alter ego from the hospital that he works because he switches to the alter at 8:25pm every night)
In addition, one episode the alter DOES get to the hospital and attempts to perform surgery on a patient, planning malicious activity. They have to test his glucose before he does the surgery as routine check points. He registers at 315 and the nurses and doctors in the room have to hold him down because he's going into a diabetic seizure. I don't know about you, but I've been over 500 several times without going into ketoacidosis, let alone into a full blown seizure.
Maybe I'M the strange one.
Yep, I saw that too. I don't know which was worse, the portrayal of Diabetes or of DID (Dissasociative Identity Disorder). But hey, at least they gave him insulin not juice!
Marps your not the only one! At diagnosis I was nearing 800 and not in full blown DKA yet. Crazy huh, lol.
What IS full-blown DKA? Maybe I have never had it? at diagnosis 45 years ago I was dehydrated and used the bathroom a lot, but those were the only symptoms I had. I think I may have had DKA when I was hospitalized for pnuemonia,in 1981. I heard it mentioned; and I did have a slow insulin drip in the ER, but I was so sick from the pneumonia it was hard to separate the illnesses. Is "full-blown DKA" when you get nauseous with stomach pains?: Yeah I have had that once when I missed a bolus ( kinked cannula) for a high carb meal and was not able to change out the set, and had no syringes with me. Yeah that was pretty Yuck...
I do not know about ther character on "Do no Harm", but I generally have so little energy at 315 that I could not attempt to do any good nor harm. And unless that 315 is a brief unfortunate spike, all I want to do when that high is sleep and urinate!! Diabetes affects us all differently; and neither it nor other numerous medical conditions receive an accurate portrayal, on a routine basis, in movies/TV.
Just enough info to "keep the story going."
I dont know lol maybe and shame on me its not an ACCURATE description, I just think DKA, and nearly comatose. Or maybe at the time of my diagnosis, it had been coming on for so long, I just didn't realize I felt as BAD as I did. But It just kinda and not that I'm doubting it, people who say they've been in DKA at 300 or so. I will freely admit in the past I've let all control go out the window, and while yes I might be peeing more, but for me, and of course we know everyone is different but for me I've never even considered myself being anywhere near DKA at 300. Guess its different for all for us.
The way I think about... spilling some ketones is not full-blown DKA. Having to pee because bg is too high, is not in itself full-blown DKA either.
I remember in the weeks before I went into deep DKA peeing a lot, and being thirsty all the time, but for most of that time I don't think I was in full-blown DKA.
A couple tell-tale signs of "full-blown DKA" from my experience 31 years ago: "Ketotic breath" (may smell like alcohol). "Hypertachycardia" (fast pulse all the time). "Deep gasping breathing" aka "Kussmaul respiration" (which I actually remember not so much as deep breathing, but rapid gasping, feeling like I was never breathing deep enough.)