What a lovely sentiment Joni, it has indeed been helpful to read about others experiences. I count myself lucky that as drastic as my DKA was, things could have been far worse.
I threw a surprise birthday get-together for my partner Jason to both thank him for his support and to let everyone we knew, know what a wonderful man he is :)
So a month on and I'm still sleeping a lot and eating a little. bg levels are yo-yoing but the Lantus is still being adjusted. I'm walking again and building up my strength. I was quite chuffed with myself for managing to visit my Nan about a mile away, had to have a break half way and was knackered the next day mind, but it was so nice to get out of the house and regain some of my independence.
I've started Amitriptyline for the nerve damage and keeping myself occupied with various crafts and a touch of cleaning, however shuffling around on my bum with the hoover is certainly more amusing than the way I used to do it :)
Very interesting and cautionary thread.
Glad you're here, Gracey, and hope your husband joins us as well. Please feel free, both of you to ask questions and again, welcome! You're in the right place!
@Gracey, believe it or not he will be ok. What is now important is he needs a Endocrinologist also a Certified Diabetes Educator. As time moves on he will also need a Podiatrist and some other specialist. Educating yourselves about how to live with this disease is very important....I'm also happy you found this website, here you have the experts (those of us who live with this disease).
I went through dka last year, I was in the icu for 4 days and my vision went totally blurry after fluid and insulin treatment.. I lost both my close and far focus ability, it was a terrifying experience. No one really gave me any clear explanation of what was going on other than that there was sugar in my lenses from the high bg preceding dka and it would take time for it to resolve.. it did resolve but my vision has not gone back to normal and it fluctuates with my bg if I go low it gets blurrier if I go high the same. But there was a lot of improvement and it took about 2-3 months.. my rx changed twice in that time and my eye doc was surprised he said. 1- he said he had never seen anyone loose both close and far focus and then told me later he was surprised I had improved so much and so quickly. Your husband should go to an opthamologist and a retinologist also just to make sure there was no damage to his retina from high bg or from dka( I doubt he spent most of his life at 200-300 bg because he would have had symptoms and complications and someone would have diagnosed him with bg that high). I didn't have high bg for a long period, maybe 2-3 months at most.
The most important thing is to keep his bg in a normal range, which means as close to 80-90 as possible. After dka your whole body goes into a shock and your bg may bounce around more than normal, so it may take time to get to a more normal range. I didn't have any feeling of hypoglycemia when I got to 80's to 90's range, I just felt more normal again finally, my highest bg reading was 363 that I know of when I entered the er, and I was already in dka at 279, so I didn't have sky high bg although I certainly was very out of it by the time I got to the er. I was seeing flashing lights, my mental capacity was diminishing rapidly and I was probably close to coma- my blood gases were 5 by that point.
Anyway, you are at the right place, you can get lots of help and information here while he recovers. He needs to take it easy for a while. Just watch out for symptoms of dvt which would be pain & swelling in any of his limbs( I had this while in the icu and was released with it only to return the next day) and make sure to follow up with all his appointments and blood work. I would recommend reading some books too, dr Bernstein's book the diabetes solution and Using Insulin should help a lot. This really is alot to handle, your husband is lucky to have you to help him transition through this. Things are going to get easier over time, just hang in there. :)
No DKA for me, but blurry vision immediately before diagnosis - it's what ultimately sent me to the doc. After my BG was under control, the blurry vision resolved, but it took a few weeks before it felt like what it was before the fun began.
I forgot to say that what saved my sanity during my hospital stay and the weeks after was to use different strengths of reading glasses. I was able to see with them... I also got two very expensive graduated lenses, but I hated them and returned them both.. the first was really necessary though as I was unable to see at that point, and one bifocal which I still have but also cannot adjust to. The reading glasses work best for me. He might want to use reading glasses till his vision adjusts which it will eventually.