I woke up early the other morning to study for an exam and found myself running to the bathroom to throw up. I would drink a huge glass of water and every time I drank any liquids I threw up. I checked my sugars and my pump said "High >600." Never have I been above 500 in my life and had no idea what was going on. I did 5 units of insulin just to kick start any insulin in me. I was getting dizzy and unable to stand for long time. I decided to skip out on going to school and went straight to the ER. The doctor was unable to get a reading due to my sugars being so high, after a few hours and insulin kicked in, my sugar was able to be recorded at 739. The doctor informed me my sugars were most likely above 1000 and he has never seen someone this high that has not been in a coma.

I am truly lucky I caught on to what was happening with my sugars and I did not allow myself to lay back down since it was 5am. We still have no idea what caused the rapid dangerous high. My sugars came down and were 300-400 the rest of the day and the following day. I changed my pump site, new insulin, everything and nothing budged my sugars. I kept my basal increased by 50%, and that barely brought me down to low 300s. Randomly my sugars plummeted and went back to normal after 24 hrs of scary highs and I removed the temporary basal. I checked my sugars every hour last night to make sure I didn't sky rocket or plummet out and was able to keep my sugars between 75-113.

Just venting! Never in my life have I had such a high number and I can truly tell you it was the worst feeling in the world. I was unable to hold any fluids down, I could barely see due to blurry vision, was unable to stand without losing balance. But I am back to normal now with perfect sugars!!!! Most random crazy scary high ever. I pray to never ever have that happen again.

Oh for the record did not spill any ketones or DKA throughout all of this! The hospital gave me a shot of 15 units and gave me fluids in an IV, 5 hours later I was finally down to 300. Which to me IS STILL really high, but definitely an improvement from 1000-739.

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Comment by Natalie ._c- on February 16, 2011 at 5:15pm
I had a coma last September, and all I know is that I was over 600. And I agree with you, I NEVER want to do THAT again!!!!

I am very glad you made it to the ER, and they treated you, and it all turned out OK. The reason you didn't have ketones or DKA is because you had enough insulin in you to prevent it, but not enough to bring down the high BGs. If you had let it go on longer, you would surely have started spilling ketones and DKA would eventually have set in. It was probably a good thing you took those 5 units immediately, even if it wasn't enough to bring you down.

Glad we're both alive! :-)
Comment by Maya Powell on February 16, 2011 at 5:59pm
that sounds like the s***tiest thing that could ever happen EVER. yikes.
Comment by Kat D on February 16, 2011 at 8:10pm
Big Big hugs come your way - what a scarey event. You were brave and your experience should be motivating to us all to just hang in there and be grateful for each and every day. I send healing, loving energy your way.
Comment by Gerri on February 16, 2011 at 8:11pm
Frightening! Thank heavens you went to the ER & amazing you remained conscious. I passed out at 809 & was DKA. Glad you're ok!

Did you correct using injections?
Comment by latvianchick on February 16, 2011 at 11:37pm
Wow! You were lucky in that you did not go into DKA! I got to 43 mmols and had all the symptoms you describe. My carers kept insisting that I had been drinking alcohol because they could smell it! (My poison at the time would have been vodka, which does not smell!). I was hallucinating in between vomitting into a bucket beside my bed. Was "watching" some really weird adverts on the telly - which was off! Or, trying to work out the lay out of a house with the "aid" of plans, which I could not, and kept getting lost!

I eventually was taken to the hospital and the carers insisted again that I had been drinking. While they were testing me for alcohol (which was zero, of course!) a man who was a Diabetologist walked into the ward, sniffed, pointed at me and said "That one has diabetes!" He is one of the few people who can smell the difference between ketones and booze! Apparently I was half an hour from dying!

Apparently I had a chest infection, and it does seem that I go crazily high if I have a chest infection but thankfully have never had to go to hospital since. I had been originally diagnosed as Type 2 but it turned out that I was Type 1. The doctors caring for me came to me the next day demanding to know why I had not taken my insulin. I was not on insulin at the time!

Stress can also cause really bad highs. Perhaps the stress of exams and revision might have had something to do with yours.]

I too pray that you never go that high again! Hope you have recovered!
Comment by Brian (bsc) on February 17, 2011 at 6:13am
Good call on going to the ER.

You know, one of my favorite quotes is

Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general.
- Mark Rippetoe

You, Michelle Hoppe, are certainly a very strong person, and I bet you are also generally useful (you also seem pretty smart).
Comment by catlover on February 17, 2011 at 2:11pm
You are lucky that with your VERY high BS you had the smarts to get to the ER. That is very scary !!! Hope it never happens again.
Comment by Hismouse on February 17, 2011 at 2:15pm
OMG sweetie, I am so glad you are fine. Its good that something kept you from going into a coma. I wonder if you had some bug and din't know it and it caused all of this. Scary isn't event he right word!

Life has a reason for us all, and in our scary times and almost death, it is the reason were still here. be good to your self and take care:)


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