My general practitioner Lynn Denny worked me in at 2 pm today to get to the bottom of the blood sugar issue. It was over 400 in her office. She ran blood work, and I tinkled in a cup to check for Ketons. If your cells don’t get enough glucose, your body burns fat for energy instead. This produces a substance called ketones, which can show up in your blood and urine. High ketone levels in urine may indicate diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication of diabetes that can lead to a coma or even death. My keton level concerned her so she is sending me to the emergency room. She also says I am dehydrated.
We discussed my bone pain. I look like an old lady walking because it hurts so bad. Just the usual take Tylenol. Wonder how long before I OD on Tylenol? She spent almost two hours with me going over medications and effects of each. She feels the blood sugar is also a result of the steroids. I guess at least everyone is in agreement on that.
Joy of joys I have my first ever yeast infection in my life as well. A side effect of the high powered antibiotic they had me on while my white blood cell count was so low. She is calling in medication for that. I do not know how people live with getting those frequently. It is an entire new level of misery that I will be kind and not share about here. Let just say giving birth was preferable.
I leave the doctor and pick up my husband because she said she wasn’t sure if they would keep me or not. We stop at Walgreen’s for the prescription that she called in. They don’t have it and have to order it. No big surprise there. I hate Walgreen’s and will be moving pharmacies this week.
When I get to the emergency room my doctor had called ahead. This is the fastest in my life I have been processed and taken back in an emergency room. The staff at Coliseum Emergency were very good to me.
More blood work and urine in a cup. It would be nice if these people were able to share information instead of repeating work. But it is what it is.
I required two bags of fluids and an insulin shot. When I left they had my blood sugar down to 258. We left at 8:45 pm. A nice long day to make sure I wasn’t feeling neglected by medical staff. As always, I try to find some humor to keep me positive. They had to run part of my blood work twice. The first results came back saying I was pregnant. I had a hysterectomy in 2010! Apparently certain chemo medications can cause those results. Sorry guys, I’m not pregnant so we aren’t getting tabloid rich.
I will have to take insulin every night while in chemo treatment. I follow up with my general practitioner in one week. Thanks for the prayers, the sharing of my blog and the support from you all. I cannot begin to explain what it means to me.