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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/10/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
So I have been on TPN now for 9 days.  I was admitted into the hospital and had a picc line put in.  That had to be done 3 times to get it right.  Then they started the TPN and well needless to say if anything odd can happen, it will to me.  Within 2 minutes of the TPN going in I pretty much quit breathing.  The nurse was of course there, and she freaked out, started screaming for oxygen and help.  Everyone came running, the TPN was immeadiately shut off.  2 minutes later things were fine.  So 4 hours later the Dr. and the nurses were all in my room trying the TPN again with a huge push of benadryl 15 minutes before.  Everything went fine.  As a said, weird things seem to happen.  So 3 days later I was sent home to do the TPN at home.  It was a 24 hour continuous drip for a few days, but now I have it only for 12 hours at night.  That is so much better. 
My question is shouldn't I be feeling better by now.  I mean I was definately malnourished as the Dr. said.  But after 9 days with all these vitamins and minerals shouldn't I feel better?  And what can I do about my sugar levels sky rocketing and then plummeting.  I have never had that problem before. 
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   Posted 5/10/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on TPN for 5 1/2 months after a resection. My hubby had to add all kinds of stuff to the TPN,. insulin being one of them. I hadnt been on any insulin before. Now I am on it because of malabsorption issues. The tablets passed through undissolved. Do you add insulin to the TPN? Take Care.
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 5/10/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on TPN all last summer it takes a while to get built back up, it will come. Can you eat along with it????
Dx: Crohns 1987 probually had since 1982 resections in 1992 an 2002
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   Posted 5/10/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was on TPN they drew blood once a week to know how to and if my "recipe" needed adjustment. Maybe they need to do a blood draw more often to be able to find "the" receipe that doesn't cause so much fluctuation? I don't know since my blood sugar levels have never been a problem. knock, Knock, KNOCK!
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   Posted 5/10/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

The TPN solution contains a very high concentration of glucose. Your body will often times be able to regulate your blood glucose levels, but in some cases, while you are on TPN, your blood sugar levels may be elevated.

When you were in the hospital did they check your blood sugars daily using a glucometer.  I know that was our practice and not sure it is current.

Are you on insulin and if you have a high reading do you use insulin according to your BS reading?  You do not have to share this if you choose not to :)

9 days is not a long time to regain your strength and energy so please do discuss your concerns with your physician as I am sure you already are.

I will be thinking of you and sending gentle hugs your way.
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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 5/10/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Some meds can contribute to wacko sugar readings (I believe Entocort is one).

I hope your docs get this figured out for you!!! Keep us posted.


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