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4sons
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   Posted 12/16/2006 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Greetings all ...

I've been stricken by a seasonal cold and while I know it will pass, I'm pretty snorky at the moment. I read the "colds and flu" link posted elsewhere and will be picking up some zinc (25 mg) this morning to pop a couple times a day. Until I can get my hands on the right doseage (I only could find 50 mg last night) I'm wondering if any of you take over the counter stuff.

Thanks!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/16/2006 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Snorky... I like that word. I usually use 8 to 12 hr nasal spray and dextromethorphan/guifenisen cough mixtures. That's about it. The oral decongestants and antihistamines are problematic to my thyroid meds and blood pressure. Call your doctor's office and see which over the counter meds they recommend for diabetics.

You should check your blood sugar more often when ill because sometimes the fever can mess with your numbers. If you have no appetite all day you should usually consume at least one regular soda pop or glass of juice to make up for missed meals. And as always, wash your hands a kabillion times a day to prevent spreading it to your family, run your toothbrush through the dishwasher or buy a new one, push fluids, rest a lot, chicken noodle soup and diet ginger ale to settle your tummy when all the snorkiness gets swallowed. Take care.
~ Jeannie

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4sons
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   Posted 12/16/2006 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Ooooooooh, thanks Jeannie!! I'm actually scared of food right now ... my levels are high for me and I think based on my diet/exercise they should be lower! I may make some chicken soup though. That DOES sound good.

I found a lozenge that has C and the right level of zinc in it. I'm about to commence with the pill popping. scool
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/16/2006 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
High sugars aren't such a problem for a few days while you are running a fever and your lymphatic system is kicking into overdrive to produce antibodies. You need the glucose to fire the furnace and kill bugs. The elevated temperature increases the mobility of your leukocytes and makes an uncomfortable environment for the germs. After all, they moved in and loved it at 98.6º so 100º is not so desirable to them. Taking aspirin or acetametaphen or another antipyretic to lower your temperature just slows down your body's defense system and makes the bugs happy again...

The thing you should be watching for when you are sick is lows. Peeps on meds need to be careful of lows because what may look like a nice nap could be a diabetic coma from low blood sugar.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Phishbowl
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   Posted 12/16/2006 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I avoid taking anything if I can help it. Like Jeannie, my thyroid meds don't like most oral decongestants, cough syrups, et al, and my body doesn't respond well to most drugs (I can do without the palpatations & anxiety :(
Fluids, and more fluids and lots of rest, too. As far as my sugar levels go when I'm sick...I allow anything up to 5 points higher than what my "normal" is, to be acceptable.
I stay away from mucus-producing foods like dairy, too. A glass of milk will choke ya if you can't breathe through your nose :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"


VegasHill
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   Posted 12/31/2006 2:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been going through the same thing...it sucks...anyway went to my dr because my ears were hurting too...she said tylenon multi-symptom allergies is good for diabetics...
Hilary
 
 
"The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book"
         -Walt Whitman

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