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   Posted 3/29/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sick.

I started out with a cold (mildly elevated bs levels) and now have a fever and am vomiting. My bs is HIGH for me ... around 180. NO energy to lower it w/exercise and I don't take meds so I can't do anything there either.

Got any advice?

I'm going to bed but will check in later.
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age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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   Posted 3/29/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh Ruth, I'm really sorry you're so sick.  sad The only advice I can offer is to have some chicken soup without a lot of noodles or no noodles, just maybe celery, parsley, onions.  Or just drink the broth.  You need to have something in your stomach that's easy to keep down.  Warm tea with lemon.  Be careful of the ingredients of any cold medicine you take - I'm sure you know that.  Benedryl (just the antihistamine) will help the sniffles and let you sleep, too.  Forget the exercise tonight.  Hope you feel better.


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   Posted 3/30/2007 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ruth
I hope you are feeling better by now- I would suggest that you stay as hydrated as possible esp with the vomiting. Can you drink ginger tea? ginger ale (diet)? Ginger always calms down my stomach. Chamomile calms down the intestine and peppermint does too. I can only drink them when I'm sick.  How about yogurt? If you get the low carb type, you 'd get some protein and probiotics.
That's what I did the last time I was sick- if it's any consolation to you- I took my medicine- but lost it before it had the chance to doo any good sad My BG did go up- but started to come down again as soon as I was able to hydrate and eat my yogurt.
Good luck!
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   Posted 3/30/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your suggestions. I just got back from the doctor and have a prescription for stuff called Tamiflu ... supposedly it will shorten the duration. Also a suppository to quell the vomiting.


I sent Son #3 out for diet ginger ale. The doctor said pretty much what you guys did ... hydrate myself, and then do it some more.

So. Off to the couch with a class of diet Sprite right now ...
Cheers -


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

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   Posted 3/30/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Aw, Ruth,
Sorry you are under the weather. The vomiting usually is a signal that it's a stomach virus or food poisoning. Don't let the barfing go on too long because you can run into electrolyte problems. If you're not able to keep anything solid down then Gatorade is a good choice. Tiny sips at room temp. This will help keep your potassium and sodium levels right.

Also, if you can face one, a ripe banana will help stop diarrhea and offers the added benefit of lots of potassium. Let us know when you're feeling better.
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   Posted 3/30/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope you get to feeling better soon, Ruth. I have all the same advice the other have given. You may want to try soda crackers when you get back into solid foods. They're of no nutritional value but they are a benign/bland initiation back into real food. I find a few just help my tummy adjust before I ask it to process something "harsher" (raw veg, meat, etc.).

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