Having a Sick Day Plan in place is one of the D-Shoulds for me. You know, that list of things I’ve been told ALL PEOPLE WITH DIABETES SHOULD but somehow I kind of don’t always. You know, things like change my lancet before each finger-stick (hahahahaha), never walk around without shoes on (hmmmm), don’t treat off my CGM (right) and always always wear medical I.d. (even just around the house?). And always have a Sick Day Plan in place.
Errr, well. The thing is, I get a lot of colds. A lot. If someone even looks at me, I swear their cold germs rush over and take root in my system. It’s been like this ever since I can remember and I just deal. But I hardly hardly ever get a stomach virus. Almost never!! But yesterday was a different story.
When Pete’s alarm went off yesterday and I couldn’t drag myself out of bed, I just figured I was tired. I let myself sleep ( a perk of freelance / unemployment) and at 9 I finally got up and made some coffee. But when the coffee didn’t stay down, I realized what was gong on. And I thought about my Sick Day Plan. Or actually, my lack of one.
Luckily, I feel like I do know the basics through my interactions with the DOC. I knew to check for ketones (negative, yay!), keep a close eye on my blood sugars (70s - 130, yay!) and stay hydrated. By mid-morning I was able to keep down crackers and diet soda. I didn’t bolus for the crackers until I knew they would stay. And I had glucagon ready just in case things with my blood sugar went south. All in all, I’d say I did okay.
But still, I think I should probably add a Sick Day Plan to the list of things to talk over at my next endo appointment. Right? Do you have a formal Sick Day Plan in place? And if so, what does it include?