My Diagnosis Was A Complete Shock

Do you know what Diabetic Keto Acidosis (DKA) is? The Mayo Clinic describes it like this:

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones.

The condition develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin. Insulin normally plays a key role in helping sugar (glucose) — a major source of energy for your muscles and other tissues — enter your cells. Without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat as fuel. This process produces a buildup of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually leading to diabetic ketoacidosis if untreated.

I had been diagnosed with Type II diabetes some 10 years previously and had been treating it with diet, medication, and exercise. But a misunderstanding with my Primary Care Physician (PCP) led me to stop checking my Blood Glucose Levels (BGL). So when I was admitted to hospital for an unrelated infection, we discovered that my blood sugars were all out of whack. This led to me remaining in hospital for about a week while we managed to get my BGL within normal limits.

The result was my diagnosis of Type I Insulin-Dependent Diabetes, and a drastic change to my life.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Here’s something I like when my BGL allows: a cup of dark-roast coffee (Green Mountain Dark Magic is my current favorite), a packet of Swiss Miss White Chocolate mix, and a splash of French Vanilla creamer. And if my BGL doesn’t allow? That’s just the thing: both the Swiss Miss and the creamer come in sugar-free versions, so my BGL always allows!

Stay tuned for my next post, where I recommend a couple of diabetes-related mobile phone apps. Until then, I’m