In Repair

I'm not together, but I'm getting there.
-John Mayer

I haven’t been on in a long time, and a ton has changed with me since my last post. Unfortunately fortunate for me, I was in the hospital in the last semester of my freshman year of college due to diabetic complications. I was taking an antibiotic given to me by my family doctor which I had an allergic reaction to. It sent me into a wonderful couple of days of fever and nausea, and when my mother called my doctor, she was told to keep me on the medicine for a few more days to see if it would clear up. After I threw up for the fourth time that day, my mom told me not to touch it. At first, when my blood sugars started going haywire, I assumed it was the sickness I was taking the antibiotics for and adjusted accordingly. My blood sugars were under control, but my ketones wouldn’t go away. One night I asked my parents to take me to the emergency room because I I couldn’t lie in one position for too long or my stomach would be killing me. They wanted to wait another day, but I kept begging. Still, one more day, they said. That night, I found that if I was in the bathtub, I felt a little better, and it helped being next to the toilet. So during the remainder of that night, I kept climbing in and out of the bathtub, going in and out of consciousness. My mom found me in the bathroom, incoherent and mumbling something. My dad couldn’t lift me because I was dead weight, so they called an ambulance. Turns out that the antibiotic I was taking triggered my ketones and sent me into Ketoacidosis. Yum. So I was in the hospital for a few days, which I absolutely loathe with a passion. I hate being a patient in hospitals. I can work in them, but I hate not being able to leave or eat or drink something besides water. And I usually drop really low because no one pays attention or feeds me after I’ve had insulin. On the bright side, though, I found a new endocrinologist who is amazing and put me back on my pump straight away! Now, I have the amazing Paradigm 722, but not the constant glucose monitoring system because insurance won’t cover it. But that’s alright because I absolutely love it. And it’s pink! :slight_smile: I love being back on the pump. I’ll admit, I’m not the best with it and I was better a few months ago, but I’m starting to get back to it. Being Diabetic is hard. It’s not something that you’ll always do well with. I have to try every single day to do what I need to do, and sometimes I just don’t. It’s not that I forget or even that I do it on purpose, I just don’t do it. My last endocrinologist cracked me up once. She thought she knew why I wasn’t doing these things and asked my mom if I was sexually active. My mom said that she didn’t think so, and though she knows I am now, I wasn’t then. But my endocrinologist told my mom that the reason I’m not in control of my own body might be because I’m trying to get pregnant so that I will have a reason to take care of myself. HAHA! That’s not a reason. And I’m not suicidal or diabulimic either. I just have to work at it. Every day. With that being said, I’ve worked on it enough that my parents are willing to let me go down state for school now!

Purdue, here I come! :)

Thanks for reading, guys.

:heart: Kelsey

Wow Kelsey - antibotics caused you all of this crappola to hit you!!! Ehgads. I so LOVE your pink pump. Give it time and you’ll be an expert in no time using it. I’m going to send on your blog to my parents - because when I was a teenager I went into a coma for a few days (not because of what antiboitics - my own stupidity of trying to be NoRmAl"). I’m wondering if this is how I was with them when I was out of it - as we’ve never really talked about it. I just knew my Mum got alot of flack about my getting to the point I did - but my parents had trusted me to take care of my diabetes - and unfortunately - I let let them down - more so myself. I’m all grown up now tho’!!! Anyway, great blog post - great pics - you have an excellent attitude towards the big D!!!

Anna from Montreal - aka FatCatAnna at

One doctor does not think of the possibility of negative side effects of antibiotics. He does not even bother when you report that something is wrong. Even if the DKA was well underway before the medication. I do not get why this has not been ruled out or taken into consideration when the antibiotics where prescribed. Maybe I am expecting too much but Doctors are working with people - with us. Or the other doc. He has strange ideas about you forcing yourself into control by getting pregnant. That gets the first price for finding the most complicated answer to a simple question. Aaarg, I hope you are getting better.

The Paradigm is a good choice. It can act as your personal diary when you enter all your BG values into the bolus wizard. Then this data can be analysed for free on the minimed site. Furthermore you can export the data from the minimed site and upload it to our Glucosurfer project to share your diary with the TuCommunity. Other pumps are very restrictive and do not have this this very helpful data export.

nice post… it’s hard to do every day what we have to do… that’s right ! And sometimes we just say: “what the hell”… we are only human…
Take care…

I’m new here and just wanted to say hello :).I have been in the hospital with DKA and it was no fun.It also felt like the nurses had no clue about diabetes.They would give me insulin and i would go low and it would take them forever to get me sugar and or they wouldnt pay attention to me.I’m glad you are feeling better!

It’s been a long time since I’ve said hello. But I’m glad you have a blog that I can just check up on!

I guess what’s important is that some good things came out of this experience. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger (and a little pissed off). I’m really excited that you’re going to a new school… very exciting stuff. Pump technology seems to have become a little more impressive, since I stopped using mine 4 years ago. At the very least, it’s become more colorful!

I’m glad you made it through this experience. Doctors can’t know as much about your body as you do.
Take care of yourself!