I feel like diabetes has turned me into a child. I need to learn how to do basic things again. Today, I’m learning how to have the flu!
Yesterday I started feeling groggy. I nearly fell asleep in the car, because I was too tired to get out of it and walk into my house! I had a sore throat. My sugar levels are higher. This morning I woke up with dripping nose and yellow mucous (always delightful). My body has been aching. I’m the only secretary at work at the moment, so I can’t take any sick leave. I decided I needed to be proactive.
I went to the doctor, who took it very seriously indeed! She’s prescribed me an antibiotic, a painkiller (I’m going to save it for my period, because I don’t need it now), an antihistamine and pseudoephedrine pill for my sinuses, and a nasal spray. Like the good diabetic I have learned to be, I’m not taking her word for it that these things are safe for me and am googling the side effects. Turns out the antihistamine and pseudoephedrine pill will raise my sugars, although she’s given me the extended release version so it won’t spike (hence I’m considering adding a unit of Lantus).
I guess there’s nothing else to do, but stay warm, rest, drink plenty of fluids, watch the sugar levels and guess insulin doses. Wish me luck!