(A continuation of my last post about my ER visit. I apologize if I overlapped info here)
I have read a lot about ketone testing but can’t seem to quite grasp exactly what I should do. I just recently started testing for them, and have only done it twice. Once after my sugar had been above 250 all day, and another being last night and today after being sick with a fever, high blood sugar and then going to the ER to be on the safe side.
I just posted about my ER visit but I’ll shorten down to the ketones here: I tested last night, moderate. Drank water (sugar was not going down no matter what I was doing, coasting around 200-250). Tested later, trace amounts. Tested again negative.
I drank more and more water. Tested again and large amounts showed up. Then I had a bout of diarrhea so I knew I needed to go to the ER. I was drinking my weight in water and it wasn’t enough.
How often do you need to test, and how long do they stay in your body? If I test and end up negative but they come back, but I’m not vomiting and can keep down fluids, should I bother with the hospital? I worry about dehydration and know how fast DKA can happen. But if I know I can drink fluids all day and I can get hydrated, is it something to worry about?
I was told today in the ER (the ketones came back negative there, but I had IV fluids by the time my urine sample was taken), that I shouldn’t worry as long as I can keep fluids down. Since I have a viral infection, my sugars will run higher but if I rest and stay hydrated I should be fine.
But if I test positive for ketones and they go away, then come back, isn’t that of concern? I’m not sure. I don’t want to run to the ER every single time just to get IV fluids while this virus runs its course. Any clarification would help! thanks!