There was an unpleasant experience with DKA for a relative and disappointed with health care providers. Almost like caution, warning for others. of potential negligence and malpractice.
A hospital advised that a grandparent was on last few days and any family should meet asap. Grandchild came over from Europe, who was T1 Diabetic, celiac, mid 20s female. Apparently grandparent lasted well over 2 few days infact eventually few months. Grand child visiting hospital every day and after 11th day complained about nausea and feeling unwell. She was taken into a day clinic, Doctor was told of T1, he said she’ll be fine and will recover in 24 hours and prescribed antibiotic and something for nausea and told her to drink lots of Gatorade. No blood or urine test taken. Next day morning, she was found unconscious and rushed to hospital, ambulance confirmed she had sugar reading of 36 max their meter could read. In emergency they confirmed she had DKA and later in that day/eve put her in ICU. Begs the question why the clinic doctor had not sensed anything to DKA 16 hours earlier. The doctors in ICU were seem to be hypothesizing what the trigger was and were claiming on a foreign trigger from another continent. Sugar reading was at 50 and then it would come to 35 and then it go back up to 50. Almost like they were experimenting. Eventually disease control results came back to a family of cold virus, no foreign trigger, but possibly norovirus and the doctors were so coy about exactly what it was. It was so suspicious about what the cause was. Almost like they were trying to hide an HAI, hospital acquired infection. They spent 6 days on the recovery when the average DKA recovery is a few days and she got severe scarring. Sadly, even after 4 years since this incident, she has never been normal and has had continuos gastro problems, affecting her normal life, cannot not work, gets tired quickly and is seeing specialists to try to help her.
Bottomline, T1s should be very weary of hospitals and unclean places and even health care personnel like doctors.