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Comment from: mary, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I have lost at least 100 pounds and have a problem with having a really dry mouth. I stay extremely thirsty and am up a lot during the night with going to the restroom and getting water. My urine has a funny odor to it and I am so tired lately. The last few days I have had a lot of pain in my back.

Comment from: jipsi27, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I have only had diabetes for 9 years, and to be honest never treated it as seriously as I should, taking insulin here and there, not worrying if I forgot it. However, at Christmastime last year I began losing a lot of weight, losing my appetite and going to the toilet more. I had almost forgot I had diabetes altogether and I was loving the weight loss, until 5 weeks ago. My legs were aching and I was so tired. I felt really frail, had terrible heartburn and a severe pain in my back that I could hardly breathe. My husband took 1 look at me and rushed me straight to the hospital. I had diabetic ketoacidosis. I was in hospital for a few days having to be totally hydrated again, as all I was skin and bones. I had drips everywhere ad my veins had collapsed so the nurses were taking blood from my feet. I am fine now but still recovering, and it has given me the biggest scare of my life. My husband now makes sure I take at least 5 blood readings a day and all insulin and tablets are taken at correct times. I will never take my diabetes i such a nonchalant way again.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I had a very dry mouth and I woke up in the night to drink water. I started vomiting and I thought I caught the flu from my kids. Oops. Three days in ICU.

Comment from: Brett, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

I tend to be very sensitive to diabetic ketoacidosis. I have been hospitalized 9 times for this. The past 3 ER visits, my BS were only 250-350. Both the ambulance attendants and ER staff shrugged off my concerns of DKA stating that my sugar was not high enough to put me in DKA. I was vomiting so violently that I had ripped my stomach and throwing up blood. After blood work at the ER it was diagnosed as DKA and showed a high level of acetones.

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