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How Dka Scared Me Into Shape

Three days before I went into diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) , I walked off a plane and into a dirty Tex Mex bar in the Dallas Airport. I had a two-hour layover and I was in pain: a sore throat, unquenchable thirst and a headache that felt like my brain was planning to escape via my left temple. I wanted the pain to go away and quickly, but the various over-the-counter meds Id gobbled in-flight had yet to help. So I stumbled into a brightly lit bar, with a menu full of booze and egg frittatas, looking for a cure. I wanted a drink to work the way you read about it working in books a magic potion that clears away the dust of a bad day. It didnt matter that alcohol made me fuzzy with bad decisions and sent my blood sugar bouncing. I needed a quick fix. I ordered and the bartender slid me a mimosa proving everything was indeed bigger in Texas. I took a sip and my throat yelped in pain. My tongue fizzled and burned and my entire body asked me if I was kidding myself. Tears clouded my vision and my headache thumped like the bass in an EDM song. I shoved the drink back after a painful sip or two. The bartender looked up, confused. Its not helping, I told him. I could not longer medicate my Continue reading >>

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  1. Shama

    I was diagnosed as t1 four weeks ago. I was admitted to hospital with BGLs of 19 and ketones were 5.5, so I was DKA.
    I spent 24 hours in emergency while they brought down my ketones to zero then spent another 8 days in hospital getting stabilised and learning how to inject insulin etc.
    My question is: how long does it take to fully recover from DKA? I went back to work yesterday and was exhausted after 7 hours (including a short lunchbreak). I deliberately didn't do very much; just got through my backlog of emails and did a bit of reading. When I got home, I perked up a bit after dinner. Today, it was the same at work but tonight I am SO tired I can barely walk and I can't do *anything* other than sit and watch tv. I can't keep doing this. I need to be able to function at least a bit in the evenings, and this is without me doing my usual job of answering complex (and long) phone calls and emails. Is this normal??
    I wasn't in a coma (I walked into emergency). I lost 3kg in the fortnight before I was admitted despite eating heaps, and lost more weight before that. I had a lot of muscle pain and muscle cramps before diagnosis, and couldn't walk up a hill without having to stop all the time to catch my breath. (plus the classic insatiable thirst and peeing heaps)
    When I first got out of hospital I basically just tried to get on with normal life and started exercising, ie a 20 minute walk most days. Then I carried lots of heavy boxes (long story) over several days. I was fine at the time then lost some stamina late last week. The DE (after I'd done all this exercise, not before!) said now was not the time to hit the gym, just as a throwaway comment. I didn't ask her to elaborate but did scale back my daily walks a bit.
    I'm going to ring the DE or endo tomorrow to see if this is normal and if I need more time before going back to work (I'm not driving yet, hubby can't afford to take time off to pick me up early each day and the bus home involves two 15 minute walks each end and a 45 minute bus ride). But I would like to know other people's experiences with DKA recovery, particularly if it was a pre-diagnosis one with several weeks of symptoms.
    Thanks in advance :)

  2. Magenta76

    Hi Shama, sucks that you have to be here, but glad that you found us!!
    I, unfortunately, have a LOT of experience with DKA's... (something like 9 or 10 in 13 years of diagnosis) Each of them the recovery time has been different.
    My diagnosis, I have no idea what my level of ketones was, I know my BSL was 30something, and I was incredibly ill, and weighed something ridiculous like 50kgs.... with hindsight I was probably presenting symptoms at least 2 or 3 months before I was diagnosed.
    After my diagnosis, I took the probably set standard, month off. I went back to work as a chef after that, I don't really remember what it felt like, I was 22 so I probably was not too bad. I think we all would have different recovery times to anything and everything, so I don't think anyone could give you a straight answer on how long it will take for your body to go back to "normal". Talk to your HP's but take it day by day would be the best bet. Not really helpful, I know, but can't say any more than that.
    My last DKA was extremely severe. We're talking coma, organ failure type stuff. That was 18 months ago. My body is still recuperating from that one. I know that for me, each time I have a DKA, the whole episode is worse, and I take longer each time to get better. I just wish I discovered and knew about all the triggers for me. Stress is a large factor for about half of mine, which unfortunately means that when I get the all clear to work again, I have to change my career.
    Good luck with everything, and I hope you are feeling better soon. Try not to overdo it. Your body would still be adjusting. Let it. :)

  3. tantan

    Hi Shama,
    I have a similar story to you. I was diagnosed about 4 years ago, with ++++ ketones (whatever that means), a BGL of 32.7, and weight loss of 9kg in the preceding 3 and a half weeks. My understanding is that DKA involves the body basically chewing up fat because the lack of insulin means it can't access the glucose in your body, even if you're eating lots of it! So a lot of that weight loss is coming from storage (and we all need some fat storage for normal functioning! :-) ). At the end of the day, it will take a body awhile to replenish those stores, work properly again, and get back to the state it was at prior to diagnosis (and prior to the weeks leading up to diagnosis).
    I can't remember how long it took me to recover fully. I was diagnosed several weeks before Christmas, which was a massively busy time at the company where I was working. The doctor at the hospital gave me a medical certificate for at least a week off, but I actually only took about two days. However, I only worked shorter days for at least a week, maybe two, once I went back. I wasn't allowed to drive, so my co-worker would pick me up in the morning on her way to work, and my husband would pick me up in the afternoon when he finished at his work (which was always about 1-2 hours earlier than my usual finishing time). I found that I felt better in the mornings, so that worked for me.
    I think the best one can do for one's body after something like DKA is to eat healthily and get plenty of sleep!
    All the best!
    Tanya

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This depends up on type of surgery and type of heart disease.If you do surgery for artrial septal defect or ventrucal septal deffects ,patient will recover in 3 to 4 days.If it is coronary bypass surgery patients require 5 to 7 days to recover.If you do minimally invasive bypass surgery .patient could be discharged on 3rd day after the surgery.If we do open surgery patient needs to stay for 6 to 12 days in the hospital.So it depends on type of surgery and type of disease.

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How long does it take to recover from DKA Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. How long does it take to recover from DKA Hi Forum, this is my first post. I am type 1 and have had serious DKA back in July. I was on a drip for a week and altogether it took 8 days in hospital. Now I am ina similar position. I have read some places where keytones are out of the system in a day or two but I am not getting better. Has anyone had DKA and for how long. And how many days to tyou were able to eat again. Thank you for your help. It took me 2 weeks to recover from my DKA but I had pneumonia also. It is different for everyone, but a week to 10 days seems to be average from what I hear. Note my 2 weeks was my first and only DKA in my life so far. Thanks this makes me feel like I have a bit of time to get over this. May I ask - How long before yolu were able to eat? I am a lightweight - only 'normally' 65 Kg's but I have just lost 10KG weight. I can't keep stuff down and hardly want to eat. Did bad control bring it on with Pneumonia or just the infection? Continue reading >>

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    I got out of the hospital yesterday, I had food poisoning and got admitted for Ketoacidosis. I feel a lot better now but, I'm in a little discomfort. My stomachs bothers me somewhat after I've eaten and I'm a little uneasy when I'm walking. I was in bed for a day and a half so I'm sure I'm just weak. But, did you recover right away or, did you take a day or two?

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    Every time I'm in the hospital for DKA, I start to feel better around day 3. They never let me leave until day 5-7 though. :| So glad the last few times they've had wifi to watch Netflix on.

  3. NEXT_VICTIM

    3 days from start of IV fluids. When you get home, try to drink water instead of your usual fluids for a day or so. I find it helps get me back on track faster. Also, keep an eye on your BG a bit tighter for a few days after. The whole DKA resolution treatment and IV fluids can alter the way your BG floats (in some interesting ways) until you get back into your normal groove/routine.

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Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community I got out of hospital around 2 and a half weeks ago after having DKA. I'm still finding now that doing things such as walking tires me out very easily and I have to take a lot of breaks or sit down to rest as my legs get tired and I get out of breath. My emotions are still a little all over the place and I get upset thinking about my experience in the hospital as at the time I was far away from home so it was difficult for anyone to come visit. I'm just wondering how long does the recovery take for DKA before I'll be fully back to normal again? I'm not sure on recovery times from DKA, but what I do know is that there are a lot of things that tend to go hand in hand with DKA, such as weight loss, dehydration, hyperglycemia, etc. Your body will take time to repair itself from all of the above, and get used to having reasonably stable BG's again. That will just take some time. You may have lost a significant amount of muscle mass as well, so it'll maybe take a wee while for that to rebuild. I imagine that when that happens, you'll feel less fatigued. Hope you're fee Continue reading >>

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    I got out of the hospital yesterday, I had food poisoning and got admitted for Ketoacidosis. I feel a lot better now but, I'm in a little discomfort. My stomachs bothers me somewhat after I've eaten and I'm a little uneasy when I'm walking. I was in bed for a day and a half so I'm sure I'm just weak. But, did you recover right away or, did you take a day or two?

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    Every time I'm in the hospital for DKA, I start to feel better around day 3. They never let me leave until day 5-7 though. :| So glad the last few times they've had wifi to watch Netflix on.

  3. NEXT_VICTIM

    3 days from start of IV fluids. When you get home, try to drink water instead of your usual fluids for a day or so. I find it helps get me back on track faster. Also, keep an eye on your BG a bit tighter for a few days after. The whole DKA resolution treatment and IV fluids can alter the way your BG floats (in some interesting ways) until you get back into your normal groove/routine.

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