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Just a cold......

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Kentoldlady1, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Kentoldlady1

    Kentoldlady1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    So,this is the first time I have been poorly since dx. I have other health problems, but this is my first virus. I am sitting here with a runny nose, headache etc and am not happy!!

    My bgl has been higher for the last couple of days and now its 9.3. Hasn't been that high (except when I have eaten way too many carbs) since I started testing.

    I understand that it will get higher, but I'm wondering if non d's experience this as well? And are there any hints, tips etc or do we just sit it out? Im not on insulin etc, just metformin.

    Any advice gratefully received. I have read the sick day rules.
    Thanks all.
     
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  2. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Non-D's will experience liver dumps to fight their lurgy but are unlikely to experience the BG high because their pancreas will react to the rising BG and release insulin to bring it back to normality.

    As a t1, I take more insulin but that option is not available to you.
    I think you need to focus on getting better - resting, not getting dehydrated and not stuffing yourself with sugary cold reliefs (relieves?). There are a few sugar-free options available on your could do the old vicks-vapour-rubs or towel over your head and a steamy bowl.
    Try not to stress over your higher than usual BG as the stress will raise it more.

    Take care of yourself and, if possible, make the most of getting some help in that area.
     
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  3. maglil55

    maglil55 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm just getting over one. It's pretty horrible isn't it?
    Anyway, not easy when there are things still to be done but try to rest as much as possible. I'm a great fan of First Defence sprayed up the nostrils or the good old Vicks in a bowl of steaming water, towel over the head and inhale. I take paracetamol if achy (which I was). Apart from that it is the usual advice of drink plenty water to stay hydrated and eat things like soups. You can't beat chicken soup when you are ill.
    I gave up trying to find shop bought remedies that were ok with my meds. Sorry there's no miracle cure. Hope you get better soon.

    PS my youngest grandson commented on my cough this morning going to pre school. I told him that my cough was me getting better. It happens he says "because Nana's are so, so old". Are you saying I am so, so old? " No, you're just so old" - thanks for that cheering thought
     
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  4. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I posted similarly last night :(
    I’m suffering my first virus since Type 2 diagnosis. I have had a sore throat since last Tuesday, lost my voice for a few days but it’s all starting to improve now. I noticed my post meal sugars go up first, now today my pre b’fast and lunch readings have been higher too. No change in diet, hoping it’ll revert back to normal quickly.
    Get well soon Kentoldlady1 x
     
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  5. Alison Campbell

    Alison Campbell Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I've had the lurgy this past week as well.

    For about 4 years before pre-d I always felt my colds seem to be worse and more frequent than others, now when my blood glucose levels rise I understand why I feel really crap. With the constant thirst and trips to the bathroom added to the mix, it is the only time I have obvious symptoms of diabetes.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    One tip I learned about Vic is to put some on your feet when you go to bed. No idea why it works, but it does. Much better than when I was a child having to suffer it rubbed all over my chest and a small blob on my tongue! First Defence (as mentioned above) is very good.

    I have just emerged at the end of a very nasty virus that gave me migraine type headaches, face ache, eye ache, sinus ache, and a lot of disturbed nights. Considering these were the first headaches I have experienced in the 17 years since I finished work, I was not pleased. I didn't have the normal cold symptoms, but the GP said it was a "cold virus". My BS went up and stayed up for the first week, then dropped back to normal for the second and a bit weeks.

    Hope you feel better soon.
     
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  7. Kentoldlady1

    Kentoldlady1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all.

    Didnt even think about first defence, but will get some.

    I also didnt realise that bgl.would still high for.some time after the virus leaves. Thats just unfair!

    I am finding the headache the worst. Still have to get my grandchildren and then pick up daughter in law. I just love not working any more. I have all.this time to sit around and do nothing!
     
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    Kentoldlady1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hope you all.soon feel.better.x
     
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  9. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Get well soon, lass.
     
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  10. maglil55

    maglil55 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yep! Grandchildren don't stop because we are ill. I'm sure I had a quieter time when I worked.
     
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  11. maglil55

    maglil55 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I also have memories of kaolin poultice as well that my grandmother would use on me when I was chesty. I find it quite worrying that it is only for sale for use in stables now
     
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  12. Kentoldlady1

    Kentoldlady1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Any one remember camphor blocks? My mum would tie one on a bit of string to wear around our necks like a sort of horrifically smelly bit of jewellery.

    I loved it.
     
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  13. maglil55

    maglil55 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure my grandmother used to put them in drawers and in the wardrobe for moths? I can remember the smell and the smell of kaolin.
     
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    nomoredonuts Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    All I can say is, it's a good job you ladies don't get the real flu like us blokes do...


    :rolleyes:
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I’m all better now @nomoredonuts , but thanks for your concern! :joyful:
     
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  16. maglil55

    maglil55 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well having rid myself of one cold I have now succumbed to a second even worse than the one before. Fever, runny nose , watery eyes....you get the idea. Been back on paracetamol and First Defence for 2 days now but strangely BGs are OK. Thankful for small mercies.
     
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  17. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just as there is an incubation period for all virus' there is a period after we feel 'recovered' when the immune system is still mopping up. If memory serves (and it often doesnt!) it takes the virus responsible for the common cold just 20 mins to gain a foothold then less than 24 hours of incubation.
    Often the immune system is still working at full capacity mopping up when a different strain of the cold virus attacks so that is why we sometimes seem to get one cold after another. Interesting stuff but of absolutely no benefit when we are suffering the dreaded lurgy.
     
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    chris lowe · Guru

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    Can sympathise with all fellow sufferers. Had mine for 5 days, cough, hot, shivers, sweats, and aches in joints I didn't know I had. Didn't eat anything for 3 days but BS was still a 9. Hopefully on the road to recovery, still coughing but the hot & cold shakes & the aches have gone have gone.
     
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    librarising LADA · Well-Known Member

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