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Lantus - what's protocol here?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by mirror, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If she does start to get DKA with these new out of nowhere highs, are you fully on top of the Sick Day Protocol to treat it? It's a very different protocol for testing and dosing.

    With impending or actual DKA you do start to stack doses, but in a very predictable and regimented manner.
     
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    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    One obvious reason the antibiotics may be causing her BG to drop is that she has a significant inflection and the coamoxiclav is controlling the infection exactly like it's supposed to. That will prevent or reduce the runaway BG rise that accompanies an infection.

    Have you by any chance discontinued the coamoxiclav? If so your daughter could be hours away from DKA or hyperosmolar hyperglycaemia.
     
  3. mirror

    mirror · Well-Known Member

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    Well all I know is the general - don't stop giving insulin, test bm and ketones regularly, push fluids, dont know how much extra novorapid to give (not looked after her diabetes for at least 6 years!) but would probably give 2 units if over 16-17 and recheck in 2 hours?
    (by the way I wasn't present for previous decisions today! I was at work!)
     
  4. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Her BG is soaring because you discontinued the coamoxiclav. Never do this!! She is headed for DKA. Been there, done that. I discontinued coamoxiclav for 8 hours overnight due to allergic reaction, awaiting an alternative antibiotic, I was in A&E with DKA by morning.

    On top of it all the coamoxiclav is critical to control the risk of lethal side effects from the immunosuppressive off label drug.

    Get her back on the coamoxiclav and stop improvising, please!
     
  5. mirror

    mirror · Well-Known Member

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    We got a weeks dose of co-amoxiclav for the stupid osseous canulation done in a non sterile way causing an infection
     
  6. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    @mirror, with the best will in the world no one here could ever hope to get your daughter problems sorted as her issues are so complex and she needs professional help in a medical setting, none of us here are qualified or in a position to give advice on insulin dosages and this is something you need to be discussing with your diabetes team, if her DSN is being unhelpful then insist that she is seen by a Consultant.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. mirror

    mirror · Well-Known Member

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    We're not improvising!!!
    We got a weeks worth for a possible infection
    It's been done
    Full dose taken!!!
     
  8. mirror

    mirror · Well-Known Member

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    Shall I just not post
    I have had support here definitely
    I am feeling like it's more reprimands now
    I would not put my daughters life at risk
    She's chatting and lively and eating tonight.
    We're only 5 mins from hospital.
    We're constantly monitoring bm and blood ketones
     
  9. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's very different from that.
    But it does require you knowing a reasonable Total Daily Dose (TDD) and in this case... who knows.

    @noblehead do you have a Sick Day Rules link please?
     
  10. phil169

    phil169 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @mirror
    you are not being reprimanded. just given advice we can only do that we can not sort your problems out on here only give you advice. yes we would still like to know how you get on and how you are doing but as stated above you need some professional help with you daughter's problems. please keep us up to date all the best to you all
     
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  11. ConradJ

    ConradJ Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello @mirror

    Don't take the aforesaid replies as reprimands!

    The posters are giving you the best advice from their experience and education and with only a scant perspective.

    However, as has been mentioned, your daughter's circumstances are complex and beyond anyone's 'field'.

    I quite understand your reticence about your local hospital; in that case you / your husband do need to speak with the neurologist about a transfer to a hospital where you can be sure of safe handling of her diabetes with such additional issues.

    People will try to help you, but none of us (to my knowledge) has the high level medical training to provide comprehensive support at such a difficult and worrisome time for you all.
     
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  12. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If her BG rises rapidly at the end of the course or the discontinuation of the course, doesn't matter, it's extremely likely there is was an active infection that is now uncontrolled.

    With your daughters BG very erratic over the last week the effect of the antibiotics will have been compromised and the one week course was probably not enough. High BG undermines the effects of antibiotics leading to a runaway increase in both infection and BG.
     
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  13. ButtterflyLady

    ButtterflyLady Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This is all true and understandable. I really feel for her and both of you. You have all done the best you can and have been let down by repeated incompetence.

    My intention (and I'm sure that of everyone else here) is to be supportive of you. I do think you are doing an awesome job and of course you have your daughter's best interests at heart. But I think her current needs require a professional, and none of us, including you and your husband, could be expected to know how much insulin she needs at a given time, because it is so changeable and she has other conditions besides diabetes. No layperson could get it 100% right at the moment.

    It's a shame that you have no say while she is in hospital. But I think this is because you need some legal work done. I suggest you consult a specialist family lawyer about getting the court orders in place to have welfare guardianship (or whatever it is called in the UK) put in place. These orders give you the same decision making power that a patient has when they are medically assessed as mentally competent. It should only take a few days to get this done, all going well.

    I know you don't want her in hospital unless 100% necessary but perhaps a doctor should be the one deciding whether it is currently necessary? A doctor who has all the current facts. I don't think the DSN had all those, because things seem to be changing by the hour at the moment.

    I realise certain staff at this hospital have done things that were incompetent and unsafe. However, there is a high dependency unit (which hopefully provides safer care?) and there will also be a tertiary level hospital within a short helicopter flight or ambulance drive that she could be transferred to, for better care.
     
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    ButtterflyLady Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't think anyone was criticising your or your husband for those decisions. They were just pointing out that other options were probably safer, and suggesting it's best if a similar decision isn't made again. We do mean well.
     
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  15. ButtterflyLady

    ButtterflyLady Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Even without T1 being a factor, I've had dozens of courses of antibiotics over 42 years and one thing I've learned is that the infection is not always cured during the first course of treatment. When this happens, it's necessary to see the doctor and get another course of meds, sometimes a different type or two types. People who test their BG have a way of finding out the ABs haven't worked sooner than other people. One bonus I guess. :)

    So I think Spiker is right about the effect the high BGs have had on the infection, and a trip to the doctor is needed.
     
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  16. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes it's one "consolation prize", much easier to see the progress of an infection.
     
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  17. ConradJ

    ConradJ Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello @mirror,

    I thought I'd check in with you; how is everything going?

    (Sorry I haven't got back to your PM, I've had horrendous issues with windows 10 upgrades and am busily rebuilding our laptops as a result. )

    Kind regards,
    Conrad
     
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  18. mirror

    mirror · Well-Known Member

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    its complicated
    we went to the diabetes consultant appt on friday morning (4th sept)
    everything wonderful.
    liver function done on the monday - fine
    hba1c better than the last one (still a bit rubbish)
    back needing insulin - after the co-amoxyclav finished.
    on 18 lantus for 3 nights and fine on novo - 1 for 10 g carbs
    fast forward to this morning. i go in and check her pre work - 7 ish. bit wierd seeming - like maybe high. go and get meds, and ask her to check bm.
    ignores me, i go to her room. shes vomiting in bed. check bm - 11. blood ketones 0.2
    fast forward.bm 7, 6, 5, to midday. then massive hypo - cold sweats etc - a and e. 1.7 bm.
    a bag of 10% glucose later a seizure. 2.5 bm
    tonight - still no insulin. all day.still nauseous. no ketones. (but low potassium on coming in and on drip for that too)
    seeing docs for diabetes tomorrow (on the friday the consultant for diabetes said if she had been an inpatient previously with the wierd stuff hapenning he would have done a c-peptide and tested for insulin in blood. mentioned insulinoma possibility.
    who knows. he did agree though we did the right things and agreed coming in over bank holiday weekend probably not the best option.
     
  19. ButtterflyLady

    ButtterflyLady Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear she is still having these issues :(
    The docs you are seeing tomorrow, is that the diabetes consultant? Have you contacted him or his office to report the hypo and seizure?
    I hope he does further tests like those you mention. If she needs to be an inpatient to get them done, I think that sounds like a good idea. IMO no stone should be left unturned.

    Hugs.
     
  20. mirror

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    update if anyone interested?
    in hospital yesterday pretty bad. today better. liver and kidney issues. although originally thought acute liver failure now things improving in that dept.
    not related to any of the meds apparently - due to the presentation.
    still trying to sort out whats caused all the stuff and apparently they may never know why - option may be insulin overdose (original hospital med mistake)
    cant find anything on internet about this. anyway - the liver was xxxxed but now improving, the kidneys likewise.
    they have a central line in and all kinds of stuff going in.
    things improving though. no insulin going through - glucose and dextrose to keep blood sugars up.
    i am quite narked that i flagged up after the forum discussion all that had gone on at home and worries about liver function on the friday diabetes consultant appt - and although we asked for a liver function test - and it was done on the tuesday prior to the friday consultant appt- i asked about the results and was told that it was a bit off but 'nothing to worry about' and they didnt know why the episode of low blood sugars and not needing insulin had occurred but dont worry - its just a mystery - nothing really on liver tests and then suddenly into hospital due to severe hypo on monday and vomiting - liver failing
     
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