Alyssa's Journey with Type 1 Diabetes

An outlet, a diary of sorts, a place for thoughts, a place to connect,
an expression of feelings about Juvenile Diabetes......

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Strep Throat & Diabetes

So, Alyssa woke up this morning with a fever and sore throat!  She has had sniffles for the last few days, but so has everyone in my house.  I was hoping it was just allergies, but when my hubby took her to the pediatrician this morning they gave her a strep test and it came back positive.  So, now she will be taking amoxicillin for the next 10 days and out of school until Monday.  My oldest son also had a sore throat and stayed home from school, so their doctor went ahead and prescribed him an antibiotic as well and suggested he stay out of school until Monday too.  At least he can stay with her tomorrow while I am at school. 

Catching a cold or the flu is no fun, but it can be even worse if you have type 1 diabetes.  Some over-the-counter cold treatments contain sugar, which can make blood sugar levels higher.  Also, dehydration, fever, and nausea can cause blood sugars to rise and for ketones to be released.  Colds can lead to pneumonia and other serious health problems.  People with diabetes are three times more likely to suffer from these conditions than non-diabetics. 
This afternoon, she said she felt shaky as if her bgl were low.  But when we checked her levels it was 134??  And when I checked her temp, it was 102.  It was close to dinner, so I had her try to eat.  I’m always concerned when she isn't feeling well that her levels will drop, but it always tends to run a little higher.  Crazy! 

Anyway, she had some children’s ibuprophen and her first dose of amoxicillin and was able to eat a bowl of chicken noodle soup and some orange slices.  Thankfully her fever is down for the moment…..keeping my fingers crossed!    

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