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Being Prepared Before You Get Sick

I just spent the last almost 6 days recovering from whatever nasty stomach virus is making the rounds and it reinforced a few things.

  1. Being sick sucks
  2. Stomach viruses are the devil
  3. Making sure that you do certain things while you are down for the count and making sure that you have certain items on hand before you actually get sick are paramount. Once you are sick, hitting the drug store is the last thing you feel like doing.

How to be prepared for sick days?

When you’re sick, call your medical provider and keep in close contact with them. Make sure that you check for a fever and check your blood sugars and your ketones often and report the results to your healthcare team. Ketones are nasty suckers that can sneak up on you quickly, turn into ketoacidosis even quicker, and can land you in the hospital if you don’t stop them in their tracks. If your don’t have an RX for ketone strips, you can buy a bottle of 50 strips for about $10 at your local drug store or on Amazon. BUY THEM NOW and keep them in your bathroom. Check all of the above frequently and hydrate often.

And speaking of hydration, it is key. Fill up water bottles and drink from them often and even if you’re not thirsty. Keeping hydrated helps your blood sugars and help battle ketones.

Set aside a shelf in your pantry or kitchen cabinet for “sick day food and don’t use anything on that shelf unless you are actually sick. TRUST ME. And for goodness sakes, make sure that you restock that shelf after you recover. That “Sick Day” section needs to house electrolyte builders like Gatorade (water it down if you’re worried about carb content) and other drinkables that can settle your stomach like ginger-ale (I keep a mix of diet and regular), a box of saltines, a few boxes of chicken broth and an extra bottle of giant glucose tabs and maybe some apple and or pear sauce.

Doing the all of the above makes for an easier sick day.

Lastly – If you like you aren’t feeling better, have someone drive you to the E.R. or call 9-1-1 because it’s better to be overly cautious than sorry.

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