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January 24th, 2006, 07:42 AM
bunnershunny's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I just dealt with this last week, and didn't know if I should do anything differently because of the GD. Here's what I learned from talking to my dietician (keeping in mind I'm regulating just through diet):

When you're sick, you're body releases hormones to deal with the illness. They raise blood sugar. So even if your not really eating/unable to keep food down, you're likely to have high numbers. This can actually begin to occur a day or two before you start showing symptoms, since you body is already trying to fight off the illness.

Main concern, dehydration. Drink as much as you can to keep hydrated, every little bit helps. I haven't been drinking juice at all on the GD diet (bang for the buck is horrible ) but a couple ounces of juice was actually the first fluid I was able to keep down. Something in the 2-4oz range. My dietician said that was fine, just don't over do it. Popsicles are good too, you can get sugar free ones, and most of the ones with sugar only have 10g carbs per popsicle.

Once I was able to start trying to keep down solids, I did what I normally do when I'm sick. Chicken soup, crackers, toast. I was worried about the crackers and toast, since those kind of refined carbs normally raise my blood sugar, but there wasn't much else I COULD eat that that pt. Again, the dietician said that was fine, there's not much else you can do when you're at that pt.

Two days later I was feeling good, back on my normal eating schedule, and my numbers are lovely. My fasting has been under 85 every day since then. I did lose 2 lbs, probably due to dehydration, but that's coming back up. I'm still drinking water like it's going out of style.

Needless to say, you should contact YOUR dietician/provider to get their recommendations. Preferably before you get sick I just wanted to share my experience, since I didn't know what to do when it happened to me.
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January 27th, 2006, 08:22 AM
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Thanks for sharing your story.

I'll keep that in mind when I'm sick (especially since it is the flu season right now).

I love my 3 girls and little boy:

Mom to Jessica - 19 yrs old, Amber - 18 yrs old, Sebastian - 2 months
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