Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 15, 2004
Hyperglycemia and DKA, Other
Question from Dallas, Texas, USA:
My cleaning person has type 2 diabetes and takes 70/30 insulin. We had a power outage and she was without refrigeration for about five days. A few days ago she complained to me about high blood sugars (300 to 400 mg/dl [16.7 to 22.2 mmol/L]), and the following day asked me to fill out a form for the doctor about her pay. Her blood sugars were even higher and I suggested her insulin had gone bad. Finally, yesterday, she went to the emergency room with a blood sugar of almost 600 mg/dl [33.3 mmol/L]. They gave her insulin, intravenous drips, and dialysis. They told her the dialysis was to remove insulin from her blood. I asked if her kidneys were okay and she said yes. I don't understand why the dialysis. My husband is a molecular biologist and he said that, if they tried to remove the insulin proteins, they might take other hormones as well. Both of us were confused.
I am confused, too. I have never heard of this before. I would bet that she may have had some problem, such as a high potassium, or another well known reason, for needing the dialysis.