Patient Comments: Diabetic Ketoacidosis - Symptoms and Signs


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Comment from: Jennifer45jr , 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 17

My 19 year old son was sick with a cold. He became very disoriented so I called for an ambulance. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which we had no clue he had. They said he had diabetic ketoacidosis and was very sick. Things went from bad to worse and his body begin to shut down and he went into cardiac arrest. In 37 hours from the time he got sick he passed away. Please get checked for this and get the ones you love checked. It just might save a life. We just wish we had known.

Comment from: Stomachstillhurts, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 28

With diabetic ketoacidosis, first I felt unusually fatigued. Twelve hours later I was vomiting like I had food poisoning. After that I was nauseous for about 12 more hours. I started to vomit violently and knew I needed a hospital at this point. The vomiting and stomach pain were terrible. It went on for 3.5 days. Fellow type 1’s, don’t wait to seek help because it’s terrible.

Comment from: lmjbellas, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 15

My 4 year old starting drinking a ton of water, which was then making him go to the bathroom frequently. Over the next few days, he started feeling really sick. Over that night, he started vomiting, running a fever and was having major lethargy. The next morning my son didn’t even know who he was. His brain was so disorganized. He was taken by ambulance to the closest children’s hospital. We were told that our son was type-1 diabetic and that he was the sickest kid in the PICU. He is great now!


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