Help after Sepsis, Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Coma.

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Two weeks in hospital with Sepsis/DKA and coded twice. Long recovery along with massive medical costs.  I have a meager retirement check. I'm a Vietnam veteran. 
I was in the hospital from 12/12/2018 through 12/26/2018. I was in critical condition w/Sepsis. I coded twice in the ER but came right back. (stubborn according to my wife).
I was not aware that I ripped everything out they put in me and I was totally wild and crying to Beth Ann Beatty to 'please help me '. That got to her so badly she had to step out.
So they gave me most everything up to Morphine with no effect. Finally they tried Ativan and I went limp and silent. BP and heartbeat dropped to near normal. I had 7 fluids/meds bags pumping into me in in ICU. They had four separate ports in my arms, one in my nose for a feeding tube and a catheter. I remained in ICU for some period of time and then transferred to a room. Until Friday the 21st I was not actively conscious. I did 'wake up' Friday and started working my way back. At that time my kidney functions (both kidneys) were dropping and they were both failing. I started guzzling water from that point on until present day. By Tuesday (Christmas) my kidney functions were out the roof to the good side. I now drink three quarts a day.
I was poked four to five times a day and had a full panel (5 vials) drawn every day at 4am.
I could not stand without ending up vomiting for up to 4 hours.
I demanded to be released and went home on 12/26.
I now see the VA and am managing my diabetes nicely with a morning shot of Lantus and slow release Metformin.
The still unknown blood infection caused me to become permanently affected by Diabetic Ketoacidosis and if I can stress one thing.
Take your diabetes seriously or you could end up like me.
Recovery is slow.
Watch your diet! Drop the sugars!
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I still have lots of visits to doctors. Primary care Physician, ophthalmologist, dietitian, diabetes specialist, endocrinologist.. whew! But I am taking my medications like clockwork, eating healthier than I ever have and exercising. I went to a place in Oak Ridge Tennessee named Haw Ridge and bundled as the wind chill was 20°. I walked 3.26 miles! It wasn't fun but it's helping abate the dizziness and slow intestinal system. One sour note, my doctor said I will have Sepsis again. Don't know how he knew that but it made me think. I am really determined now. And the assistance is helping as we are paying medical bills. Thank you all for the support and words of loving encouragement. But they charged my wife $100 just to ride with me in the ambulance. One of my "attending physicians" charged me $900 for each morning visit. Sometimes he just walked in with hands in pockets and said hello! Gah! Again, I am still overwhelmed and want to say a thank you to Mr Patton Oswalt for making the ball roll. Michael
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I now have a psychiatrist therapist endocrinologist primary care Physician dietitian audiologist eye doctor and internal medicine specialist. And this week I have five appointments. I dont know up from sideways. Being on insulin is a new experience. And more meds than I can shake a stick at. I also have Diabetic Ketoacidosis which came from a serious blood infection. This causes diabetic digestive paresis. Just means my guts move very slowly. I'm honestly not whining- it's just a lot to absorb and handle all at once. I was also in a diabetic coma for 8 days. I guess I was spared having the knowledge and memories of that time.
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I was in the hospital from 12/12/2018 through 12/26/2018. I was in critical condition w/Sepsis. I coded twice in the ER but came right back. (stubborn according to my wife).
I was not aware that I ripped everything out they put in me and I was totally wild and crying to Beth Ann Beatty to 'please help me '. That got to her so badly she had to step out.
So they gave me most everything up to Morphine with no effect. Finally the tried Ativan and I went limp and silent. BP and heartbeat dropped to near normal. I had 7 fluids/meds bags pumping into me in in ICU. They had four separate ports in my arms, one in my nose for a feeding tube and a catheter. I remained in ICU for some period of time and then transferred to a room. Until Friday the 21st I was not actively conscious. I did 'wake up' Friday and started working my way back. At that time my kidney functions (both kidneys) were dropping and they were both failing. I started guzzling water from that point on until present day. By Tuesday (Christmas) my kidney functions were out the roof to the good side. I now drink three quarts a day.
I was poked four to five times a day and had a full panel (5 vials) drawn every day at 4am.
I could not stand without ending up vomiting for up to 4 hours.
I demanded to be released and went home on 12/26.
I now see the VA and am managing my diabetes nicely with a morning shot of Lantus and slow release Metformin.
The still unknown blood infection caused me to become permanently affected by Diabetic Ketoacidosis and if I can stress one thing.
Take your diabetes seriously or you could end up like me.
Recovery is slow.
Watch your diet! Drop the sugars!
Sorry this was so long. Don't blame you if you gave up reading this.
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