However, I've recently been working harder to keep a vial of Ketostix on hand just in case - I've had a few problems with vertigo/extreme dizziness after a night of high blood sugars, and I wanted to see if that's ketone-related.
Last night, L woke up around 4am for a bottle. I'd had a particularly irritating glucoastery dinnertime - a miscalculation for a carby dinner that resulted in a giant crashing low followed by a huge leap right before bed as my bolus was wearing off and the fatty highs were kicking in. Waking up to a "HIGH" reading on my Dexcom meant I didn't get off that glucoaster, and my finger stick clocked me in at an awful 373.
|The giant blank spots? A new sensor at the beginning and, sadly, I-left-Dex-home-today blank at the end.|
I felt atrocious (albeit not dizzy) and figured I'd do a Ketostix before going back to bed to get a baseline reading - verdict: no ketones. When I woke up for the day a few hours later, I was at 244. Still high. So I did another Ketostix. And folks, even though I don't check for ketones regularly, I have been diabetic for more than 18 years. I am well trained to be nervous about peeing on sticks. I know enough to root for zero color changes. But when I did the test this morning, I had a bit of a heart attack. I still wasn't throwing any ketones, but holy hell was I passing sugar. My color change went allllll the way to the right:
|I won a nice poop-brown reading from the top chart|
The problem with this is I honestly have no earthly idea what that means. (And when was that even added to the sticks?! I've only ever seen the ketone test.) According to their little chart, I was spilling 4 zillion metric tons of sugar into my urine. No ketones, though. So...what? I mean, I was bolusing to bring my blood sugar down. I was drinking tons of water to flush my kidneys and the rest of my body. Does spilling sugar require a different tactic? Is it only a problem if I'm spilling ketones?
I tried googling how to use Ketostix and just got a bunch of results for people doing Atkins and Paleo diets. (How incredibly weird is it to think about people intentionally aiming for something I'm trying my damndest to avoid?) I found very little info about it, but did love this little gem:
|It's embarrassing to buy Ketostix?!|
I can't seem to find them listed on Bayer's U.S. site, and I no longer have the box. I'm sure this will be a non-issue tonight, as I've gotten my blood sugar down around 120 and am drinking water like it's going out of style. But man. Finding this info shouldn't be so complicated!