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^ Taking care on sick days ^ Hitting the road with type 1 diabetes
7wo situations are particularly challenging for both the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) and adults with T1DM: days in which the patient is sick with some other illness and days in which the patient travels. In this chapter, I tell you everything you need to know to manage these two difficult situations.
¿p^R Although the emphasis in this book is on controlling the blood glucose as tightly as possible, it's better to err of the side of looser control when the patient is sick with another illness or is traveling because the scenario doesn't usually last long. A person with T1DM who's sick or is traveling through time zones and is very tired is much better off with a blood glucose of 225 mg/dl than a blood glucose of 25 mg/dl. A few days of above-normal glucose levels don't cause any lasting damage.
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