Hi Ted, I still appear to be struggling a bit with the Diabetic ketoacidosis - and can't seem to get rid of it. The Gymnema and other bits are helping to keep the Blood Glucose Level (BGL) reasonably under control - but I'm still not coping with the Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
At my last diabetes check-up my BGL was OK at 99, but my ketones were 0.8. In order to control the 'symptoms' of the DKA i.e. liver pain, lactic acid pains in legs, sore kidneys, and the breathing difficulties that follow - I've had to take a glass of water with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 citric acid (or lemon juice) at a rate 4 times between midday and through the evening. I've been taking this amount for about 2 weeks now. Unfortunately though - I'm getting edema in the ankles, and feel as if I have 'pressure' in the head. In addition my ears are 'ringing', I feel very 'woozy', and like I'm not quite here - fuzzy in the head. I'm also shaky, and finding it difficult with my balance (bump into things like walls, drop things).
I've added 1/3 teaspoon potassium bicarbonate tonight - just in case the amount of baking soda I've been taking has depleted my potassium levels a bit. This seemed to help for about 10 minutes for head symptoms - but they have since returned. I'm currently drinking about 3 litres of water a day - but wondered if this was sufficient since I seem to still be incredibly thirsty. I'm still on no carbs, and on a 3-5 days respite from the majority of supplements as recommended - but I'm at a loss what to do about the DKA. If I don't take the baking soda mix every day @ 4 times a day at least - the DKA symptoms are unmanageable - is there a chance the DKA (in time) will subside? Do you have any suggestions on how I can at least minimize some of symptoms? Thanks for any advice-