If your client is not feeling quite right, it could be their Ketone level. The American Diabetes Association suggests checking the Ketone level if the following conditions occur:
- You test the blood glucose and it is more than 300 mg/dl
- The client feels nauseated, is vomiting, or have abdominal pain
- The client is sick (for example, with a cold or flu)
- The client appears to feel tired all the time
- The client is perpetually thirsty or has a very dry mouth
- The client’s skin is flushed
- The client is having a hard time breathing or their breath smells “fruity”
- The client appears to be confused or “in a fog”
These can be signs of high ketone levels that require a doctor’s help.
Once the test has been performed, if it reveals that a small or trace amount of Ketones are present, it could mean that a Ketone buildup is just beginning. Repeat the test in a few hours to make sure.
If the test reveals moderate to large amounts of Ketones, this means that your client is in danger because their chemical balance is out of whack in the blood and poison is entering their system. At this point, have the senior sit and rest while you call their doctor immediately. Never EVER let them exercise when the Ketones are elevated!
Relate to the doctor the results of the Ketone test and what exactly the senior was doing right up to the moment when the test was completed. The more information that you keep track of in a Diabetes Log, the better the information the doctor will have to treat your client and adjust their care plan. This is just another method of exercising that With Age Comes Respect!