Maybe this should be a sticky? I think that the first trip to the hospital AFTER a diabetes dx is the most daunting learning experience ever. You thought it was hard to learn about diabetes. Well, now you know about diabetes and will soon learn that not many medical professionals know as much as you do. Here are my tips for heading to the hospital: Bring your own supplies- insulin, blood sugar meter and plenty of strips, pump supplies or syringes, blood ketone strips and meter (if you use them), snacks, glucagon, etc. Even pack a toothbrush and change of underware. You never know how long you will be there. Take notes- we all learned from another parent's experience last year that notes are a must. Keep a pen and paper right out on the side table so they know you are taking notes. I think it might keep them on their toes too. Remember that ketones need insulin! Westin has been hospitalized to treat high blood sugar and ketones and low blood sugar and ketones. Either way, they need insulin. The last time Westin was in the hospital it was after a shot of steroids. They wanted to admit us for the high blood sugar. When we got there, they wanted to wait for drs order to give insulin. I gave it to him anyway. Sometimes you have to take matters in your own hands. Call your endo and let them know you are there! This can be important to getting the proper treatment. Anything I have missed, please post it!