Is that they can be deadly So, it is a week, and we are all ok, but I made a dumb dumb mistake. I got too comfortable and forgot something very basic. After 9 years of never, ever having a problem with ketones, we stopped checking. She is on Lantus as well now, so really, she never gets ketones. Until she got a kidney infection. Saturday morning, I tested her at 8am and she was 136. She did not feel good and wanted to go to the dr. It NEVER even crossed my mind to test ketones. Why? Who knows. I guess we were out of the habit, too complacent after 9+ years. An hour later, she begged to go to the Dr. We ended up in the ER waiting about 2 hours, and in this time, her bs shot up to Hi. Once she started panting, they decided it was an emergency and brought her back. She was then diagnosed with sever DKA. Her PH was 6.8. The doctor told us she had a 1 in 20 chance of dying. DKA kills 1 out of 20 people. We were in the ICU for 24 hours until her DKA went away. At that time, she started having severe stomach cramps. Who knew that DKA can lead to pancreatitis? I never even would have thought. She was not allowed to drink for 80 hours, not even water. She was not allowed to eat for 92 hours. She was given nothing to control her hunger because that might cause the pancreas to release it's enzymes. Overall, we were in the hospital for 5 days and the service trip to the Dominican Republic that she worked all year for was cancelled. All because I forgot to check ketones. If your child is sick, ALWAYS check ketones. Nothing like an endo telling you that not only could your child have died and was lucky to be fine, but that this was 100% preventable by peeing on a little stick.