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Stress Dosing Do's and Don'ts

Because I have no adrenal glands, sometimes I have to do what is called "stress dosing", which means taking more steroids or giving myself a steroid injection when my body is under stress.  Stress to my body can be an illness, an injury, like a car accident, or emotional stress, like dealing with a death or something similar.

Most of the time, a few extra hydrocortisone pills are enough, but sometimes, an injection is needed.

DO stress dose even if you're not sure if you need to.  Too much steroid will just make you swollen.  To little and you could die or end up in the hospital.

DO tell someone if you don't feel well.  Sometimes you don't have the best judgement when you don't feel well.

DO carry extra supplies, just in case.

DON'T assume people will know what to do or read your medic alert bracelet.  DO tell people around you how to give an injection and who to call for help.

DO carry information about your condition and who to call in case of emergency.

DON'T just assume that your nausea will pass. Feeling weak, nauseas, or dizzy is a sign that your body isn't coping well.

DON'T be afraid to give yourself an injection if no one is around to help.  The best way to do it is sitting on the floor or ground.  Don't worry about sterilization if you don't have alcohol wipes.

DO make a few kits to carry in your bag or car, one for home, one for work.  Mine have instructions, my information, and my parents' and endocrinologist's phone numbers.

Do you have anything else to add to this list?  Let me know in the comments!

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