"To prevent another problem, I should eat less sodium during diarrhea."
"My blood became too acid because I lost some base in the diarrhea fluid."
"Diarrhea removes fluid from the body, so I should drink more ice water."
"I should try to slow my breathing so my acids and bases will be balanced."
pH high, PaCO2 high, HCO3- high
pH low, PaCO2 low, HCO3- low
pH low, PaCO2 high, HCO3- high
pH low, PaCO2 high, HCO3- normal
Urine output and color
Level of consciousness
Heart rate and blood pressure
Lung sounds in lung bases
Urine output is very small today.
Whites of the eyes appear more yellow.
Skin around the mouth is very chapped.
Skin is sweaty under three blankets.
"Is there a place that I can dispose of my unused morphine pills?"
"I want to lose at least 20 pounds without getting sick this time."
"I think I have asthma because I cough when dogs are near."
"I ran out of money and am cutting my insulin dose in half."