DH has sweet smelling breath, and bedroom smells

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QuickNC789 Fri 07-May-21 08:42:55

I noticed last night when I got home from work that DH’s breath smells very sweet. I also noticed it again this morning when he kissed me before going to work.

This morning our bedroom smells exactly like when you’ve been drinking the night before and wake up and you can smell the alcohol in the room.

I’ve read before that a pear drops smell could be a sign of diabetes. BUT he doesn’t have any other symptoms. In fact, over the last six months he’s been putting weight on as he’s had a really stressful time at work, gave up exercising and has been eating a load of chocolate and biscuits etc.

So I would definitely say he hasn’t got low blood sugar!

Can anyone think of what it might be instead please?

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TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Thu 08-Jul-21 18:02:28

QuickNC789

Thank you for the continued supportive posts.

He still is adamant that he does not want to see his GP or do any tests either with home kits or through the hospital.

He has decided to go cold turkey on all the sweet food. He says he is going to re-start his exercise too.

There is only so much I can do. We were ‘discussing’ it until 2am last night. He is not a 4 year old I can pick up and take to the hospital.

Of course I am trying to do my best to get him to book an appointment or even go to the pharmacy but I literally cannot force him.


How is the cold turkey going OP?

AbsolutelyPatsy Sat 29-May-21 15:44:50

This is weeks old @2bazookas, only restarted by some odd ball spoiling for a bank holiday fight

2bazookas Sat 29-May-21 15:39:55

QuickNC789

Thanks for the comments everyone. This is the last thing he needs. Bugger.

He’s gone to work now and won’t be back til 6.15. Our GP surgery is video calls only right now. Is there any kind of test we can do ourselves over the weekend?

No.

Stop dithering, call the GP today and ask them to arrange a consult and test appointment (with the practice Diabetes nurse) .

GP's (and practice nurses) ARE still seeing selected patients face to face.

chaosmaker Sat 29-May-21 15:19:34

VivaDixie

Well on the back of this thread I spoke to the GP yesterday and managed to get a cancellation for blood tests this morning. Hopefully all ok but my symptoms were similar, not sure about my breath but everything at the moment tastes and smells sickly sweet/malty. To the point where I can't stomach chocolate or coffee (my usual vices).

OP - I know you are doing your best, but it was really easy, I phoned the GP and told them my symptoms, then the GP called back and said he would refer me for a blood test. I hope all is well with you and you can get your DH at least to speak to the GP.

Hope all is well with you. Being diagnosed with diabetes is a massive shock to the system but there is a load of help and free resources on www.diabetes.co.uk

chaosmaker Sat 29-May-21 15:18:01

AbsolutelyPatsy

search for them yourself *@chaosmaker*,
or move on

I didn't think so

AbsolutelyPatsy Sat 29-May-21 14:44:15

search for them yourself @chaosmaker,
or move on

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chaosmaker Sat 29-May-21 14:42:09

AbsolutelyPatsy

it is well known @chaosmaker

give it a rest, the op is not interested in updating

do you have links to back this up at all?

AbsolutelyPatsy Sat 29-May-21 14:40:42

it is well known @chaosmaker

give it a rest, the op is not interested in updating

chaosmaker Sat 29-May-21 12:19:17

AbsolutelyPatsy

A keto diet, the atkins diet, causes this,

Why are you attempting to give such bad advice as fact.

FluffySocks75 Sun 23-May-21 22:19:19

Hope he is ok

LadyEloise Sun 23-May-21 10:28:00

Any update @QuickNC789 ?

I have a DH who has to be practically pushed in to the doctor's surgery. 🙄

He won't even take a Panadol but will whinge about his headache/pain. hmm

justasking111 Sun 16-May-21 13:21:38

@QuickNC789 well sure she has done her best, the rest is up to her OH.

timeisnotaline Sun 16-May-21 13:19:33

I keep thinking about this too. I hope the op managed to finger prick him.

NakedBanana Sat 15-May-21 20:17:48

@QuickNC789

How's your dh?

BigBrightStarz Thu 13-May-21 23:39:47

Same here, I've been checking back every other day to see if there's been an update. I do hope they're both OK and that he's agreed to get help now! Good luck OP! flowers

SunnyAgain Wed 12-May-21 21:53:45

I keep thinking about you and your DH @QuickNC789. How are you both?

SunshineSuxx Tue 11-May-21 13:54:53

How does his breath smell lately OP? Is the pear drop smell still there?

VivaDixie Tue 11-May-21 13:04:59

Well on the back of this thread I spoke to the GP yesterday and managed to get a cancellation for blood tests this morning. Hopefully all ok but my symptoms were similar, not sure about my breath but everything at the moment tastes and smells sickly sweet/malty. To the point where I can't stomach chocolate or coffee (my usual vices).

OP - I know you are doing your best, but it was really easy, I phoned the GP and told them my symptoms, then the GP called back and said he would refer me for a blood test. I hope all is well with you and you can get your DH at least to speak to the GP.

gelatodipistacchio Tue 11-May-21 12:44:18

Oh dear - that's difficult. Good luck, OPflowers

GreyStairs Tue 11-May-21 12:37:58

@QuickNC789 I’d still buy some urine dipsticks or a glucose monitor. Relatively cheap and having them in means he might he’s them. He still needs to speak to his GP, even with a normal result, but a high sugar reading or abnormal result might make him think oh fuck I need to be seen

HarrietYeti Tue 11-May-21 09:18:34

OP - is he seeing sense yet? Otherwise I would go with the other poster’s idea of asking for account numbers, passwords etc, asking if your will is in order and if he has existing power of attorney in place. If he questions it just say that you believe he may have an extremely serious medical condition that he is ignoring and you are concerned that if he becomes rapidly unwell you need to make sure you can keep things going at home, you don’t want to lose the house etc if he can’t work.

I would be screaming in frustration if I was you, my Dad can be the same and drives my Mum crazy. I really hope you can get him to see sense but if not, the questions above might genuinely be useful to have answers for. I’m so sorry, he is being utterly selfish by refusing to address this.

Fingers crossed he does come round soon. Wishing you strength until then.

LadyEloise Tue 11-May-21 08:56:38

QuickNC789
I too have a dh who won't see a doctor and is stubborn re medical issues and he has had some serious ones.
It is so frustrating.
He won't take a paracetamol when in pain. I think he thinks he has to be tough and taking a tablet would be wimpy. 🙄

Lindtnotlint Tue 11-May-21 00:43:45

Type 1 here so some experience. If he has sugars sufficiently high to cause pear drop breath then they will EASILY show up on a big standard blood glucose monitor from the pharmacy. Ignore all the people saying this is complicated and it depends on time of day. Yes that’s true if you are trying to make fine distinctions, if you are trying to work out whether he is in danger of dying near term, a spot check is fine. If over 7 then you have cast iron case for dr appointment. If much over then straight to A and E. I understand it may be impossible to get him to go to dr but I do not think it is impossible to get him to do a five second finger prick test. As a previous poster suggested you can practice on yourself to make sure it all works.

Please do this. Urgently. It is serious if it is at the point of pear drop breath and can become fatal. If the result is not high then you can go back to letting him be in charge of his own health (you won’t know he definitely isn’t pre-diabetic, but you will have some reassurance the problem isn’t mega urgent).

Please don’t be put off by folks implying it is v complex - just get the test kit from any pharmacy and get it done. It will take seconds and then you can both relax. Or not.

Torvean Tue 11-May-21 00:12:27

SunshineCake

I've just re-read a thread where a woman lost her dh when he was early thirties. They have five children. He had diabetes. Undiagnosed I think. I'd be bloody furious if this my husband. Risking leaving me a widow and my children fatherless when he could do something about it.

My friends lost her sister and father young as they didn't manage their diabetes well.

Torvean Tue 11-May-21 00:10:46

Does he eat anything sweet during the night as that could also explain it.
The Pear / ketone smell happens when blood sugar is extremely high and he would feel unwell, often very sleepy snd hard to rise. Unsteady on feet and a bit confused.

He really needs a blood test to check. Nurses at Gp surgeries are doing them.
It's a fasting one and they do them from when the practice opens , so no work worries.

It's important he gets checked so it can be treated, or counted out. However if he continues to gain weight his risk of diabetes increases.

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