A rude awakening

By Puzzled Latest Reply 2012-03-06 09:59:38 -0600
Started 2012-03-03 09:41:29 -0600

Hello fellow diabetics,

Well I guess my story starts five years ago when I was diagnosed. I was in denial for at least three years. Of course I didn't research it or really think it was happening to me and continued on with my life. I then decided to loose weight and lost over ninety-five pounds. Well thats when the real horror begins. Yes I know sounds like thats when things should have gotten better. Well I was insulin driven and started to find myself going really low several times passing out and became extremely angry all the time. I thought it was metapose, empty nest syndrome, and anxiety. It took an accident which made me become more educated in what low blood sugar can really do to you. When I was driving one minute I was fine and then the next thing I know I woke up in my bed with my boyfriend telling me the police were outside. I was in a fog and my sugar was at 28 but still had no idea what was happening. The police claimed I hit some cars in the parking lot were I lived I totally denied it and go very beligerant with the police they thought I was drinking I kept telling them test me but they did not. Well long story short this incident has changed my whole life. I never had an accident or even a ticket in my life never even in trouble with the law. Well ends up they charged me with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident this put me into a depression and my life spiraled out of control. Had a lawyer that also didn't help, this led to me going to jail for 12 days, lost my liscense, and lost my job of ten years and now stuck in a depresses place because I worked twenty years to get where I was. I was an assistant principal and devoted my life to work and students. I was up for principal and in a matter of moments it was all taken away. Mainly because I was battling the courts over this incident they would not believe me that I wasn't drinking and that this was all related to my diabeties. Lets just say I felt like I went to hell and I am trying to get my life back and educate myself on how harmful it can be if you don't take diabeties seriously. If only I would have realized it before I am forty-nine still stuck in the court system, still fighting for my life back, still unemployed, and very puzzled at times. I guess I feel alone and desparate but I thank god every day that no one was hurt and I wasn't hurt physically but it has taken an extreme toll on my emotions and I feel like no one really understands. Well enough of that I don't want to depress anyone I just want you to know that you need to take it serious and educate yourself as much as you can because it can change your whole life in a negative way. Always check your levels before you drive. I am better now but still fighting for my life back.

15 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-03-05 22:42:26 -0600 Report


I am sorry that you have had this experience. It seems totally unfair. I hope that you are able to get this behind you as soon as possible. Looks like you are getting a lot of helpful advice from your friends here. Please keep usposted on how you're doing!


northerngal 2012-03-05 14:40:49 -0600 Report

You are not required to prove the negative. If the police did not take a breathalizer test on you, they cannot legally charge you with drunken driving (which of course they didn't, because you weren't). Find a diabetic specialist MD or Endocrinologist who can explain what happens to a person when their blood sugar drops too low. That is common knowlege in most places in this country, because they deal with it so much. You should also be fighting to keep your job (or be re-instated) because you lost it due to false accusations/assumptions. I realize that position may not be represented by a union, but there should still be an organization to help you with the fight. There is NOTHING that says you can't be a good employee JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE DIABETIC. Thats against the law in every state in the country! See a diabetic educator to learn more about how to better control the blood sugars and the type of precautions you need to take to keep yourself safe. (I carry Skittles candies, they don't freeze or melt). You will learn to feel the lows once you've experienced it and don't be afraid to grab something to eat or drink WHEN YOU NEED TO. Don't wait because it may inconvenience someone, take care of yourself. (It's much less inconvenient than having to call a rescue squad). Find an organization (or the school board) to help re-instate the job. There are several out there who work exclusively with diabetics and our concerns. American Diabetic Association isn't that great, but others are. I wish you the best of luck and don't stop fighting for yourself!

pixsidust 2012-03-04 20:15:29 -0600 Report

You had a really hard time!
I am sorry for what you went through…

My license plate holder says Diabetic Driver
I also have a window sticker in hopes that if something happens
like this that they figure out I am not drunk.
My Key chain say Diabetic, my wallet card does and my bracelet
trying to give me a fighting chance.

Its pure frightening what happened to you.
Please know you can rebuild your life
We will be your friends as you do

Puzzled 2012-03-04 20:58:19 -0600 Report

Thank you sooo much that really means a lot to me and I am going to do the same get a sticker and bracelet. I really appreciate all of you I wish I would have connected sooner. You all have restored my faith that there are good people out there and they do understand. You are right I will rebuild and it will be better than before. :)

pixsidust 2012-03-04 21:11:39 -0600 Report

I got mine from http://www.dadinnovations.com/products.html
Look in the Not Quite Perfect section. I use that blue carabiner key chain they have for 3 dollars. Its easy to find in my purse. The plate holder is good because the police always look at your plate. Hey follow me back. click on those following you and click on follow so we can all be friends

jayabee52 2012-03-03 17:59:57 -0600 Report

If the police thought you'd been drinking they should have done a breathalyzer test and or a blood alcohol test to determine what your BAC was. Seems like police misconduct to me.

I am so sorry to learn of your troubles and your missed opportunity for advancement as a result.

I "followed" you, "puzzled", please do me the kindness of following me back and we can become friends.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-03 16:39:26 -0600 Report

Hi, I am so so sorry you have been going through so much..Thank you for sharing your story with us..My heart goes out to you..and I hope that things will fall into place for you..and help to rebuild your life …please keep us posted on how you are doing..I think you are a very strong person..Take care..and if you need us we're here for you~:0) Karyn

gwinivere 2012-03-03 16:19:41 -0600 Report

This is so sad, I am sorry this has happened to you. I pray that God will make the changes in your life to open all the doors to help you.

tabby9146 2012-03-03 16:07:27 -0600 Report

so sorry you were treated that way and had that experience. Posts like this need to be said, because there are lots of diabetics that don't take it seriously and maybe this reach some of those who don't and change their minds. I hope things improve for you.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-03 14:44:51 -0600 Report

I am so sorry about what you have gone through.Was this your first low episode? Didn't you go to the hospital and get tested? Drs report about being insulin dependent and the low episode should have helped? I just don't understand how things went so south. I'm thankful I have drs who support me and actually look out for me even when I think I don't need it:)

I'm happy nobody was hurt and you are doing better. Remember, this will only make you stronger if you let it. You can get some of the things you lost back if you keep fighting for it.

Good luck

Puzzled 2012-03-03 14:59:43 -0600 Report

This was my first experience of going low within a five year period. It was a combination of exercise lose of weight and truthfully not eating much at all but I didn't lower my insulin intake which seems crazy but really just didn't think and I told the police that night that I was a diabetic but they did not take me to the hospital and clearly the outcome could have been far worse that night because it wasn't until nine the next morning that I became level headed and was in shock, ashamed, and scared from it all. I really could not believe it even happened until the ticket came in the mail and the lawyer told me not to tell them it was because of my sugar he said I would lose my license indefinately and it would cost me lots of money I felt something was wrong but I was so depressed at this time I put my faith in the lawyer which was the biggest mistake I did. So when I told the courts the truth they didn't believe me they made me drug test, take a breathalizer test 3 times a day put me on probation and they still make me take urine test three times a week after a year and a half of nothing clean clean clean. So many people can not believe it but I think it was because of my attitude towards the cop, the judge, and the probation officer. I admit I got a little lippy ok maybe alot lippy but they wouldn't listen and I do have a stubborn streak but the more I fought them on it the worse they became to me. I was problematic but I was just fighting for myself the only way I knew how. Oh well they won I am too tired and lost everything I worked hard for I don't have the fight in me anymore. I am just trying to figure out what I can do next because in education anything on your record is a no no. Thanks though it does feel good to talk to people about it.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-03 15:21:11 -0600 Report

Ok, I see the problems. Now, you are alive which means you do still have fight left in you! Don't just give up on what you have earned. I'm sure you can find someone to help you get another start.

I have faith in you!!

Puzzled 2012-03-03 14:25:32 -0600 Report

Thank you to all that have shared with me. I appreciate the support and kind words. I do thank god no real harm has come out of it and in time I will be better than ever and what keeps me hanging on is believing that all things happen for a reason and there are many good things that have come out of this but just sometimes it is hard to remember that and having good people reach out to help me through it is a blessing! Thank you all and have a blessed day.

Young1s 2012-03-03 10:36:07 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing that with us. Your story is definitely a reminder of the importance of staying on top of controlling our D and trying our best to be aware of the signs our bodies are giving us. It's not just the physical complications down the road that we need to concern ourselves with. I'm glad that you or anyone else weren't harmed. I hope you are able to get your legal matters worked out and your personal life back on track. Take care of yourself.

Next Discussion: Whole grains? »