In The News; Disturbing; Diabetic Man and Police Tazzing

By Latest Reply 2014-12-22 12:07:01 -0600
Started 2008-12-11 07:32:03 -0600

I have to bring this up because it definitely needs attention quickly on our side as diabetics, but definitely the police need more education and have to be more aware of looking for medical alert ideas, cards, etc. before tazzing someone. This man is in the hospital man. Apparently he went into diabetic shock while driving, and began driving like a drunk, which they say is a symptom, until he swerved and stopped truck, crossways in the middle of a highway. The police came in pulled him out of his truck and put their feet on his back, while struggling, the police repeatedly tazed him. And then, took him to a hospital. I was so disturbed when I saw this, not only for my husband with diabetes, but for myself having a pace maker implant; that could kill me. We need to make people aware that the car may need some sort of tag, Driver has a medical problem, or medical alert because they did not look for a bracelet or anything else. I think that the doctors should be told about this and we can campaign for them to have a small but visible medical alert tag for mirror, or label for dash.
If the doctors pass them out, for whatever your problem is, that way they can not be used for just anybody. I am going to look into this right now, and know exactly where to go.


16 replies

RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-22 12:07:01 -0600 Report

This discussion happened 6 years ago, and I just found it in 2014. However, I still think that it is relevant to today's Diabetic world. Having read all of the comments below, I am going to make a sign for my driver's passenger side window that says that "I am Diabetic and if I am driving erratically please give me orange juice, glucose tablet, or something with sugar to raise my sugar level as I am having a hypoglycemic attack." Paramedics would recognize the symptoms but police and regular firemen probably would not. They should all have to take a course to learn about certain disease symptoms so that they don't think the person is drunk.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-12-11 20:45:43 -0600 Report

It it a shame that stuff like this happens. You won't hear anything because the poice were wrong and they won't admit that. I know that they are given training to deal with people who are having any kind of episode. But it is not the first thing on their minds, thus these things happen.

The only way you will hear about it is if you take action and write an editorial to your local paper. You will have to be an advocate to make anything happen. There are ways to do that and raise awareness. Contact your local human interest reports and let them know the human side of what happened or what could happen.

highlandcitygirl
highlandcitygirl 2008-12-11 19:00:26 -0600 Report

we have had a similar situation around here recently.the police thought the guy was drunk and was being beligerant! needless to say they hurt him a little before they realized he had a problem.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-12-11 16:45:58 -0600 Report

You can use a local sign maker and get a symbol on the car window or bumper. It is more frightening to hear things like that. I never thought about it before I was diagnosed, now I see things very differently.

It could take away our "rights" to drive, but if we are going to be a hazard to others, maybe we should consider surrendering ourselves? That sounds bad, but I know I would not want to live with it on my heart that I killed someone because I thought I had a right to drive.

I think it should be voulentray thing. Infact, I have a guy who does signs for my business on my car, so he could do that too. Since my mom and I share the car, it would be good for both of us.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2008-12-11 18:00:28 -0600 Report

Personally, I had been asked if I had a mental illness; on drivers applications and renewals, and when I said yes, I just get out of jury duty. And I am legally blind in one eye and wear glasses and all they marked *tho quite aware* was glasses needed

2008-12-11 18:05:52 -0600 Report

People have heart problems, and a heart attack, stroke and other things are at risk, and what about special cars made for people missing limbs, would;nt they be risks? I really think that one persons response should not decide for all. Look at the big picture, and think about that poor guy; where/s the compassion I have not heard anything about him; just worried about how it would affect your lives.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-11 18:21:51 -0600 Report

I have a card and on the back it I guess is made by Bayer Healthcare,
At the top of the card it is bright red. In white letters real biG it says:
I HAVE DIABETES__

IF I AM UNCONSCIOUS OR MY BEHAVIOR IS PECULIAR,
I MAY BE HAVING A REACTION ASSOCIATED
WITH MY DIABETES OR ITS TREATMENT.

IN BIG RED LETTERS AGAIN IT SAYS;_
EMERGENCY TREATMENT
IF I AM ABLE TO SWALLOW, GIVE ME SUGAR, CANDY, COLA, ORANGE JUICE OR A SIMILAR BEVERAGE THAT CONTAINS SUGAR.

Call a doctor or emergency hospital

I have carried this card for years. I also have a different card in my glove compartment that is a little different. When I get it I'll let you friends know.

Now does anyone carry any cards like these…Debe___________

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-11 18:34:04 -0600 Report

Well I just got my other card out of the car. I got this card from American Diabetes Association.
EMERGENCY CONTACT CARD
I HAVE DIABETES
If I am unconscious or acting strangely, I may be having a reation to insulinor an oral medication. If I can swallow, give me sugar,candy,fruit juice or a sweetened drink. If I do not recover within 15 minutes or I cannot swallow, call 911.
My information and contact person is on the back of the card.
In case of emergency, contact the person named on the back of card.
Thanks…Debe

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-12-11 18:09:46 -0600 Report

I realize how terrible that situation was, but I also feel thatIt will take away the right of many people to drive.I personally Have Diabetes 2 , Have had heart surgery, An Illeostomy, very difficult to use seat belts, and most recently Panic attacks. For the past year I have not driven very much, a couple miles. But I'm afraid to drive because any one of my conditions can cause me to get into an accident, and possibly kill someone. I think It is very important for a person to decide the risks, Just like the elderly, whan to surrender the licence,Or when to take the responseability.of possibly taking anothers life.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-12-11 18:09:47 -0600 Report

I realize how terrible that situation was, but I also feel thatIt will take away the right of many people to drive.I personally Have Diabetes 2 , Have had heart surgery, An Illeostomy, very difficult to use seat belts, and most recently Panic attacks. For the past year I have not driven very much, a couple miles. But I'm afraid to drive because any one of my conditions can cause me to get into an accident, and possibly kill someone. I think It is very important for a person to decide the risks, Just like the elderly, whan to surrender the licence,Or when to take the responseability.of possibly taking anothers life.

2008-12-11 09:49:21 -0600 Report

I am a woman of my word, and have sent emails to ADA, Bayer and Nick Jonas; and then, PRESIDENT BUSH, I want to start taking action with the police dept, and our healthcare services now. I also have initiated myself to endorse project.
See the steam coming out of my ears, just google; diabetic man tazzered by police, than maybe you will understand.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2008-12-11 10:46:58 -0600 Report

With this kind of action and identification on cars etc.., next we'll all have our drivers license's pulled because we are identified as a potential hazard. Be careful what you wish for!!

2008-12-11 11:14:41 -0600 Report

That's a little bit presumptious, don't you think. Maybe if I hear nothing before January. But, regardless this issue needs to be attended to, unless you are not afraid to die.