This morning, I had a serious wake up call. I noticed a commotion in the parking lot next to my house, and went to investigate. When I got there, I was told about a Diabetic woman who was unconscious. Her friend told me that the woman had taken her insulin this morning, ate a breakfast sandwich with a cup of coffee. I asked if she had an emergency glucagon kit with her and the woman replied she did not. By the time the ambulance arrived, the woman had no pulse.
I am a type 2, who no longer needs insulin. However I do experience some serious lows in my sugar levels. It is common for me to drop into the 50's, occassionaly the 40's, and at one point a 35. I have always been fortunate enough to have my body give me warnings of these lows so that I can take some glucose or drink some orange juice. I will even wake up out of a sound sleep with cold sweats and shakes to warn me.
This incident this morning awoke me to the fact that there may come a time when I won't be able to take action. It is MANDATORY for all who take insulin, or anyone who experiences lows to have a Glucagon Emergency Kit with them. And even though those kits come with simple instructions for bystanders or family to use, make sure that those close to you or who are traveling with you, know the signs of Hypoglycemia, how to use the kit.
I was told later that the woman did not survive. I cannot help but wonder what the outcome may have been had I been dilligent enough to have a Glucagon Emergency Kit in my home.
In the last month, I experienced another incident where a woman in our Tae Kwon Do class almost went unconscious from low blood sugar levels…fortunately she was able to sip some orange juice and recover.
For those of you who do not know what Glucagon is, it is an injection that facilitates the release of stored glucose back into the bloodstream to assist those who are too out of it to assist themselves.
Please take precautions and be prepared. John
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