The other day I met with the local rep for the ADA here in Fresno. She was a great person and full of information that has been helpful to me in building the communities. Also the information has been great material for the radio shows I host during the week discussing diabetes and diabetics and anything else relating to diabetes that comes up.
It seems there is never a dull moment on the sho so far and the hour goes by fast whether I am talking for the full hour, which is easy for me or answering question from listeners.
Well this week I was speaking about some of the material she gave me and one thing stood out and gave me ammunition for the weeks to come or until I get something going here.
She gave me one of the cards that the ADA suggest that all diabetics carry on them at all time for the info it contains. Well on the front of the card in BIg Red Letter it says I HAVE DIABETES. Well that's good for a start. It then goes on to say "I may be having a low blood sugar reaction to insulin or a diabetes pill. If I cannot be awakened or cannot swallow, do not try to give me anything to drink. Dial 911. Okay good so far right?
Next. If I 'm awake but acting strangely give me some regular soft drink, juice, milk, hard candy, or some sugar. If I do not get better in 15 minutes call 911 or get me to a hospital.
This is all well and good, but, if you live in an area like I do, someone seeing a person acting strangely is ground for a person to usually call the cops not an ambulance. Then when the cops get there, if I am still acting strangely, they may not be able to get to the card in my poket and may thing I am drunk or a little crazy and if I in anyway show aggression they may use a taser or worse. Now to me this seems a bit nuts and I can see something like this happening to me. I also have a heart condition and everyone knows when you have a heart attack you grab your chest or your arm. Plus they show it on TV all the time. When have they ever shown a person having a low blood sugar attack? When have you ever seem a 15 or 30 second spot about that during prime time or any time that someone is up. I mean maybe at 3 in the morning it's on but I don't think it is even on then.
I have never seen this and all I can think of is what is a cop going to do in this day and age. What is a person driving by going to do? You may get shot by a drive by because of the way you are acting. The cops may arrest you till they find the card or worse they me beat you because of your aggression till they find the card. In my case if they taser me with a bad heart, that might just kill me.
So this really bothers me. My thought is this.
There should be a commercial or psa about this shown at prime time or during the today show or sometime when the public can see it and understand it.
I am going to start work on this by posting videos on You Tube and my sites to get people to watch. I am then going to send these videos to TV stations and approach the networks. \
No one else will try so I wil. I haven't seen anyone do this or try it. I will.
I would like to hear what you guys have to say.
Even if you think I am nuts tell me I can take it.
Heck I am DIABETARIFFIC. I can take anything.
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