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Old January 21st, 2013, 06:36 AM   #1
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If you're diabetic and decide to go for a drive in the wee hours of the morning, while your blood sugar is dangerously low, please wear your seatbelt.

If you choose not to wear your belt... Fine, that's more money in my pocket. However, please put at least a seatbelt on your child. Better yet, leave them at home.


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Old January 21st, 2013, 06:44 AM   #2
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None of that sounds good . I am glad there are brave people like you who do that job, I know I couldn't do it.
I can't even imagine what you have to see. If I look over while they are taking my blood I pass out.
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Good advice. As a diabetic, I stay away from any machinery and go NO WHERE with low BG numbers. Thankfully I can feel when Im low and I test often (10x a day) Unfortunately, there are a lot of diabetics that cant feel a sugar low, probably the case with the driver you are referring to, even more reason to test often.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 07:34 AM   #4
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there are a LOT of stupid people out there who don't have the brains to care about others: either their children or fellow drivers. heaven help us and protect you.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 07:57 AM   #6
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My friend drove when his sugar was low (he claims not to know that it was low). The police see him and think he is drunk. They pull him over, he gets pissed for them accusing him of drinking (he does not drink at all). One to many names from my freind and the police let him know how they felt about it. He woke up in the hospital with a black eye and fat lip (plus a IV for his sugar). Apparently he tripped. He is happy the police stopped him and not a tree or other car.
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My friend drove when his sugar was low (he claims not to know that it was low). The police see him and think he is drunk. They pull him over, he gets pissed for them accusing him of drinking (he does not drink at all). One to many names from my freind and the police let him know how they felt about it. He woke up in the hospital with a black eye and fat lip (plus a IV for his sugar). Apparently he tripped. He is happy the police stopped him and not a tree or other car.
I wonder if the dash cam shows him "tripping"?
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:30 AM   #8
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I wonder if the dash cam shows him "tripping"?
it's far easier to help someone up after they have tripped, if they are already cuffed and near the entrance to the back of the patrol car
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A friend of mine from high school died about 15 years ago on Thanksgiving eve. She was rushing around to do last minute preparations for Thanksgiving, her sugar dropped, and she passed out and drove head on into a semi.

She was normally very conscious about her sugar, but all it takes is once...
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A friend of mine from high school died about 15 years ago on Thanksgiving eve. She was rushing around to do last minute preparations for Thanksgiving, her sugar dropped, and she passed out and drove head on into a semi.

She was normally very conscious about her sugar, but all it takes is once...
Yep. Its very easy to get busy and not notice a drop in BG. Scary stuff.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 09:07 AM   #11
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Had a friend the same way. They went thru the drive thru and passed out while waiting for their food and rolled out in the road in front of a semi.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 02:05 PM   #12
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It's a simple process of watching your sugar, but some people just forget or get in a hurry. I can almost understand when it happens.

When you get behind the wheel and take your kid with you, it's beyond stupid or forgetful. If mom lives, she now has to deal with the fact that she killed her kid because she forgot to eat after taking her insulin.
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It's a simple process of watching your sugar, but some people just forget or get in a hurry. I can almost understand when it happens.

When you get behind the wheel and take your kid with you, it's beyond stupid or forgetful. If mom lives, she now has to deal with the fact that she killed her kid because she forgot to eat after taking her insulin.
Very sad
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I about got hit head on on I-94 between Chelsea and Ann Arbor a few summers ago. A guy got in his car and drove the wrong way for several miles. I was pulling the fifth wheel in the left lane. Fortunately I saw a huge dust cloud in front of us and I was able to slow down and get into the middle lane. About 10 seconds last the guy rocketed past us. I heard later that he finally wiped out a couple miles further down the road. I guess he was completely oblivious as to what had happened and tried to keep going. Nobody was killed. Had I not been paying attention and moved over, he would have hit us and easily killed 3 people and 7 dogs. Not to mention anyone caught in the pileup. His sugar was WAY off and should have been in a coma, but was able to drive 100+ mph.
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I am a Paramedic as well. I work in the E.R. and on the road. Man the shit I see on from day to day. What company do you work for? I kinda hear what your saying but there is many other things that throw a diabetic's sugar off, some are not there fault some are. Thing that gets me is the number of DUI that cause accidents. Just had a horrific roll over come in the other day with 3 adults and 3 kids, one adult died and on child. That trauma shut us down for almost 3 hours, They couldn't remember the last time we shut our trauma down.

Gets old driving home trying to let all the horrific things wash away, Almost numbing...

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my sugar never goes low. mine will go "high" if i dont eat right, or take my meds.
i have seen my sugars between 75 and 250, but i never feel any different.

will low sugar make you feel like being drunk?
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Paramedic from Canada here! Accidents happen at anytime, sucks when they are avoidable. Medic8 keep open and talk to folks don't let those ghost pile up brother!
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my sugar never goes low. mine will go "high" if i dont eat right, or take my meds.
i have seen my sugars between 75 and 250, but i never feel any different.

will low sugar make you feel like being drunk?

Depends how low you let it get. For me, I start to feel shaky like a caffeine buzz. If I dont get some simple carbs soon I start to feel irritable and very shaky then I start to sweat. It progresses from there joints start to lock up, start to see swirls of color, sweating profusely , confusion, irritability increases till you feel panicky and want to kill someone. Desperation is the best word I can think of very similar to feelings of drowning. A black out can occur and may be more likely to happen when energy is exerted like getting up out of a chair or walking quickly. These events can happen very quickly, within minutes. Usually the insulin dependent diabetics get the severe lows and get them often. I have never passed out, came close once or twice. Im usually on top of it. Drunkenness is not the description I would use for the sensation at all. Face can go kind of numb maybe thats what their referring to. I will add when treating a sugar low (eating/drinking simple sugars) the feeling coming out of it is no less than divine, an absolute relief and high.
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I know all about this. My father was a diabetic for many years. He owns a telephone pole due to his sugar crashing. Unfortunately drinking and maintaining a good state of health has led to him not being here anymore.
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