Did they seriously call a hypoglycemic episode a "diabetic attack"?????

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/girl-9-saves-mom-diabetic-atta...

This kind of thing drives me CRAZY. So, in a "diabetic attack" does your pancreas go crazy and try to kill you? Argghhhh!

In case the link doesn't work, here's the article:

A fast thinking 9-year-old Illinois girl was able to help guide her mother to safety after the woman suffered a diabetic attack while driving at speeds of up to 70 mph.

Jennifer Sheridan, 42, was driving her daughter Aleksandra to McDonald's in Frankfort, Ill., after the two had attended a high school basketball game on the evening of Jan. 18. Sheridan, who has type 2 diabetes, had a diabetic attack when her blood sugar suddenly dropped. She told ABCNews.com that she was not aware of what was happening.

"I was still conscious, and talking, my daughter said. I don't remember any of that," Sheridan said. "We went through, she says, a red light, and then I know I kept saying, 'We have to stop.' That was in my mind, but it wasn't clicking."

Sheridan said that they passed her house and the McDonald's. Aleksandra was screaming and crying during the wayward drive, which she says must have lasted 15 to 20 minutes, but kept talking to her mother.

"She says she kept telling me different things, that I was going too fast, or too slow," Sheridan said.

While the car was still moving, Sheridan's husband called. She said that Aleksandra was on phone screaming that they were going off the road.

Her car eventually veered to the right, through a small ditch and a group of trees. At that point Aleksandra turned the car off, preventing the still moving car from hitting a tree.

Luckily, both mother and daughter were unharmed. Once the car was off, Aleksandra slowly fed her mother a chocolate bar that was in the car's cup holder.

"Once we were stopped and she could focus, she fed me," Sheridan said. "She said, 'I kept just giving little pieces so you wouldn't choke.'"

Police and the fire department were called to the scene by a passerby who saw the incident. The story also caught local media attention from WBBM-TV and Fox News.

Sheridan says the next thing she actually remembers was being in the ambulance. Police who arrived on the scene congratulated Aleksandra, and even gave her a yellow duck toy, which they call the "Golden Duck Award for Heroes."

This is not the first time Aleksandra has come to her mom's aid when she had a diabetic attack. Two years ago, while they were in their home, the girl called 911 when she found her mother on the kitchen floor.

Sheridan said that she is now using an insulin pump, which is designed to eliminate lows in blood sugar in diabetics. She said that she will soon be on the list for a new pancreas. With a daughter and a 16-year-old son with cerebral palsy, she says she needs to be in top form. For now, she's happy that both she and Aleksandra are unscathed.

"Every day, I wake up and think, 'Yes!'" she said.

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Obviously, the article was written by someone who is not familiar with the proper terminology.

This part of the story is even more frightening. Sheridan said that she is now using an insulin pump, which is designed to eliminate lows in blood sugar in diabetics. She said that she will soon be on the list for a new pancreas. With a daughter and a 16-year-old son with cerebral palsy, she says she needs to be in top form. For now, she's happy that both she and Aleksandra are unscathed. Pumps cannot prevent hypo's and I didn't know that they were going to start giving out new pancreas' If so where does the line start.

It's a nice feel good story I just wish they knew what they are talking about.

The article says Type 2, but it sounds much more like Type 1. Once more articles get these things confused.

I have often read / heard diabetics call an episode (high or low) as a diabetic attack. It is possible the reporter is just reporting what was told, as Stemwinder said.

A T2 can certainly wear a pump and experience a hypo.

Confusion and ignorance are common with diabetes...it is sad when it comes from the diabetics themselves :(

I agree, I wouldn't be too surprised if the diabetic themselves is misinformed. It amazes me everyday working in the health care field. how many people and not just diabetics, but any chronic illness. And they know so little about it. I've said it numerous times, we really do represent a small number of the diabetic population that are educated about their disease and the treatment needed. Sadly we are not the norm.

C'mon Shawnmarie, have you never heard of a diabetic attack? That's where one of us slaps a mediocre journalist who writes a poorly researched article that perpetuates stereotypes. :-)

Would that make this thread a diabetic counterattack or a counterattack by diabetics or an attack by counter-diabetics or...

Not once, but three times diabetic attack was mentioned. Sheesh. I'm having a diabetic attack reading it.

lol, this cracked me up, Geri.

Must have been a slow news day in Frankfurt.

No it was her sugarless brain that's crazy , it tried to kill people with her car. I don't believe low blood sugar is the cause I think these indaviduls believe they have the right to drive their car and put others at risk along with jeopardizing all PWD's driving privileges. In Texas she would no longer have driving privileges and it would take months of medical evaluation before a judge would reinstate here privileges. Unfortunately it's just as bad as drunk driving, the story says she had no idea what happened...her statement..."I was still conscious, and talking, my daughter said. I don't remember any of that,"

We see these story's way to often....this discussion should be about:  How can we stop this?...If the D community can't stop this then main street will.

There's not enough medical info to be certain what the cause was. Had she prebolused for the food? Been jumping up and down @ the game, some other change? I can only guess but it would be great to see more of these news stories investigate what actually happened.

People don't want to read about that & the woman may not even know. It's a filler article. Child saves mother is their story.

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