Did they seriously call a hypoglycemic episode a "diabetic attack"?????
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.
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.
If you look on the ADA site, you can check out the driver regulations by state. I believe that just 1 severe hypo in my home state is supposed to result in a suspended license until medical review - wherever the hypo occurred. I do not think there is a tight connection between the EMTs and the DMV.
This is a tough one.
Getting away from the Diabetes Attack, there was an article yesterday in the New York Times about diabetes and driving. It made the point that not only does insulin cause low blood sugars but also some of the Type 2 drugs. At least it ended with a very reasonable remark:
The vast majority of accidents have nothing to do with diabetes, however, and Dr. Cox and other experts are wary of stigmatizing people with the disease. “We don’t want to isolate out diabetics as bad drivers,” he said.
Here is a story from my neighborhood... He ran over people because he forgot to take his insulin...
Did he forget? Did he take too much? Did he have a mini stroke? Not clear.
Here's another article about the same incident -- much more thoroughly researched and very well written:
TuD member MandiG posted a link in a blog post.
I sent an email to the reporter thanking her for good work and she was very appreciative.
As far as the actual story, I only wish the family would keep glucose tablets at the ready rather than a candy bar.
Well written until - "Two years ago, Jenifer said Alex took control of another bad diabetic situation and called 911 on her behalf."
What the heck is that??
I am glad this all worked out, what an awesome kid. I know this one involved a car and all but I do wish these types of stories did not make the paper. Who of us has not had a hero help us a time or two, I don't call the newspaper.
It's sensationalism in order to attract attention to the article... that said, people have Asthma attacks.