So I’m on vacation, starting a book called “24 Hours” by Greg Iles. In the first few pages we learn that the five-year-old in the story has Type 1 diabetes. Naturally I roll my eyes, thinking that there will be so many inaccuracies I will not be able to stick with the book. The story proceeds and the little girl is kidnapped and the parents are under pressure to get her back before she dies of ketoacidosis due to lack of insulin.

I am not yet done with the book, but I was impressed with Mr. Iles’ handling of the D issue, which is critical to the plot. Without getting into too much medical detail, he talks about Humalog and long-acting insulins, and how ketoacidosis can occur. It’s not an easy task to clearly communicate those facts to a mass-market audience without bogging the story down. Like I said, I’m not quite done, but I have a feeling that one of the kidnappers is going to die due to someone administering a huge insulin injection!

It’s a clever plot, and if you’re in the mood for a thriller you might want to pick up “24 Hours”.

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Comment by LJ on August 30, 2007 at 3:42pm
I read the book years a go and your guess is wrong ;) I think it is weird in part though. Abby says her 'tootie' feels funny which is her girly bits and that indicates she's high. That's a new symptom to me!

If you are curious, this book was made into a movie called Trapped with Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon, and Dakota Fanning.. but they changed diabetes to asthma. I think it was wrong to change that. Dakota is an awesome actress and could have portrayed diabetes very accurately.
Comment by Lara on August 30, 2007 at 6:51pm
I am curious about the movie. Thanks for the info!

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