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Re: [IP] Re: driving



In MN, all IDDM people have to get a doctor's signature on a form that 
says that this person is capable of driving a car.  They want to know 
certain other things, for example, the date of the last episode of 
hypoglycemia that required the assistance of another to overcome.  The 
form must be submitted at varying intervals.  For some diabetics, it is 
6 months.  I asked my doctor to check the box for the 4-year interval - 
I haven't passed out with a low since 1991 (knock on wood).  It's not a 
very fair law, but at the time it came into existence during the '70s, 
it was the best solution to the problem of diabetics losing control of 
their vehicles because of wacky blood sugars.  The impetus came from a 
person who lost a loved one, who I believe was a child, in an accident 
that occurred that way.

An updated version would skip the signature business, and require a CGMS 
in use (when possible) or current BG reading in range, or better yet, 
both of those, plus glucose tablets or other source of sugar to treat a 
low.  That would accomplish far more than a piece of paper.

Off my soapbox,
Denise

On 1/31/2011 8:00 AM, Candace Hackney wrote:

> said to the police, "she was all over the road, she is drunk." The police
> officer said she is not drunk, she is a diabetic. " They found my test kit in
> the car.
>
 > After that accident, the Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) required that my
doctor
> fill out a form (every 6 months I believe it was) that showed how my blood
.
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