Re: [IP] IP] IS A HYPOGLYCEMIC EVENT A EMERGENCY ??
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- Subject: Re: [IP] IP] IS A HYPOGLYCEMIC EVENT A EMERGENCY ??
- From: Denise Mary May <email @ redacted>
- Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 10:23:10 -0500
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In Minnesota, one of the questions on the application for a drivers
license is do you take insulin... Many years ago, there was a traffic
fatality caused by a diabetic driver who lost consciousness. So every
IDDM driver in the state of MN has to have their doctor fill out a form
stating that we are capable of driving. Blatant discrimination. This
episode occured back in the day of NPH/Lente pre-DNA recombinant
insulin. The state does not question the driving abilities of other
potientally impaired groups of people, most notably persons with past
DUI convictions. Even some persons with epilepsy have driving
privileges (not all). There are a lot of people taking medications that
could cause drowsiness, for another example. A low blood sugar in a
diabetic person can be quickly fixed, but only if that person can get to
a source of glucose. When it's time to park the car, park it. It's
better than running into something or someone.
>My advice is to let it alone and next time, carry orange juice or other forms
>of glucose with you at all times. You should never be driving without juice,
>glucose tabs, or another quick acting sugar food in the car.
>I think you are opening doors to all sorts of problems for yourself. If you
>start drawing too much attention to your diabetes, you might find yourself in
>hot water with your drivers license. You certainly aren't helping other
>people with diabetes by drawing attention to the fact that you were driving
>and having a hypoglycemic episode. I'd be careful about trying to educate the
>legal system too much about diabetes. The long-term response might be to
>restrict the driving privileges of people with diabetes.
>The fact of the matter is you parked in an illegal parking zone and got a
>parking ticket. It's your own fault for not having sugar with you. Just be
>glad that the whole episode only cost you $115. You didn't have an accident
>and no one got hurt. There was no involvement with the police except for the
>parking ticket. Your parking in the illegal zone and your lack of
>preparedness in your diabetes care is what cost you the money, not the judge's
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