#1 healthcare blogger Amy Tenderich is hopping mad about a diabetic arrested for being hypoglycemic, and she’s rallying the Type 1 diabetics to the cause. Go over and read it — Diabetes Mine: Would You Believe… Doug Burns Going to Trial?. It’s another case of the police being boneheaded and a DA too scared to admit that they’re wrong–presumably in the police associations pocket come reelection time. But to force this to trial? Idiotic.
I have a great friend at college who went hypoglycemic and ended up falling into a river, and nearly drowned — until a medical student figured out what was happening and gave her some coke. I read a book by a Brit called “Metal jam” which showed the experiences of a Type 1 Diabetic going hypo. The rough answer is to figure out what’s up and get them sugar OR insulin (depending on whether they’ve had too much insulin or not enough!) But it’s a very dangerous situation that not enough people know about. Here’s Amy on one nasty time it very nearly happened to her.
And here’s Amy on ways to help Doug. I am very interested to see the power of the social networking in this case. And good luck to Doug.
UPDATE: I guess the Redwood City DA didn’t fancy having Amy sic a few hundred mad diabetics on him, so the charges have been dropped.