Perhaps you or your loved one with diabetes is a little better about this than Silent Sam but Silent Sam is not interested in wearing a medical alert bracelet. Perhaps it is the word bracelet that throws him off but he just is not interested.
But we know this is really important and he should wear one.
This was brought to the forefront of my mind when I received a copy of the "Diabetes Docket" in my inbox. Okay, as usual, I am not sure how I got this newsletter but I was interested to read it. I think you might find it worth your time to check it out. (Click here for the link) You can also subscribe to it easily (there is a big read button on the page) if you would like to continue to receive it.
I read with interest the article on the front page entitled “Educating Police and First Responders on Diabetes”. The article really made me think about how important it is for not only police and others know the signs of hypoglycemia but for them to be able to know that you are diabetic. I know that I have heard of incidents where the police have thought a motorist was intoxicated when the driver was really in diabetic shock. (Here is a link to one such story)
To help, the American Diabetes Association has some pages that you can download to keep in your wallet and vehicle to help in case there is a problem. You want the first responder to be able to get you medical help as soon as possible and not confuse your symptoms with intoxication. You can look and print the pages here.
The American Diabetes Association is trying to reach out to each and every agency but it is a monumental task. If you would like to reach out to your local law enforcement, the American Diabetes Association would appreciate your help. You can email LegalAdvocates@diabetes.org. and they will work with you and help to provide information. The time you take to help to do this could be a great benefit to you and others in your community.
Thanks for reading!