Here’s a brief story about a type 1 diabetic, driving and hypoglycemia.
My friend has type 1 diabetes and uses an insulin pump had some issues when she was driving last summer. While driving her young son to get ice cream on familiar roads, her sugar dropped dangerously low. Recalling from that ride is how the once familiar roads she often drives on became very unfamiliar. She then became lost. While driving, she came upon a car making a right turn but couldn’t stop or avoid the vehicle. She struck the car in the rear. She was still in a hypoglycemic state when hitting the car. Not aware that she had hit another car and kept on going, leaving the scene of the accident. Obviously the police had to get involved and put her under arrest for leaving the scene of an accident and now had to explain what had happened to her.
This situation could have been avoided if she had eaten before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Glucose tablets or candy should always be on hand but she didn’t have any in the car. She and her young son were very lucky as they were both unscathed in the accident and also lucky not to seriously injure others.
Hopefully this story gives awareness to diabetics about the dangers of driving. Also the importance of always having glucose tabs, candies and sweet drinks in your vehicle avoiding hypoglycemia. Remember to check your sugar and if possible don’t drive at all if you are unsure of your glucose level. It will save you and your loved ones’ life as well as others on the road.