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  1. Anne Findlay
    Anne Findlay March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the update. It is appalling to read about the treatment that Doug Burns and others have received because of misunderstandings and ignorance of diabetes health issues by law enforcement. I agree that more education would be helpful and does need to be ongoing.

    However, I also want to suggest that as people with diabetes, we have a responsibility to get off the road if we are having a BG that impairs our ability to drive safely. If you are already at the point of “swerving all over the road,” you are endangering yourself and others. People with severe hypoglycemic unawareness may need to take extra precaution while driving. CGMs can be especially useful in this situation as well as more frequent testing and perhaps letting the BG ride up just a tad.

  2. AmyT
    AmyT March 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm | | Reply

    Thanks, Anne – but I think “swerving all over the road” is the point at which the PWD has lost their sense of reason. If they were thinking straight, OF COURSE they’d pull over before it went that far, right?

  3. Ron
    Ron March 11, 2012 at 6:40 am | | Reply

    I am a PWD with type 1 DM for 50 years. I have been driving for the last 40 of them.

    Although I agree, police need education about hypoglycemia, we need to understand that most people who have erratic driving and are confused (and sometimes combatant) usually have alcohol intoxication, not diabetes.

    People with diabetes have to take responsibility to avoid lows while driving at all costs. Unfortunately, sometimes that means loosening up a little on control while driving. Accidents due to hypoglycemia often occur in people who have had diabetes for a while and stop believing it could happen – IT COULD HAPPEN!.

    Unfortunately a study in Canada has shown that motor vehicle accidents in people with diabetes increase as HgbA1C decreases (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19997624). Even if a person with diabetes is willing to assume the risks of low blood sugar for himself/herself to optimize control, he/she should NOT put others (passengers in their cars, people in other cars on the road, pedestrians) at risk. Unfortunately at times this means either choosing between NOT driving, or accepting slightly higher blood glucose levels. All Persons with Diabetes should drive with food within reach so if necessary, they can eat without stopping if they think they are dropping or may drop (yes it is better to stop and test if you can, but on a highway, that isn’t always possible to do without delay). While driving, it is better to treat if you don’t need it than to not treat if you do need it and go low. If you get killed in a car accident due to a low blood sugar, you don’t have to worry about living long enough to develop later complications of diabetes………

    Until we have better means of control, people with diabetes will continue to walk a tightrope between low blood glucose and high blood glucose. We have to hope, we “don’t fall off” and/or injure ourselves or others if we do fall.

  4. Dr John
    Dr John March 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm | | Reply

    Dream on. Your talking about Henderson police abuse and it goes way beyond Diabetes.

    Wake up. Henderson police are out of control, abusive and overzellous. They can not be trusted. Trainging means nothing to these Terrorist.

    Henderson is a bad place to visit or live.

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