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Posted: Jul 4, 2014

Last year I'd written a blog about Revina Garcia - a Type 1 diabetic in New Mexico who had caused a fender bender when she had a low blood sugar (hypo) at the wheel of her car.  It was horrible the way she was treated.  Sadly, the officers mistook her for being drunk.

Advance a year later - and once again - a similar occurrence has occurred to an Edmonton man here in Canada by the name of Mitchell Chernoff.  He was pulled over by the RCMP due to having an unpaid speeding ticket, put into the Edmonton Remand Centre for 20 hours.  If you look at the link for the ERC - it states it's the " most technologically advanced remand facility in Canada ".  I'm scratching my head here wondering ... "For an unpaid speeding ticket you go to this huge complex?"   

He is a Type 1 diabetic like me, and the officers took his insulin away from him.  Of course, resulting in his going to a level most of us would be screaming bloody hell out to the world (I wonder if he did that - which might have made matters worse?).

It's just all very puzzling as to why this happened.  Twenty hours without insulin.  Scary.  

You can read more about this story at this CBC News link - and rest assured - a few of us in the DOC (diabetes online community) - are looking further into this - one of them is Chris Miller who is a reporter at Western Catholic Reporter - in his free time - he's delving into this - just like I am!  

Once again - was diabetes misunderstood with what occurred here!  Sadly, not just by nonmedical folks do not understand this disease - but actual medical practitioners - who sometimes misdiagnosis.  Time to start a petition! 

 

 

 

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Posted: Jul 22, 2013
I am really saddened at this news report of a woman (Revina Garcia) in Santa Fe, New Mexico - who apparently was having a low blood sugar (the news media is calling it a "diabetic episode") - which caused her to have a car accident.  


Yes, many of you will go - she should have checked her blood sugar (BG) before driving - maybe she did - maybe she didn't - as the news video and article do not state too many details.  Still it's very sad the way she was treated - and hopefully those officers who "attended" her - will in future - NOTtreat a person this way - before seeking more info if the person is not responsive (e.g. was she wearing an ID bracelet - wallet ID??).  

I know that I am aware of my BG variations - I can tell when I'm going low - I can tell when I'm high (though sometimes when testing - I'm not high - but in a good zone - just dehydrated).  I don't always test my BG before going on a short errand around town - maybe I should start this practise - maybe all of us should?  When I am driving a long trip - by MYSELF - I am very anal about testing my BG - pulling over to check every few hours (this is where a CGMS could be useful).  I always have quick acting food close by - incase I can't pull over safely.  Do you do the same thing?

Here's the link - (http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/dashcam-video-shows-womans-arrest-during-diabetic-episode/-/9153762/21042682/-/n9uafd/-/index.html)

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or more info on driving as a diabetic - you can check out the links below - that may help you understand more - why perhaps the police suspected Ms. Garcia had been under the "influence" -

1) American Diabetes Association - Diabetes and Driving
2) Canadian Diabetes Association - FAQ's on Diabetes and Driving
3) Becton Dickinson webiste - Driving and Diabetes 
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