I’m not going to make any friends with this post, but it’s important and it needs to be said. I should warn you that this is a driving with diabetes RANT, and I’m pretty hot right now. Am I the only type 1 diabetic that sits in his car for half an hour or more if his blood sugar is low, waiting for my blood sugar to rise, waiting until it’s safe for me to drive? If my blood sugar falls below 80 mg/dl, I DO NOT DRIVE. I take glucose, and I wait. I sit, and I wait, I wait until I see my blood sugar has risen above 80 again, but I DO NOT DRIVE. If you’re on my FB list, you’ve seen me post when this happens, and I sit there as long as it takes. Whether it’s takes 15, 30, or 45 minutes. It makes me so angry when I see diabetics posting about hypoglycemia while driving, like it’s no big deal. Acting like they’re not even aware they did anything wrong? Do you post on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook, when you’ve been drinking and drive home? When you’re not sure if you’re drunk, but you might be, so you’re not going to post about it? Hell no! Diabetics have medical devices that PROVE they are unfit to drive, yet some choose to post it all over the internet when they do so anyway! What is wrong with some people?!?! Can you tell I’m hot about this?
When you drive, KNOWING that you’re hypoglycemic, you are worse than a drunk driver. You KNOW that you have a condition that can impair your driving, and you’re making the conscious choice to drive anyway, because waiting for your blood sugar to rise is so terribly inconvenient. Poor you. You’re putting not only your life at risk, but the lives of everyone on the road, just like a drunk driver. I understand that some people can’t feel their hypoglycemia symptoms. I’m not talking about them. That happened to me once 20 years ago too, where an unfelt hypo left me unconscious at the bottom of a ravine in my car. Thank god I didn’t kill anyone. That has never, and will never, happen again. It scared the hell out of me, and so I never drive without knowing my blood sugar. I’m talking about all the diabetics I see post about driving, while knowing that they are hypo. I’m afraid to actually Google this topic. It’s people like this that make getting our drivers license renewed such a pain in the ass. I can only hope that their behaviors change before they kill themselves, or worse, someone else.
The online community loves to rally around causes. I saw we rally around this one. Responsible driving as a diabetic. Before you put that car in drive, you check your blood sugar, and if you’re hypo, YOU DO NOT DRIVE until you’re not. If you feel hypo while driving, pull over and check. That picture up there at the top of the post is a picture of a young lady who was killed by a diabetic driver who plead guilty to driving on a suspended license (due to her lack of diabetes control), who admitted that her blood sugar was to low to drive. That same woman had been in 3 previous accidents due to the same circumstances, but this time she killed someone.
PLEASE DON’T DRIVE WHILE HYPOGLYCEMIC
SAVE A LIFE!!!