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I like your blog, it’s always fun to come back and check what you have to tell us today.

Great and frightening story about the driving and hypoglycemia Amy (frightening more than great, but thank you as always for filling us in, even on something -- especially on something -- so scary). In my view, there is no excuse for anyone with diabetes to get in a car and drive and not test first - and even though it's a huge pain, for anyone who has hypoglycemic unawareness of any degree, there isn't an excuse for continuing to drive and not stopping to test regularly if it is a long trip.

I think Doug's case is a little different for various reasons - but most of this is covered in the reactions to Amy's blog. Definitely encourage readers to go there - it is sobering, but so important for us all to keep in mind the very scary things that can happen.

In the wake of the Avandia and rimonabant recent goings on in DC, I've been saying that even insulin wouldn't be approved today. Of course that's wrong - the benefit (it saves lives) is so high that the risk of severe hypoglycemia is still considered an acceptable trade off. Great. So that puts the pressure on patients with diabetes who are at risk of hypoglycemia to check their BG more frequently - especially those of us who drive a lot (thankfully, I don't). I think it's pretty reasonable for us to be expected to be hypervigilant - especially looking at those pictures.

Unfortunately, there is a darker side to all this. See my latest post at
http://www.diabetesmine.com/2007/06/when_things_get.html .

- AmyT

Anna who?

Actually, both would be great. And, of course, we wouldn't wish Doug any harm, either, so it's FAR far better for him to have this resolved. People just respond to hype - sad but true, it's one kind of education.

A public spokesperson would be great - even just more people who already HAVE it who are already celebrities/public figures who are willing to speak out would be nice. I can think of a couple of people in particular who are diabetic but never talk about it - but who sure would receive attention if they would be willing to speak out. For whatever reason they haven't. It's not a responsibility for them to do so, but just - it would be nice.

On a personal note, I think the war in Iraq _should_ be working against the party that engineered it, so I can't argue there.

Very interesting perspective! However, my personal feeling is that rather than using a public trial as education for the rest of the country, we would be far better off with a public figure actually living with this disease rather than a flash-in-the-pan trial that makes news for a short period, then becomes tomorrow's forgotten news story (it won't be long before Anna Nicole Smith becomes a forgotten page in news history).

While we have Mike Huckabee with type 2 diabetes as a potential Presidential candidate, I don't see him likely to emerge, as his Republican rivals have raised far more money than he has, and the political pendulum seems to be swinging away from the Republicans as the lingering war in Iraq seems to be working against the party that engineered it. Only time will tell, but I still believe that until we have a prominent public spokesman (e.g. politician) with the disease, it will not receive the public attention it really deserves.

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