Hypoglycaemia on a trip to the USA
Recently I was traveling on an aircraft to the USA when the lady next to me got up to use the restroom and collapsed on the floor just outside the restroom, luckily a fellow passenger and an air stewardess were on hand to check on her wellbeing, but that suddenly changed when an announcement was made for any medical doctors on the flight to make themselves known to the crew.
Quickly an American doctor made himself known and after several minutes he came to the assumption that we had a medical emergency and needed to get medical assistance ASAP for the young lady.
A stewardess came across and asked if the lady was sitting next to me, and I confirmed that the lady was, and that was her hand luggage.
I said the lady has slept most of the flight and refused any food or fluids and when she got up ahe was very unsteady on her feet and thought she may be a diabetic, this was later confirmed by the doctor and the paramedics at Toronto airport, luckily from incident to get the lady to medical assistance was around 30 minutes tops.
Hypoglycaemia is a serious health risk for anyone who suffers from diabetes if there is an imbalance between the amount of insulin in the body and the amount of food that has been eaten.
Quite often the symptoms of hypoglycaemic shock can appear quite mild at first, most diabetics know the warning signs and will avoid this happening to them by taking food at regular intervals and taking prescribed medication at the correct time too and also monitor their physical activity.
On occasion, they ignore these symptoms and quite rapidly the symptoms change and they go into hypoglycaemic shock and requiring urgent and immediate medical attention because hypoglycaemia can lead to a coma or even death if medical attention is not sorted immediately.