Ten minutes can be a lifetime.

March of last year my husband was still really sick, and we had moved into the condo, but still had the townhouse.  We got in the vehicle, and I drove to the townhouse, from there we were going out to have lunch.  He stayed in the car, while I switched off lights, opened blinds, and checked everything.

Ten minutes later, when I got in the vehicle, my husband wasn’t coherent. He was mumbling, sweating, and having a sugar low.  I drove to the next street, where our condo is, ran in the house, and got the Emergency Diabetic Kit,.  I mixed the vial with the product in the syringe, shook it, and shot him up with it.  I then did a sugar reading.  It was 29.

As he was sitting in the passenger seat, and the hospital is less than a miles from our home, I drove him there, breaking all speed records.  Once I arrived, they took him in, and couldn’t even get a reading.  That meant it was below 20, and he was in a diabetic coma.

Of course he survived it, but Ten minutes really can be a lifetime, or loss of life, to a diabetic.  Please take time to know the signs.



  1. This is So Important! And does your husband now wear an ICE (in case of emergency) tag around his neck when he goes out? I do. That and a pacemaker tag. I’ve had scary non-diabetic hypoglycemia. It’s no picnic if you pass out. Your husband is fortunate he had you there as a quick-witted, knowledgeable partner! As you say, every minute counts.

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  2. A good friend of mine – my co-host at the time, actually – died this way about a decade ago. He lived alone. I’m glad you were there for your husband. You’re right, minutes matter. Seconds sometimes. Best of luck to you both.

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  3. You’re a wonderful woman. This is what it truly means ‘For better or for worse’. I am glad that he survived. Thank God that you’re there for him. God bless.

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  4. Wow, that is scary. My husband woke us up a few years back with violent spasms from a seizure. 5 o’clock in the morning on Father’s Day. Really gave us a scare. It turned out his lung cancer had metastasized to his brain and the tumor was infected. That infection probably saved his life because if not for it, the tumor would have gone unrecognized for who knows how long and it would have killed him!

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  5. I feel the same about cancer research and drugs, pharmaceutical companies. Medicines are making them huge profits. I don’t think it will ever change. More power to you Susie.

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  6. I am frustrated I didn’t do this 18 years ago when we moved into this development. We should have stayed with their package, and not continued with everything we had at our house. We didn’t even check to see what the H.O.A. package was.

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