Wallace recently moved to Diboll, Texas from Hope, Arkansas. He had been in the logging business for fifteen years. He joined a Texas crew in early April. A co‐worker’s wife sent cookies to welcome him to the crew. Wallace loaded log trucks all morning and snacked on the cookies. As a diabetic, he knew that the cookies could send him into a diabetic episode, but he ate them anyway. By 11:00 a.m., Wallace was feeling tired and weak. He didn’t want to stop working to walk to the truck and take his insulin. The crew leader noticed that Wallace was working very slowly and he asked Wallace if everything was OK. Wallace explained that his blood sugar was too high and he needed his insulin. The crew leader retrieved the medicine and Wallace administered it. The crew leader was surprised to learn that Wallace had diabetes.
Take Home Message:
Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to kidney failure, amputation and blindness. Diabetes is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
Although many people are embarrassed to admit they have diabetes, it is common. Talking to coworkers about diabetes and what to do in an emergency could save your life.
Common Symptoms of Diabetes:
Information from The American Diabetes Association:
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