In Praise of Emergency Services


Not long after going to bed last night, I suffered from a major low blood sugar event. I have had these before and keep glucose gels handy for just such an eventuality. However, last night, my wife was unable to revive me and could not get me to swallow the gel. She called emergency services.

By the time I was conscious of my surroundings there were five medical staff from the local fire hall attending in my bedroom along with two paramedics, and with another two apparently on standby. The whole crew helped to bring me around, and the two paramedics stayed for about an hour to make sure I was safe.

We kind of expect them to know what they are doing medically, and they sure do. But over and above all that, their attitude, as I have witnessed before in earlier incidents, was one of humour and courtesy and kindness and a constant desire to help.

With all the news stories circulating these days about wait times and service delays with emergency services in BC, I believe it is important to recognize these folks for the guardian angels they usually are. And I know that I am able to write this today only because they were they were there to help when my wife and I needed it.

4 Responses to In Praise of Emergency Services

  1. Dorothy Barkley says:

    Jak, I am so sorry to hear of what both you and Sherry went through but so grateful that you received such great care.

  2. Marial Shea says:

    This sounds scary, but also wonderful that you received such fine care. Have you considered getting a continuous glucose monitor, like a Dexcom? They indicate what direction your blood sugar is heading, and wake you up when you are going low. The Dexcom was a gamechanger for me.

    • jakking says:

      Many thanks for your concern, Marial. I am not sure how well a Dexcom works in the case of sheer stupidity — I monitor my sugars fairly constantly and when I went to bed my readings were quite normal. I believe what happened was that I took my “immediate effect” insulin (in a large dose) instead of my extended release type which I use at night. I won;t make that mistake again!

      • Marial Shea says:

        I sympathize, having myself done pretty much every stupid thing it is possible to do with insulin, including the swap you describe.

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