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because she has skipped her insulin shots and has been drinking sweet
cider, he says "She was having a hypo."
If she had an excess of blood sugar, that would be a HYPERglycemic
event. Coversely, a HYPO is a result of taking too much insulin, or not
consuming enough calories after an insulin dose. Although both are
serious conditions, hypoglycemia is more life-threatening than
hyperglycemia in the short term. If you encounter someone who you know
is diabetic and who is unresponsive, immediately summon emergency
assistance. If he or she is conscious, you could offer a sweetened
drink. In no circumstances should an unqualified person attempt to
administer insulin to an unconscious patient.
I assume Summer has type 1 diabetes, which usually develops in childhood
or adolescence, in which the body produces no insulin of its own. With
type 2, which I have, the body's natural insulin level is low, but it
can be managed with synthetic insulin, as well as other medications,
diet and exercise.
This plot has echoes of teenager Katy Harris, who also had type 1
diabetes. She arrived with her family under a witness protection
programme in 2002. In 2005, after accidentally killing her father Tommy,
she committed suicide by drinking sugared water. It might have been
quicker if she had overdosed on insulin!
Incidentally, Thomas Craig, who played Tommy Harris, is well known in
Canada as a police inspector on Murdoch Mysteries, set in 1890s Toronto,
which has been running on CBC since 2008. And Richard Fleesman, who
played Katy's brother Craig Harris, went on to be a successful actor,
musician and singer-sonwriter. Richard's father David, sister Emily and
mother Sue Jenkins have all appeared on Corrie.