In five year old Alyssa's eyes, "Mummy was being silly,"
lying on the floor instead of rushing around getting her ready for school on
the first day back after
Christmas. Her nine year old sister, Abby, however, had recognised a crisis
and knew how to act.
She had seen her mother, Jill Renton, experiencing a "low" or "hypo" before
and knew that at such times it was essential for her to take in glucose
fast. She set the machine to show the amount of glucose in her mother's
blood, fed her a Kit Kat bar and saw her pull out of her coma. Then she made
breakfast for Alyssa and alerted their grandma, who lives just over the road
in Kings Drive. In a few minutes, Jill was sitting on the settee and the
emergency had passed. There was not even a need to call a doctor. And
neither Abby nor Alyssa could undertand why mummy was giving them such big
cuddles and making such a fuss of them.
Jill suffers from diabetes and knows well enough how to deal with its
challenges to look after her family and work in the evenings. However, she
realises that if it had not been for the alertness of Abby she could have
died, and it was fortunate that she had not suffered the coma after the
children had gone to school. It had been caused by abnormally low glucose
levels (hypoglycemia), and in such cases it is essential to correct the
problem by the rapid ingestion of glucose. The longer a hypo lasts the less
the chances are of a full recovery.
The story proves how quickly young children can rise to responsibility given
the challenge of a real emergency. Jill is thankful to be alive and very
proud of her daughters.
Our picture shows Jill at home with Abby and Alyssa.