Offer Disability Parking Permits to Type 1 Diabetics.
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As a Type 1 Diabetic, I have often had to reach for some form of food when my blood sugar drops while driving. Not addressing a blood sugar drop would result in a catastrophic accident for myself and those around me. I could lose consciousness, I can black out and it is not difficult to draw one's mind to what may happen to other drivers on the road if I am unable to have a few jelly beans to ensure I can stay focussed on the road and protect other drivers as well as myself. The JDRF suggest that if you were to have a 'hypo' you should pull over immediately, keep jelly beans stashed in your glove box and take 30 minutes to recover on the side of the road.
The law currently excludes Type 1 Diabetics from disability permits unless they can prove that they cannot walk long distances because of their health. This means, while our blood sugar drops and we experience hypoglycaemic episodes, we cannot quickly pull-over at the first point available if a hypo was to happen in a parking lot, parking bay or near a No Stopping zone. We would instead have to find a regular parking spot which could take precious minutes that are needed to save our own lives. The law isn't treating our emergency for what it is.
7 or 8 times out of 10, we will not need this parking spot, but for the two to three times out of ten where respite is offered, those few seconds of exemption could be life changing.
This change to the law should also be extended to parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes). What are poor mothers or fathers to do when they are on the road and can see their child slipping out of consciousness? Don't they have enough on their plates? Shouldn't they be offered some support?
The thing about being a Type 1 Diabetic is that it is unpredictable and our decline is rapid when a hypoglycaemic episode occurs.
Hypoglycaemia, also known as low blood sugar, is when blood sugar decreases to below normal levels. This may result in a variety of symptoms including clumsiness, trouble talking, confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures or death. A feeling of hunger, sweating, shakiness and weakness may also be present. Symptoms typically come on quickly.
Knowing this, it seems remiss of the government not to offer respite to the thousands of sufferers around the country who need quick solutions to their rapid and often uncontrollable decline in health.
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Give Type 1 Diabetics and parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes disability parking permits today.
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