Drumroll pleaseâ€¦this very week weâ€™re witnessing a first. NHS Diabetes is staging its first national Hypo Awareness Week . The week was strategically placed to coincide with National Fishing Month, but to squeeze in before the ever popular European Bat Weekend at the end of August (honestly, these things exist, they’reÂ on the interweb).
The idea is to raise awareness amongst healthcare professionals working in secondary care who may stumble across a sweating, incoherent, pale faced diabeticÂ wandering round a hospital and not know what to do with it. Theyâ€™ll also be encouraged to keep a fully stocked hypo kit on wards, so when one of us does keel over, they at least have the means nearby to sort it out.
Seems like a sensible idea to me. I just hope they get the training right, otherwise weâ€™re going to see some great press stories about pale skinned people on hot days being wrestled to the ground and force fed fruit pastilles by over enthusiastic receptionists.
On a personal note, I feel like I would probably benefit from a more local version of the campaign for my family and friends who are sometimesÂ a little over-aware when it comes to hypos. I’d call itÂ â€śItâ€™s not always a hypo you knowâ€ť.Â It would gently explain that their concern is appreciated, but sometimes Iâ€™m just tired, pale, sweaty, angry, not understanding what theyâ€™re saying because theyâ€™re not explaining it clearly or simply being quiet. It isnâ€™t always a hypo!
What would you make people more or less aware of about hypos?