This was a 52 year old family man, with a long history of type 1 diabetes. Somehow, work and family got in the way of his health and he stopped monitoring his glucose levels. With a busy work and family life, neglecting our health probably happens to most of us; unfortunately with type 1 diabetes there isn't any other alternatives I tell my patients: Until we have better technology they will need to self monitor their glucose with their glucometer.
In the last 8 months, we were able to get things turned around. We put him on an insulin pump, reeducated him on insulin management and glucose monitoring. His hemoglobin a1c dropped from 12.1% to 7.1%. More importantly, his hypoglycemic episodes decreased significantly; he has not experienced another severe episode since his accident.
When I saw him a month ago, I felt that he was ready to try to reapply for his license again. I filled out the necessary paperwork. And a month later, he's succeeded.
I wish him all the best and I'm confident he'll continue to do well. Is there the chance this may happen again? There's always the chance. Always the risk. But will he let this happen again? I strongly doubt it.
Well done, Mr. K!