Diabetic dad’s major mistake before bed left him ‘foaming at the mouth’

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As a type 1 diabetic, Michael Holt was accustomed to taking insulin injections but, one night, he accidentally took two before falling asleep.

Lying in bed next to his wife, Lin, who was also asleep, Michael began to have a terrifying reaction to excess insulin.

“I was foaming at the mouth,” Michael recalled. “And my wife tried to help but at that point, nothing could be done.”

Lin rang for the paramedics. “Paramedics managed to bring me around but I was still out of it,” Michael said.

“For some reason, I decided to put my hands on my collarbone and I burrowed into my skin and pulled it apart.

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“My wife heard the noise and thought I was ripping the bed linen.”

Risks of insulin overdose

Diabetes UK says an accidental overdose could lead to severe hypos, which can be deadly.

Not only can severe hypos lead to a feeling of disorientation, it can lead to seizures and death.

“It’s important that your family and friends know what to do if you have a severe hypo and become unconscious,” said Diabetes UK.

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They need to:

  1. Put you into the recovery position (on your side, with your head tilted back and knees bent)
  2. Give you a glucagon injection – if there is one and someone knows how to use it
  3. Call an ambulance – if you don’t have a glucagon injection or if you haven’t recovered 10 minutes after the injection.

Michael’s horrific ordeal occurred eight years ago, in 2015, which required him to undergo double reconstructive shoulder surgery.

Michael had 20 titanium pins fitted in his shoulders and a metal plate fitted in his left arm.

Speaking to Liverpool Echo, Michael said: “I have limited leverage in my arms and I can’t lift them as high as other people.”

Yet, after years of physical therapy, Michael has set himself a challenge to sail across the Atlantic.

Michael will be setting off on January 25, 2024, from Gran Canaria in his boat True Blue. The voyage is expected to take 55 days ending in Port St Charles in Barbados.

For his adventure, Michael hopes to raise funds for the Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS).

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