Hey everyone, I'm new here as of today.
The reason I've joined this community is concern over my brother-in-law, who is also one of my best friends. Now, a little background on Ron: He is 28 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 2. He's an extremely active guy (plays sports or works out most nights), eats a reasonably good diet but drinks more than he ought to. Also, I guess he isn't able to feel himself getting Low, I'm not sure if there's a term for that. So, to finish my rambling, what's got me scared is that he's been having incidents (where he gets Low to the point that other people have to help him) far more frequently than he used to.
In the 12 years I've known Ron, I've seen him Low a bunch of times. First time it happened I had no idea what was happening, and thankfully his sister (my wife, now) was there and immediately got him to drink a sports drink and he was fine. Since then I've seen him go into seizures twice (both on camping trips), which is just about the scariest thing ever. Now, over the past 6 months or so he's been getting LOW (testing between 30-60) on a weekly basis.
It's to the point where it's stressful just to be around him, and he becomes so belligerent when he's Low that he tries to fight people off when they try to help him. So what do we do? My wife and her parents are going to talk to him about it, but is there anything I can do as a friend to help him, without being overbearing? We keep glucose tabs in our house and car, and keep watch for the signs that he's getting Low. Is that all we can do? Am I over-reacting? Is it normal for him to be that Low as often as he is?
Sorry for the disorganized posting, it's just a scary thing see happening to someone you care about so deeply, and thank you in advance for any advice.