I think that there is something in the air, yesterday we went to two diabetics with critically low blood sugars. It's a job that we sometimes do, but isn't actually that common. The day before there were at least two others in our area, one of which was quite ill.
The first was rather simple. A woman found her husband collapsed in the living room, she called us and we quickly diagnosed and treated the low blood sugar. When we found him he was unconscious, sweating profusely and was rather ill looking. One injection and some glucose gel and an hour later the patient was playing with with his very cute doberman. We may have also been enjoying the friendly dog as well.
The second person was a young woman in the workplace. I felt sorry for her as she was surrounded by her work colleagues and it was impossible for us to move her to a more private area. She wasn't as low as our first patient although she was very sweaty and was acting as if she were drunk. Once more we managed to 'cure' her with some sugary drinks an a little time. She was mortified that she was ill in front of her colleagues. She had received some immediate help from her friends, one of whom was 'first aid at work' trained.
Neither patient wanted to go to hospital, and once their blood sugar was back to normal there wasn't much that the hospital would do. Traditionally these are the sorts of patients who refuse to attend hospital and are left behind by us ambulance crews.
Still it is nice to be able to help people in such a profound manner – it makes a nice change from people who aren't actually ill.