Pictured left to right: The two Girl Scouts, Cadettes Myah Eggert and Danielle Foster, quick thinking and remembering what they learned about recognizing signs of someone having a diabetic crisis allowed them to make a life saving effort on a normal day at their local pool.
(Photo courtesy of Charles Bolinger Communications Assistant)
ST. PETERS, Mo. - Girl Scout Cadettes Myah Eggert and Danielle Foster of Troop 2359 never thought humorous intentions could take such a serious turn.
The pair recognized a woman at their neighborhood pool recently and went to tell her a joke. Once they reached her, they saw something amiss.
“When we got out of the pool, I noticed she wasn't acting right and she was hanging on to the side of the chair and rocking around,” Myah said. “When I tried talking to her she was non-verbal. That's when Danielle and I had to take action.”
The woman, Karen LeMere, has diabetes and while at the Laurel Park Pool in St. Peters, Mo., she became hypoglycemic, meaning her blood sugar had become dangerously low.
“Even though I was nervous I knew I had to try to help,” Myah said. “Danielle stood behind her to flag my mom out of the pool while I tried to talk to the lady. When I saw her glucose meter out, I thought it might be for her diabetes. So when my mom got out of the pool, Danielle and I ran up and got a soda while my mom stayed with the lady.”
“Once they realized something wasn’t right with me, they took charge,” Karen, a former Girl Scout herself, said. “They went and got me a soda from the concession stand to raise my blood sugar then they stayed with me for 45 minutes making sure I was okay. I am very proud of those young women.”
Myah said soon after Karen started drinking the soda she started coming back to normal and was able to talk to them and tell them what happened.
A few years ago, Troop Leader Kim Eggert and her girls took a first-aid class sponsored by the American Red Cross. The woman who taught the class explained situations Kim and the girls may encounter, what signs to look for in each case and the best way to help.
Remembering the knowledge they gained from the class, Eggert told the girls their quick-thinking actions kept Karen from slipping into a diabetic coma. After Karen told the girls she was fine, Kim reminded them about the differences between hypoglycemia and other conditions they learned in the first-aid class, such as strokes or coronaries and under what circumstances the girls might need to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR.
Myah said after Karen was safe, the reality of what she and Danielle did set in. “I freaked out because I realized just how scary it was. That's when Danielle and I started talking to my mom about the first-aid class we took a few years ago and my mom told us if we ever see a person behaving like that, think diabetes first because that's the easiest to fix. After a minute or so if the sugar doesn't work, call 911 because it's probably a bigger problem.”