Vermillion mother has good reason to be proud of her son

Vermillion mother has good reason to be proud of her son by David Lias Joleen and Duane Bos, naturally, are proud of their 18-year-old son, Alan, a senior at Vermillion High School.

Monday, he certainly didn't disappoint his mother.

Joleen, a Type 1 diabetic for nearly 30 years now, may be in a coma right now if Alan hadn't noticed, as he was leaving for class early Monday, that his mother's bedroom light was still on.

Joleen, who works in the Information Technology Services department at USD, usually rises early every morning and is out the door, at the latest, by 7:45 a.m.

Joleen said she must rely on glucose tests to know when her blood sugar levels are too low.

"I can't tell when I'm going low," she said, "so when I get up, I check my blood, and Monday morning, it was at the low end of normal, but still in the normal range.

"I was taking my shower, and the last I remember I was getting something out of my closet, trying to reach a sweater," Joleen said. "Next thing I know, it's about two hours later and my husband is there helping me."

Alan was getting ready to leave for school when he noticed his parents' bedroom light was still on. Joleen said he thought she and Duane had taken the day off, because Monday was their anniversary.

"He said goodbye, and nobody answered him, so he came into the room to check," Joleen said.

Alan discovered his mother had slipped into a diabetic coma.

He rushed to USD in his car, and found Duane, who works on the grounds crew.

They hurried home and Duane gave his wife an injection to quickly boost her glucose level. After she gained consciousness and could swallow, he began feeding her juice.

"And he put on the heater in the bathroom and got it up to about 90 degrees in there, because I got really cold," Joleen said.

Remarkably, Joleen still went to work Monday morning.

"I made to the office at about 10:30 a.m.," she said. "I was okay, but it just wipes you out. You're just exhausted. Just with a normal reaction, when you don't go unconscious, you get that way."

Had Alan not been curious about the bedroom light, the results could have been fatal.

Joleen said she may have slipped into a coma Monday because her kidneys, while stable, are not functioning at capacity.

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