MINNEAPOLIS — Dave Thoen feared being alone at night, knowing he could be blindsided at any time by a debilitating, even deadly, seizure.
The Bloomington, Minn., actuary suffered from both diabetes and a condition called “hypoglycemic unawareness,” which blocks the telltale signs of low blood sugar. Despite frequent blood tests and obsessive attention to diet and exercise, seizures could strike him like a hammer — like the blackout that occurred one night during a business trip to Los Angeles. When Thoen regained consciousness, he found himself locked outside his room and covered in blood. His spasms apparently had caused him to bang his head repeatedly into the nightstand.
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